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May is Asian Heritage Month

Friday, April 28, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB

In December 2001, Asian Heritage Month was officially recognized by the Senate of Canada through a motion by Senator Vivienne Poy:

“That May be recognized as Asian Heritage Month, given the important contributions of Asian Canadians to the settlement, growth and development of Canada, the diversity of the Asian community, and its present significance to this country.”


Asia is a land of great political, economic, social, ethnic, cultural and religious diversity; this diversity creates challenges when we attempt to define Asia in geographic and political terms. The inclusive and broad definition of Asian used by the TDSB Asian Heritage Month committee includes all people whose ancestors came from:

  • East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan);
  • South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan);
  • Southeast Asia (Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines);
  • the Pacific Islands; and
  • Central Asia (Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan)


Over the past 10 years, many Asian communities in Canada have participated in this celebration, organizing local events during May. In the Toronto District School Board, the theme for Asian Heritage Month 2017 is: Asian Canadian Heritage: Celebrating 150 years. and we celebrate this special month with a vast array of resources, information and events, in our schools and communities.


Throughout this month, we invite all members of the TDSB to celebrate the many contributions and cultural richness of the Asian Diaspora and all its diverse communities in Canada.


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and to acquire the knowledge, skills
and values they need to become responsible, contributing members of
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