Join Us On Our 10th. Year Anniversary
2012: Celebrating 10 Years of Asian Heritage Month
In 2001, the Honourable Senator Vivienne Poy introduced a motion to the Senate of Canada to declare May as Asian Heritage Month (AHM) in recognition of the many social, cultural, economic and political contributions of Asian Canadians. The motion passed, and the following year the Asian Heritage Month Committee (AHMC) was formed in Fredericton to promote this important initiative in New Brunswick’s capital city. The Committee began on a modest scale, but its membership and activities quickly grew, and in 2007 it was officially incorporated and renamed the Asian Heritage Society of New Brunswick (AHSNB).
Since our humble beginnings in 2002, we have witnessed a tremendous growth of public interest in Asian Heritage Month, and the AHSNB now has three chapters across the province, each in Fredericton, Saint John and Moncton. We have also partnered with the Miramichi Regional Multicultural Association and the Multicultural Association Chaleur Region to bring Asian heritage activities to these communities. Since we began our activities 10 years ago, AHM in the province has been celebrated and supported by more than 10 different ethnocultural groups and thousands of people. We hope you join us for our 2012 festivities as we celebrate 10 years of Asian Heritage Month in Canada and New Brunswick.
Opening Ceremony and Explor/Asians Launch
On May 1, Asian Heritage Month will officially launch with an Opening Ceremony at the Fredericton Centennial Building. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and reception, which will feature welcoming addresses, cultural performances and refreshments. The ceremony also launches the opening of the Explor/Asians Exhibition, featuring educational displays on Asian Canadian history, culture and traditions. This year, we will be featuring the Iranian community and their culture and history in Canada. In honour of our 10th Anniversary, we will also be displaying a timeline poster series on Asian immigration to New Brunswick and the history of Asian Heritage Month in Canada.
Asian Heritage Cultural Gala
The 10th Anniversary Asian Heritage Cultural Gala will take place on May 13 at the Fredericton Playhouse, and will showcase talent from members of diverse Asian Canadian groups in New Brunswick.
This year, we will be featuring Iranian and Middle Eastern dance, in addition to cultural presentations and dance and musical performances by local Asian Canadian artists from a variety of cultural groups.
Breakfast Workshop with Senator Vivienne Poy
The Honourable Senator Vivienne Poy is the first person of Asian origin to be appointed to the Senate of Canada. She also introduced the federal motion to declare May as Asian Heritage Month, and this will be her last year in the Senate before retiring. On May 28, she will lead a Breakfast Workshop for Grade 10 students at Fredericton and Leo Hayes High School. Students will participate in panel sessions on issues relating to multiculturalism, integration, discrimination, leadership and empowerment.
Book Launch in Honour of our 10th Anniversary
Our book project on pioneer Asian immigrants in New Brunswick has been a long time in the making. The book will be distributed as a resource and reference material for public schools, libraries, multicultural organizations, and universities across New Brunswick. The book is expected to launch in the fall of 2012. Releasing this important project during our 10th Anniversary year will be especially timely and a great way to reflect on the contributions that Asian Canadians have made to the growth and development of New Brunswick.
Last Updated (Thursday, 02 February 2012 18:35)