explorASIAN 2021: 25th Anniversary
explorASIAN 2021: 25th Anniversary Festival is a Metro-Vancouver festival showcasing pan-Asian Canadian arts and culture during Asian Heritage Month in May 2021. The festival is a time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions Canadians of Asian origin continue to make to the growth and prosperity of Canada.
This year is a momentous one since it is the celebration of explorASIAN’s 25th anniversary. To celebrate, the month-long virtual festival will consist of 30+ virtual events hosted by various pan-Asian communities and organizations in Metro-Vancouver.
explorASIAN was founded by and continues to be facilitated and promoted by the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS).
explorASIAN 2021 Festival Program Guide
Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society
The Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS) is the founder, facilitator, and promotor of explorASIAN. VAHMS is a registered secular non-profit organization with year-round programming in the arts and culture scene. VAHMS’ mission is to foster, promote, and celebrate the arts and cultural diversity that Asian-Canadian communities bring to Canadian society.
Since 1996, VAHMS has worked closely with local Asian-Canadian communities and organizations that support their vision of becoming the main hub for celebrating Asian-Canadian arts and culture in the Metro-Vancouver area. VAHMS not only faciliates its signature festival, explorASIAN, but also organizes and promotes programs and events throughout the year that:
- Educate the wider community about the importance of Asian-Canadian arts and culture in Canadian society
- Create opportunities for Asian-Canadians to network, collaborate and expand in public arts and cultural spaces
- Provide a safe platform to address critical issues facing Asian-Canadians and discuss solutions to foster inclusion and diversity in Canadian society
explorASIAN 2021 Press Release
Virtual Opening Ceremony Press Release
Recognition Awards Ceremony
Social Media Toolkit
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“explorASIAN is one of the most important festivals in Vancouver and British Columbia. For more than twenty years now, it has upheld the values of Canada’s diversity. In a time when racial antagonism is spreading throughout the world and in our community, the message and programming by explorASIAN is as relevant as ever, in understanding, educating, and bringing people together to share, celebrate, and enjoy each other’s cultures and beliefs.”
– Allan Cho, Executive Director, Asian Canadian Writers Workshop
“explorASIAN very quickly grew from a handful of Asian Canadian cultural events, scattered through the month of May, to become THE organizational medium for maximum exposure of cultural events planned to take place in and around the month of May by affiliated pan-Asian Canadian cultural organizations.”
– Jan Walls, PhD Professor Emeritus, Department of Humanities, Simon Fraser University
“Now more than ever in the midst of a pandemic and visible anti-racism sentiment we are fostering and strengthening a sense of belonging as well as retaining pride in our Asian roots. So looking forward to our 25th anniversary celebration.”
– Jeff Chan, VAHMS, Ambassador
“VAHMS’ community outreach is exceptional—their programs are inclusive, diverse, and always relevant. They’re a bedrock of the community.”
– Lou Corpuz-Bosshart, VAHMS volunteer (2019)
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