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Asian Heritage Month

May is Asian Heritage Month and we celebrate the rich Asian heritage of our communities.

We acknowledge the Asian-heritage community leaders and builders and want to uplift their voices and stories. We will also begin the work to formally tackle anti-Asian racism while acknowledging that this is an ongoing process and just the beginning of our work to dismantle structural racism.

In May 2021 we offered two anti-Asian racism training webinars with Dr. Grace Wong-Sneddon:

Stronger Together: Stand up to Asian Hate  on May 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Building Resilience Together: Supporting Asian Communities on May 25 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (with BC Non-Profit Housing Association – no charge)

We also featured a FREE double-bill Movie Night of Cedar and Bamboo and All Our Father’s Relations.  The directors of Cedar and Bamboo, Kamala Todd and Diana Leung  were invited to join us to discuss the film.

Just a short list of “hidden” Canadians of Asian heritage:

William “Bill” Gun Chong – Military hero Jim Wong-Chu – Poet, historian, activist Herb (Harbance) Dhaliwal – Politician
Inspector Baltej Singh Dhillon – Community builder Thomas Fung – Philanthropist, community builder Margaret Gee – Lawyer, pilot
Chan-hon Goh – Ballerina, arts leader Hiromi Goto – Writer Naranjan Singh-Grewall – Politician
Carol Huynh – Olympic wrestler Douglas Jung – Politician Larry “King” Kwong – NHL hockey player
David See-Chai Lam – Former Lieutenant Governor of BC Lieutenant Commander (Retired) William K. L. Lore Jean Lumb – Community builder
Brian McKeever – Paralympian Masumi Mitsui – Military hero Wally Oppal – Lawyer, judge and politician
Dural P. Pandia – Activist Jon Kimura Parker – Pianist Baljit Sethi – Community builder
Jagmeet Singh – Leader of federal NDP David Suzuki – Scientist, broadcaster, activist Yuki Tsubota – Olympic freestyle skier
Kew Dock Yip – Lawyer and community leader Chinese students soccer team of 1933 Asahi baseball team
Sikh Canadians serving in World War I Chinese Canadians serving in World War II



And see more resources for anti-racism