Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba has been informed that during these difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic there are more Anti-Asian Racist Incidents Reported Per Capita in Canada than US According to First National Report (source: Chinese Canadian National Council – For Social Justice). We are asking Manitoban; filmmakers, actors, social media influencers and the public to make their own 3-5 minute short film with a theme and/or story about experiencing anti-Asian racism, or educates/creates awareness on why racism is not acceptable. The best two films will be awarded $300, there will be two categories, Ages 15-22 and Ages 22 and up. Winners of Anti-Racism Short Film Contest will be featured on Asian Heritage Month of May Film Festival, and on our social media platforms.
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It is with a heavy heart that the Board of Directors of Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba Inc. (AHS) has decided to suspend all activities with Asian Heritage Month 2020 celebration. We are taking this action due to the current COVID-19 situation, and in an effort to protect our members, performers, and the audience.
May is a time for celebration of Asian Canadians in Canada. This month offers all Canadians an opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of Asian Canadians and to celebrate their contributions to the growth and prosperity of Manitoba and of Canada. However, in light of the pandemic, we ask everyone to practice physical distancing.
We also encourage engagement and civility. Please be patience and kind to each other. This is not a time for racism and prejudice. We must be strong and band together to battle the virus as well as fear and hopelessness. At this time, more than ever, we must have hope and the courage that we will overcome this difficult period of our lives.
We thank you for your understanding and we urge you to stay safe during this global pandemic.
We look forward to seeing you next year for the Asian Heritage Month 2021 celebration.
– Board of Directors of Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba Inc. (AHS)
What Asian Heritage Month is about.
For the past 18 years, the Asian Heritage Society has successfully brought performers, artists, dancers, writers, musicians, and educators together.
Source: CBC News, Asian Heritage Month 2019 Interview with Marjorie Dowhos and Dr. Art Miki
Since the inaugural Asian Heritage Month in 1993, cities across Canada have held annual festivities. In Manitoba, the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba consisting of representatives from the Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Sri Lankan, Vietnamese, Indo-Chinese, Korean, Filipino, Syrian, Singaporean and Malaysian organizations, have planned a variety of activities to share the Asian cultures with other Canadians.
In May 2017, the Government of Manitoba formally recognized May as Asian Heritage Month.
Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba acknowledge that our communities are located on Treaty 1 territory and that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree,Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
In 2020, the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba will also be celebrating it’s 18th year of recognizing Asian Heritage in Canada. We plan to make May 2020 the best Asian Heritage Month yet, with a variety of performance and educational events that highlight the 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.
Thank you to the following organizations and individuals who helped to make the May 2019 events possible: