Asian Heritage Month

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Celebrating Asian Heritage Month

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, an opportunity to learn about the diverse culture and history of Asian communities in Canada, as well as to acknowledge the many achievements and contributions of people of Asian origin.

The theme for Asian Heritage Month 2024 is “Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future: Amplifying Asian Canadian Legacy”. This theme celebrates the rich heritage and contributions of people of Asian origin in Canada while also looking forward to the future with optimism and hopefulness. 

At Nipissing University, we aspire to create and sustain an inclusive campus which values the richness that diversity brings to our campus, our classrooms, and our communities. This month, take some time to learn about the many contributions, achievements, and lived experiences of Asian Canadians by reviewing the resources below.

Celebrate Canada's Asian Heritage - Asian Heritage Month

Canadians of Asian heritage have helped build our great country. These contributions are important to our past and present, and will help shape Canada's future.

Asian Heritage Month Resources



  • Act2endracism – Provides resources and tools for the general public, community organizations, and survivors of racism. Created by a coalition of Asian Canadians and organizations.
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  • #Elimin8Hate: #Elmin8Hate strives for racial equity and inclusive society for all Asian Canadians
  • The RepresentASIAN Project: The RepresentASIAN Project™ is a Canadian platform dedicated to celebrating, advocating and elevating Asian representation and voices in media and beyond.

CBC Recommendations

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) – Asian Heritage Month Resources

Webinars, Training Sessions and Events

Films and Videos

Novels, Poetry and Non-Fiction

  • Chop Suey Nation: The Legion Café and Other Stories from Canada’s Chinese Restaurants by Ann Hui
  • Dim Sum Stories by Larry Wong
  • Familiar Face by Michael DeForge
  • Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai
  • Human Acts by Han Kang
  • Hotel by Karen Tei Yamashita
  • Obasan, by Joy Kogawa
  • Love Work by Janie Mirikitani
  • Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
  • Paper Shadows by Wayson Choy
  • Rolling the R’s by R. Zamora Linmark
  • Seventeen Syllables by Hisaye Yamamoto
  • Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
  • Tales from Firozsha Baag by Rohinton Mistry
  • The Gangster We Are All Looking For by Lê Thi Diem Thúy
  • The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer by Eric Tran
  • The Library of Legends by Janie Chang
  • The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen 
  • The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya
  • We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib
  • Wild Swans by Jung Chang

For further information related to equity, diversity and inclusion, please contact Traci Malkowski, Human Resources and Equity Advisor at