May 1st marks the beginning of Asian Heritage Month in Canada. Alarmingly, this celebrated learning opportunity is taking place in parallel with ever increasing incidents of anti-Asian racism and hate crimes
(BURNABY) May 1, 2021- Today marks the start of Asian Heritage Month in Canada, a time to highlight the rich diversity of the Asian Diaspora and the extraordinary contributions of Canadians of Asian descent.
United in diversity, Asian Heritage Month recognizes that Asian Canadians can trace their ancestries from more than 20 different countries, each with their own unique cultural fabric.
Asian-Canadians have helped make Canada what it is today, in every aspect of society including in the arts, sciences, sports, business, and government.
As we pause to remember the positive contributions that Asian-Canadians have made to our society, we also condemn the rise in discriminatory and racist behaviour, being committed against people of Asian descent.
We all have a role to play in denouncing discrimination and xenophobia, and stopping the spread of racism, whether online, on our streets, in our homes, or in our workplaces.
We can all do our part to learn more about the history of Canadians of Asian and work to end all incidents of racism, whenever, and wherever it occurs.