Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

April 29, 2010 18:15 ET

Minister Kenney Launches Asian Heritage Month

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 29, 2010) - All Canadians are invited and encouraged to join in the celebration of Asian Heritage Month, said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today during an official launch ceremony on Parliament Hill. The theme of Asian Heritage Month 2010, organized in partnership with the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society, is Asian Canadians: A Proud History, A Promising Future. 

"This month helps all Canadians appreciate the important role that Canadians of Asian ancestry have played and continue to play," said Mr. Kenney. "It is appropriate that we acknowledge the contributions of Asian Canadians in this year, the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, where so many Asian Canadians fought against communism."

"It is with a great sense of personal pride that Canadians of Asian descent can reflect on our rich history and contributions toward Canada, our country," said Commodore H.W. Jung, Canadian Forces Surgeon General, Commander of Canadian Forces Health Services Group, one of the highest ranking Asian Canadians in the Canadian Armed Forces. A number of Asian-Canadian veterans of the Korean War attended the ceremony.

"Asian Heritage Month highlights the significance of this history and provides an occasion for all Canadians to celebrate the advances and successes of the Asian community in Canada."

Asian Heritage Month was first celebrated in May 2002. In December 2001, the Senate of Canada adopted a motion to designate May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada, a time to celebrate the contributions by Asian Canadians to our society.

For more information on Asian Heritage Month, please visit the CIC website at www.cic.gc.ca/asianheritagemonth.

Contact Information

  • Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Minister's Office
    Alykhan Velshi
    or
    Citizenship and Immigration Canada
    Communications Branch
    Media Relations
    613-952-1650
    CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca