May is Asian Heritage Month

What Asian Heritage Month is about

For over 20 years, the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba has successfully brought performers, artists, dancers, writers, musicians, and educators together.

Source: CBC News, Asian Heritage Month 2019 Interview with Marjorie Dowhos and founder and past President, Dr. Art Miki


Special thanks to The Filipino Journal being the only print media sponsor has been with the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba since the beginning, our community’s commitment to preserving the historic events under the backdrop of multiculturalism, and acknowledging contributions of Asian Canadians in Manitoba through the arts, culture and heritage.


Events/Latest News

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Asian Women of Winnipeg - International Women's Day GALA DINNER
Combating Racism Through the Arts: Diversity Festival
Asian Canadian Showcase at Taste of Asia by Foodtrip

Celebration of all Asian Canadian cultures is the goal of the Asian Canadian Showcase, and promote and foster Asian Canadian identity by bringing together community and encouraging the sharing of differences and appreciation of diversity. Our biggest event will have live performances and entertainment, including: dance, music, martial arts and more! Taste of Asia will feature food trucks, markets, activities, and more

May 23-26 – FascinAsian Film Festival
FascinAsian Film Festival
May 24-26

The annual FascinAsian Film Festival started as part of Asian Heritage Month activities in 2017 as an annual Asian Film Night event and has grown to become a branded multi-day festival which will be held in May 2024

Asian Heritage Month 2024 events
Winnipeg Comedy Fest – Asian Heritage Celebration

Not only is Asian Comedy All Stars playing inside at 7:30 PM, but we’ve also got an incredible lineup of FREE programming on the Gas Station Patio!

Japanese Cooking Demonstration

Learn to make: Miso soup, Sunomono, Japanese curry and Sushi with Chef Sadao Ono, the executive chef who brought the tradition of sushi preparation to Winnipeg.

Asian Heritage Month Comedy Show

Bringing Back the Laughs: The 3rd Annual ALL ASIAN MANITOBAN Comedian Lineup Returns for another night of hilarity and hijinks!!! Hosted by Jié Yang, featuring local Asian Manitoban comedians, musical comedy duo, The Lady Lumps, and the hilarious Headliner: Vong Show, who hails from Winnipeg, currently lives in Toronto, and is returning to Winnipeg.

Asian Canadian Writers Showcase Linda Trinh

The Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba invites Linda Trinh from Winnipeg for readings at Winnipeg Public Libraries. Linda Trinh is a Vietnamese Canadian author who writes fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. She explores identity, cultural background, and spirituality. The Nguyen Kids is her first children’s book series.

Asian Canadian Showcase Sign-up 2024

Learn the basics of writing stand-up comedy with the hilarious Vong Show, who hails from Winnipeg, currently lives in Toronto, and is returning to Winnipeg. This workshop is for folks who love comedy and would like to learn the basics of writing stand-up comedy to eventually perform at an open mic comedy night.


Join us for three days of thought-provoking film screenings and enlightening discussions as we confront racism through the lens of cinematic expression!


Join us for a day of celebrating diversity and fighting racism through various artistic expressions at our in-person Diversity Festival!

March 3

The Writers’ Showcase provides an opportunity for five Asian, Indigenous and Black writers to explore racism in their writings and, as writers, be a catalyst for change. Each writer sits down in conversation with the interviewer in an informal setting.

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The Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba has been organizing Asian Heritage Month of May since 2002. This tradition began shortly after December 2001 when the Senate of Canada adopted a motion proposed by Senator Vivienne Poy to officially designate May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada. In May 2017, the Government of Manitoba formally recognized May as Asian Heritage Month. We plan to make this May the best Asian Heritage Month yet, with a variety of arts, cultural performances, and educational events that highlight the contributions, achievements, and talents of the Asian communities in Manitoba. Community involvement is key to the success of our goals, and we are reaching out to preferred businesses and organizations to be supporters and partners

The Asian Heritage Society has successfully brought performers, artists, dancers, writers, musicians, and educators together – reaching approximately 3000 audience members and participants over the course of the month.

If your organization is interested in contributing to Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba, please contact us for more information.

Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba members gather and reside on Treaty One Territory, ancestral lands of the Anishinaabe, Anishininewuk, Dakota Oyate, Denesuline, Ininiwuk, and Nehethowuk peoples. We acknowledge Manitoba is located on the National homeland of the Red River Métis. We acknowledge northern Manitoba includes lands that were and are the ancestral lands of the Inuit.

We, the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba, humbly acknowledge our place within this rich tapestry of cultures and histories. Committed to the principles of truth and reconciliation, we pledge to actively engage in fostering relationships, understanding, and collaboration with Indigenous peoples.  With commitment and action, we contribute to the ongoing spirit of reconciliation, ensuring a future where our shared responsibilities keep us all together.

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