Asian Heritage Month at UBC

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Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian descent, who have done so much to make Canada the amazing country we share today.

This year Asian Heritage month is taking place against a background of anti-Asian racism and the continued tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a devastating humanitarian crisis in India. And yet communities are coming together, raising their voices and offering support to one another, within and across borders.

In early June, UBC will be hosting a two-day virtual event on anti-Asian racism in Canada. Speakers from across Canada representing a variety of perspectives will engage in frank conversations about this critical issue, leading to concrete recommendations for action.


Featured UBC Events

May 6, 2021 | 2:00 p.m.

Asian Heritage Month at UBCO: Opening Event

Join us for the UBC Okangan Asian Heritage Month Opening Event, with special guests Elder Larry Grant; former Parliamentary Poet Laureate Fred Wah; and a presentation on the stories of Filipino care workers & the impact of the pandemic on them. President Santa Ono will also share about a virtual event on anti-Asian racism in Canada that UBC will host in June.

May 6, 2021 | 5:00 p.m.

Exploring Asian Heritage in Vancouver

This virtual event will feature a moderator and four panelists who will explore the significance of Asian Heritage Month to Asian-Canadians living in Vancouver today.

May 6, 2021 | 5:00 p.m.

Book Launch: “The Chinese Communist Party: A Century in Ten Lives”

Join the virtual book launch of “The Chinese Communist Party: A Century in Ten Lives,” edited by Timothy Cheek, Klaus Mühlhahn, and Hans van de Ven. Co-hosted by UBC’s Centre for Chinese Research, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and UBC History Department.

May 10 – June 21, 2021

Course: Surfing Hokusai’s Great Wave – The Culture, History and Sports of Japan

This summer, the eyes of the world will be on Japan when Tokyo hosts a re-imagined 2020 Summer Olympics. In this course, trace how Japan has changed since hosting the 1964 Summer Olympics, by understanding the roles that traditional culture, customs and history play in Japanese modern society. 

May 11, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month featuring President Santa Ono

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is hosting a special webinar in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month featuring five Asian Pacific American leaders in public higher education.

May 11 – June 15, 2021

Course: An Eclectic History of Vancouver’s Chinatown

In this six-part lecture series, explore the origins of Chinatown, its distinctive hybrid architecture, and some of the myths that surround this historic district.

May 12, 2021 | 6:00 p.m.

Chinese Voices of the Okanagan: A Showcase

This event aims to enhance understanding of the complexity of heritage languages and identities in the Chinese-Canadian diaspora, and to foster connections between UBC Okanagan students and community members.

May 13, 2021 | 6:00 p.m.

The Story of Bhangra

Gurdeep Pandher will share the story of Bhangra and its connections to the land and people of Punjab, India, followed by a Q&A session.

May 15, 2021 | 4:00 p.m.

Iranian Women as Theatre-Makers: Witnesses and Whispers

In this presentation, Marjan Moosavi shares what she learned from examining female theatre-makers’ use of witnesses and whispers of/about women in their private and public encounters.

May 18, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.

Celebrate Student Research: Games in Asia

The Asian Library is pleased to present emerging new researchers from UBC’s Asian Studies, History, Journalism, and Art History, Visual Art & Theory departments. This year’s theme is games, and the presenters will be discussing a wide range of topics from traditional games to the sociocultural impact of digital gaming. This workshop will be moderated by Dr. Christina Laffin of the Asian Studies Department.

May 20, 2021 | 7:00 p.m.

Rediscovering Chinatown

Rediscover the history of Kelowna’s Chinatown and the cultural forces that drove its creation on a virtual tour of the Okanagan Heritage Museum.

May 26, 2021 | 12:00 p.m.

UBC Okanagan Artist Showcase

A showcase of the work of UBC Okanagan faculty and students in performance, creative writing, and media and visual arts, who negotiate the complexities of Asian experience, identity and heritage.

June 10–11, 2021

The National Forum on Anti-Asian Racism

UBC is convening a two-day virtual event to address the ongoing crisis of escalating anti-Asian racism in Canada.



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