Celebrating Asian Heritage Month

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 12:00 pm - Monday, May 30, 2022 8:00 pm EDT

Asian Heritage Month 2022 Poster

The theme for Asian Heritage Month 2022 is, “Continuing a legacy of greatness”. It is a reminder for all Canadians to come together to combat anti-Asian racism and discrimination in all its forms. May 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the Senate of Canada’s Declaration of May as Asian Heritage Month, a motion tabled by the Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy, the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Senate of Canada. To celebrate Asian Heritage Month, Waterloo Architecture has compiled a list of resources that are available for its community members.

Letter from the University President, Vivek Goel


SOSA x RAIC Present: Spotlight South Asia - May 25th, 2022, 12:00pm - 1:30 pm

RAIC and SOSA (Society of South Asian Architects, Canada) are pleased to present Spotlight South Asia, a roundtable discussion and Q&A session with Safdar Abidi, Principal, Higher Education, Perkins&Will and Supreet Barhay, Principal, WZMH Architects. The webinar will present the speakers’ professional journeys and challenges they faced along the way, while providing insights to young professionals and new immigrants. The discussion will also feature SOSA’s Executive Team and explore the commonalities and uniqueness among their experiences. 

Society of South Asian Architects, Canada (SOSA) is the first community-based not-for-profit organization that represents the interests of South Asian architects and design professionals by embracing and advocating a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the professions of architecture and design. SOSA’s goal is to support communities by creating opportunities for mentorship, education, networking, and outreach. Check out SOSA's Instagram

Explorations of Asian Identity, Perceptions and Belonging - May 25th, 2022, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
President's Anti-Racism Taskforce (PART)

The event will feature a robust panel discussion that explores Asian-Canadian identity and anti-Asian racism, particularly in light of the rise in hate crimes over the past year. Panelists bring a breadth of perspectives from human rights law, private-sector diversity, equity and inclusion work, critical race studies, Asian diasporic literature, and their lived experiences.
Register on Ticketfi.

South Asian Heritage Month 2022 - Panel Discussion - May 25, 2022, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Council of Agencies Serving South Asians
The annual South Asian Heritage month (SAHM) campaign is part of CASSA's ongoing work to mobilize the South Asian communities' voice and action towards Canadian and global justice by creating spaces for conversations, learning/unlearning, and bridging gaps within and between communities.

Chinatown: An Opera Performance - May 30, 2022 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Toronto Public Library
This new opera is a story of family and neighbourhood, racism and resistance, history and tomorrow. It examines six characters, two families, and a chorus of male ghosts, from the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway to our own times. It deals with violence and despair, the Head Tax, the Chinese Exclusion Act, paper sons, and paper promise. It is a Western opera, but incorporates Chinese themes, sounds and sensibilities. And it is a love story.


Waterloo Public Library - Reading List, Film list etc. 

23 books for kids and young adults to celebrate Asian Heritage Month in Canada | CBC Books

Here's what Guelph's The Bookshelf recommends reading for Asian Heritage Month | CBC News


Asian Heritage Month Collection documentaries, films and shows

Anti-Asian Racism Info:

Advocates push for awareness of anti-Asian racism as new surveys highlight toll

Addressing anti-Asian racism