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May 1, 2015 – Asian Heritage Month

May is Asian Heritage month – a month of festivities across Canada to highlight, honour and recognize the many and varied contributions Canadians of Asian heritage have made, and continue to make, to the cultural, economic and social fabric of Canada.

Asian Heritage Month was established in 2001 by now retired Liberal Senator Vivienne Poy, who was the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Senate of Canada.

Through events – theatre and dance performances, conferences, workshops and story-telling – Canadians will have the opportunity to learn about and celebrate the diverse cultures of the Asian Diasporas in Canada.

Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. Toronto’s diverse communities share and celebrate their cultures and traditions with residents in every corner of our city.


As a city proud of its multiculturalism, each and every community plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.


I encourage all Torontonians to take the time to learn about the history and experiences of Asian Canadians – the struggles, triumphs and their significant contributions that make Toronto and Canada a vibrant, multicultural society.