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May is Asian Heritage Month

Updated: May 22, 2021

The theme for Asian Heritage Month 2021, “Recognition, Resilience, and Resolve” embodies the myriad of sentiments that peoples of Asian descent in Canada have experienced, and honours their contributions, diverse experiences and stories that are rooted in their resilience and perseverance.


Asian Heritage Month - Indigo Books:

May is Asian Heritage Month and is an opportunity to reflect upon, learn about, and celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander storytelling.


Learn the Chinese Language - Coursera:

Chinese for HSK 3 is a 10-week course. It consists of two parts: Part I, which is a 6-week program, covers vocabulary and grammar delivered mainly through dialogues and passages; Part II takes 4 weeks to complete, and the foci are exercises and testing strategies.

Chinese for HSK 3 aims at the third level of HSK. It is the counterpart of Level 3 of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the B1 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Offered by: Peking University is determined to make its education openly accessible to students in China and around the world. With over 3000 faculty members, Peking University offers excellence in teaching and learning.


Another free course from Coursera:

Offered by Nanjing University: This course of Chinese Culture and Contemporary China will explore the foundations of Chinese civilization and the dimensions of Chinese culture. It will pay particular attention to the relationship between Chinese culture and the present-day life of the Chinese people and to the different elements of the culture which are under the present social structures, belief systems, literature, arts, customs, etc. The course aims at providing students with a deeper knowledge of Chinese culture, thus enabling them to better understand China.


Beverly Glenn-Copeland - an incredible comeback thanks to Japan!

As a sci-fi obsessed woman living in near isolation, Beverly Glenn-Copeland wrote and self-released Keyboard Fantasies in Huntsville, Ontario back in 1986. Recorded in an Atari-powered home-studio, the cassette featured seven tracks of a curious folk-electronica hybrid, a sound realized far before its time. Three decades on, the musician – now Glenn Copeland – began to receive emails from people across the world, thanking him for the music they’d recently discovered. Courtesy of a rare-record collector in Japan, a reissue of Keyboard Fantasies and subsequent plays by Four Tet, Caribou and more, the music had finally found its audience two generations down the line.

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From the Phoblographer:

For Asian History month, we’re going to celebrate some of the biggest names to come out of Asia over the past 60 years. Some names you may be familiar with; if you’re not, you’re in for a treat because the Asian continent has a rich history of producing fantastic photographers. The names in this list are a combination of long-standing masters and Asian photographers from more recent times. Rather than use a random photo from their vast portfolios, we’ve specially selected videos so you can learn more about the artists, their careers, and their creative processes:


The Sixth Love Language

By Linh S. Nguyễn; Illustrations by Sean C. Kershaw

More on “Whose Chinatown?”

Morris Lum, "Xam Yu Seafood

Restaurant, Toronto,"


Canada's Chinatowns have always been vibrant locales for both residents and visitors. But as with other cultural pockets, they’re in flux. This evolution, as seen through the eyes of those who live there, is the focus of a historical overview, Whose Chinatown?

The exhibition is curated by Montreal artist Karen Tam, known for challenging perceptions of Chinese culture by building installations – restaurants, opium dens, karaoke lounges and curio shops – from materials she borrows, buys and scrounges in the community.

For this project, she collected photographs, drawings, videos and memorabilia from families and institutions. They are arranged in three categories – enterprise, living spaces and the Chinese societies that help immigrants adapt to new circumstances.


As interviewed on CBC’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers. Jen Sookfong Lee's poetry collection The Shadow List is an honest and intimate look at agency and desire.

The Shadow List is a poetry collection by Jen Sookfong Lee. (Wolsak & Wynn, Kyrani Karavanos)


Catch the last few days Festival Accès Asie

About Festival Accès Asie: Established in 1995, Festival Accès Asie is Canada’s longest continuously running Asian heritage arts festival. Festival Accès Asie is a Montréal-based arts festival that promotes Asian arts, cultures, and histories through a diversity of artistic disciplines including the visual arts, dance, theatre, video, film, music, comedy, poetry, literature, performance, new media, and culinary arts. More than 20 countries - The Festival has presented artists of Asian origin from more than 20 different countries including East Asia (Japan, China, Korea); Southeast Asia (Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore); South Asia (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka); Central & Middle Eastern Asia (Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Armenia).


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