Asian Heritage Month

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Celebrating Asian Heritage Month - A Message from the President

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, a time to learn about, reflect upon, and celebrate the many contributions and achievements of Canadians of Asian heritage who have helped shape our country. 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Government of Canada’s official declaration of May as Asian Heritage Month. The theme for 2022 is “Continuing a Legacy of Greatness” and serves as a reminder for all Canadians to come together to combat anti-Asian racism and discrimination in all its forms.  

At Nipissing University, we value the richness that diversity brings to our campus, our classrooms, and our communities. As President, I have committed to taking action to create and sustain a more diverse and inclusive campus and, to my knowledge, this is the first year we have officially acknowledged Asian Heritage Month as an institution. While acknowledgement is just a small step, it provides a foundation for further change and serves as an example of our collective will to strengthen our equity and inclusion efforts across the University. This month, and throughout the year, I encourage you to dedicate some time to reading, listening, and learning about the many contributions, achievements, and lived experiences of Asian Canadians. By educating ourselves about the histories and social injustices experienced by our students and colleagues, we will continue to take steps towards creating an inclusive community. 

If you are interested in getting involved in future Asian Heritage Month celebrations or other equity and inclusion initiatives, please contact Sydnee Wiggins, Human Resources & Equity Advisor at:

Kevin B. Wamsley, PhD
President & Vice-Chancellor 

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