About Us

Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society


To build a community where Pan-Asian arts, cultures and contributions are an integral part of Canadian society.


  • Recognize the identity and dignity of all Canadians
  • Provide opportunities to integrate all cultures in Canada
  • Celebrate the hybridity of all arts and cultures


  • Invite the wider community to experience Asian-Canadian arts and culture through explorASIAN festivals
  • Encourage and create opportunities for the public to learn about Pan-Asian communities in Canada.
  • Facilitate collaboration across Pan-Asian communities and relate these communities to the broader Canadian society
  • Link Pan-Asian arts and culture to mainstream arts and cultural institutions


Since 1996 Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society has endeavoured to explore the diversity of Asian-Canadian life and culture and promote the discussion of relevant issues and concerns within and beyond the Asian-Canadian community.

Asian Heritage Month

In Canada the month of May is officially recognized as Asian Heritage Month to acknowledge the long and rich history of Asian-Canadians and their contributions to Canada.

Introduction to Canada

May 29, 2001: Senator Vivienne Poy introduced Asian Heritage Month in the Senate. This was seconded by Senator Pat Carney. Senators Sheila Finestone, Noel A. Kinsella, Nicholas W. Taylor and Laurier LaPierre spoke in favour.

December 2001: The Senate passed a motion officially designating May as Asian Heritage Month.

Examples of Pan-Asian Cultures

East Asia: China, Japan, Mongolia, Korea, Taiwan

South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Central Asia: Iran, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Iraq

Southeast Asia: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam

Founders of Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society

Mishtu Banerjee, Mo-Ling Chui, Grace Eiko Thomson, Jim Wong-Chu, Winston Xin