Organizations and educational resources

Read about the organizations and educational resources dedicated to promoting and commemorating Asian heritage in Canada.

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Organizations

Alberta

  • Asian Heritage Month Society of Edmonton
    The Society was founded in May 1998. It continues to be a leader in the production and presentation of cultural works to new audiences and in the intergenerational exchange of ideas and experiences among leading Canadian of Asian origin creators.
  • Asian Heritage Foundation (Southern Alberta)
    The Foundation helps redefine and reclaim what is mainstream through our key themes of instilling pride and purpose, continuing the memory and the legacy, and changing the mainstream narrative. It works to build cross-cultural relationships that recognize cultural diversity as a profound strength of Alberta society.

British Columbia

  • Chinatown Vancouver
    Vancouver has been home to a vibrant Chinese community since the mid-19th century. Today, Vancouver's Chinatown is one of the largest in North America and provides an authentic Asian encounter complete with unique architecture, exotic culinary aromas and an array of imported goods.
  • Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver
    The Centre promotes understanding and friendship between the Chinese community and other cultural groups in Canada.
  • Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
    The Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre opened in September 2000 and houses the Nikkei National Museum and a Japanese Canadian cultural centre. The Centre’s mandate is to promote a better understanding and appreciation of Japanese Canadian culture and heritage, and the contribution of Canadians of Japanese origin to Canadian society.
  • Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society
    Since 1996, the Society has endeavoured to explore the diversity of Asian Canadian life and culture and promote discussion of relevant issues and concerns within and beyond the Canadian of Asian origin community.

Manitoba

  • Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba
    The Society is comprised of various individuals who help make Asian Heritage Month a success each year. In Manitoba, the Society consists of representatives from Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, Indo-Chinese, Korean and Filipino organizations.

New Brunswick

  • Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick
    The Society was established in 2002 to promote the federal objectives of Asian Heritage Month and to organize educational and cultural events commemorating the legacy of Canadians of Asian origin, past and present.

Ontario

  • Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto
    The Centre is a non-profit, non-political organization with the objective to build a Chinese cultural centre for residents of the Greater Toronto Area. The Centre also acts as a bridge between the Canadian of Chinese origin community and other communities to promote cross-cultural understanding.
  • Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society
    The Society is a non-profit organization of volunteers that shares Asian and Asian Canadian heritage with the National Capital Region.
  • Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre– Toronto
    The Centre fosters mutual understanding and facilitates the exchange of information about Japanese culture with the community at large through a wide range of programs. The Centre also works to build a spirit of co‑operation and harmony among people of different cultures by coordinating community events and programs with other ethnic organizations.
  • Canadian Multicultural Council – Asians in Ontario
    The link takes you to the Council’s Facebook page. The Council is an umbrella organization representing more than 20 Asian countries, ethnic regions and cultures in Canada.

Quebec

  • Festival Accès Asie
    Festival Accès Asie was first formed in 1995 as the Montreal Asian Heritage Festival, on an Asian Heritage Month mandate. It presents all artistic disciplines in dance, comedy, theatre, video, film, visual arts, music, poetry, performance and new media.
  • Young Chinese Professionals Association (YCPA)
    The YCPA aim at uniting, empowering and propelling young Asian professionals and entrepreneurs. It foster networks and create opportunities to connect, train and equip their members with the tools to exceed their potential and become today’s leaders.

Educational resources

  • A Scholar’s Garden
    Take a virtual tour of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Located in Vancouver, it is the first full-scale classical Chinese Garden ever constructed outside of China.
  • Chinese Canadian Women, 1923-1967
    Funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the online exhibit entitled Chinese Canadian Women, 1923-1967: Inspiration - Innovation – Ingenuity, explores a compelling chapter of Canadian history through the experiences of Chinese Canadian women.
  • Heroes Remember: Featured Chinese-Canadian Veterans
    Veteran Affairs Canada’s Heroes Remember presents twenty-one veterans who speak candidly about their wartime efforts.
  • Japanese Canadian National Museum – British Columbia
    The Museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit artifacts and archives relating to the history of Canadians of Japanese origin from the 1870s to the present, and to communicate  the Japanese Canadian experience and contribution as an integral part of Canada's heritage and multicultural society.
  • Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society
    The Society is an integrated component of the Chinese Museum within the Chinese Cultural Centre complex in Vancouver's Chinatown. Its goal is to collect, preserve, document, and commemorate the role of Chinese Canadian veterans in the service of Canada's military and its impact on Chinese Canadian history and civil rights. 
  • Historica Canada
    This Web site describes the Canada‑Asia experience from earliest times to the present day. The Web site discusses not only the Asian experience in Canada, but also the evolution of Canadian society itself, from exclusion to greater tolerance and an embracing of diversity.
  • The Ties that Bind
    The Ties That Bind: Building the CPR, Building a Place in Canada examines the struggle of the Canadian of Chinese origin community to establish an identity and roots in Canada. This online project was developed by The Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada.
  • The Virtual Museum of Asian Canadian Cultural Heritage
    This collaborative work focuses on showcasing Asian Canadian heritage, achievements, contributions and stories. The Web site also features works by Canadian of Asian origin artists and encourages participation in the cultural life of Canada. It is also a valuable teaching resource for schools on Asian heritage and culture.

Noteworthy films

  • Iron Road
    The story begins as a humble, individual quest and opens into the immigrants' epic struggle for dignity and identity. The story of Iron Road presents an ideal opportunity to educate young people about the history of the Chinese in Canada, the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway and the cultural diversity of our nation.
  • Unwanted Soldiers
    This picture tells the personal story of filmmaker Jari Osborne's father, and other Chinese Canadian veterans who fought in the Second World. Osborne's father and his compatriots recall their training for top-secret missions behind enemy lines in Southeast Asia, as they proudly fought for a country that had discriminated against them.
  • Everything Will Be
    Everything Will Be is a documentary by Sundance award-winning director Julia Kwan. It captures the subtle changes in Vancouver's once-thriving Chinatown—in the midst of a transformation that plays out across many ethnic enclaves in Canada. This film shows how gentrification and new immigrants have transformed Vancouver's once-homogenous, working-class Chinatown. The community's oldest and newest members offer their intimate perspectives on the shifting landscape as they reflect on change, memory and legacy.
  • Tiger! 
    This film traces the journey of "Tiger" Jeet Singh, a Punjab-Canadian immigrant who became one of Japan's most popular professional wrestlers. It follows his unconventional life from being a newly-landed Canadian resident to frequent travel to fight in Japan to his current day life in small-town Ontario as a successful local businessman.
  • Scenes from a Corner Store
    An intimate portrayal of a Canadian-Korean family's struggle to understand each other. The documentary shows the common struggle between old-world Asian parents passing down their traditional values and their new-world kids' resistance despite their love for their father and mother.
  • Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story
    This documentary tells the story of the Asahi baseball team, champions of the Pacific Northwest until they lost everything and were herded into internment camps after Pearl Harbor. Within the barbed wire, the Tigers' passion for the game remained contagious, as RCMP officials and local townspeople joined in, breaking down racial and cultural barriers.
  • Continuous Journey
    This film recounts the Komagata Maru Incident of 1914 through a mix of archival and contemporary footage. The ship carrying 376 Indian immigrants to Canada became the battleground between those seeking immigration to Canada and the imperial forces that refused to allow them their right to a fair passage from India.

Special thanks

We would like to give a special thanks to the following organizations for their valuable input and contributions:

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