Happy Asian Heritage Month!
During the month of May, we reflect on the many achievements and contributions that Canadians of Asian descent bring to our communities. In celebrating Asian Heritage Month, immigrants from all over Asia are recognized for their resilience, leadership, and passion in their work as Canadians.
Asian Canadians, like our co-chair and 26th Governor General The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, have made inspiring contributions towards literature, human rights activism, entertainment, and government. I encourage you to learn about the events that shaped Asian-Canadian history, like the reform of laws and policies surrounding labour, immigration, and voting.
This month’s newsletter features exhibits and events highlighting Asian Canadian artists and work. As a West Asian Canadian, I hope that this newsletter inspires you to express yourself, learn about others, and celebrate the diverse ethnicities and cultures that make up Canada.
Please continue to wear your masks and remain socially distanced, and check your region’s guidelines and regulations. In regions of the country where it is still safe to visit venues, please follow all health guidelines that the venue has in place. Although we are updating the Canoo app, please always check the website of the venue or call ahead to find out about safety protocols and/or temporary closures in advance of visiting.
Happy Asian Heritage Month!
Hiba, Membership Experience Specialist
Check out the collections of these museums for free online or in person, and be sure to check with the venue before visiting:
Vidya Kotamraju performs Longing… at Vancouver International Dance Festival
Vidya Kotamraju is a Vancouver based Bharata Natyam dance artist and a graduate of the Jai Govinda Dance Academy. In Longing…, she performs a two-part performance based on the universal themes of romantic and spiritual yearning for love, companionship, and oneness. Reserve your ticket here.
A Seat At The Table from Museum of Vancouver
A Seat at the Table is an opportunity to consider the contributions that Chinese migrants and their descendants have made to British Columbia. This exhibition explores historical and contemporary stories of Chinese Canadians and their struggles for belonging. It looks to food and restaurant culture as an entry point to feature stories that reveal the great diversity of immigrant experience and of the communities immigrants develop.
The Incredible Indian Kitchen: Madhur Jaffrey and Vikas Khanna in Conversation at the ROM
Celebrate the rich traditions of Indian cuisine with renowned chefs Madhur Jaffrey and Vikas Khanna, in support of the ROM’s exhibition Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India. Moderated by award winning journalist Jacob Richler, explore the deep history of Indian regional flavours in both traditional cuisines, and how it has influenced the personal gastronomies of two of the industry’s most influential personalities. Watch the conversation here.
Takao Tanabe, Chronicles of Form And Place with Burnaby Art Gallery
Chronicles of Form and Place: Works on Paper by Takao Tanabe is a project initiated by the Burnaby Art Gallery and McMaster Museum of Art to create a resource for visitors to learn more about Takao Tanabe, his history, practice, art, and contributions to the cultural fabric of Canada. View his work here.
Land/s by Gohar Dashti at the Aga Khan Museum
Iranian photographer Gohar Dashti investigates the power of nature to make people feel at home, no matter where they find themselves on Earth. Each photo in the series showcases a mobile billboard situated in a different spectacular landscape in Iran. Though the photos on the billboards closely resemble the topographies they have been set against, each one was taken more than 10,000 kilometres away, in the U.S. The exhibit is located at the Aga Khan Park. Click here for more information.
Asian Canadian History with Parks Canada
Asian Canadians’ resilience has made its mark on our history, with events like the construction of the Abbotsford Gur Sikh Temple, the creation of the Japanese Canadian newspaper The New Canadian, and the growth of the historic town of Barkerville. Read about Canada’s history of anti-Chinese immigration laws, restrictions on immigrants from India on the SS Komagata Maru, the forcible relocation of Japanese Canadians, and more on This Week In History with Parks Canada.
“Art is a universal language, and not only does it touch our emotions and connect us to others, it helps us to understand the world around us and where we fit into that.”
Meet Umut Turnali! Like the team at Canoo, he believes that arts and culture bring people together, which is a belief he carries with him as an active citizen and small business owner in Vancouver. Read Umut’s full story here.
New Canoo Attraction: Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre
The Lincoln Museum and Cultural Centre: Home of the Jordan Historical Museum of the Twenty is dedicated to the interpretation, exhibition, research, collection, and preservation of past, present, and future narratives relevant to the Town and the Niagara Region.
The museum building includes four gallery spaces with two exhibits on permanent display and two galleries that rotate exhibits. The site is home to two historic buildings: a stone schoolhouse, built in 1859 and restored to 1908, and the Fry House a two story log family home built in 1815. This new Canoo attraction is now available on the Canoo App! Visit their website here.
The 2021 Census is Here
The 2021 Census is here and available to complete online! Census data are used to provide demographic and socioeconomic information to all people across Canada, including immigrant communities. These results can help individuals, their communities and their governments plan, develop and expand key services and credits. Read about the census in 38 different languages here.