Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada

April 30, 2009 06:00 ET

Asian Heritage Month Events at Library and Archives Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 30, 2009) - Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in collaboration with the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society, will hold a month-long series of events to celebrate Asian Heritage Month. The first event is a lecture by Professor Bernie Frolic on May 7, 2009, at 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario.

Originally conceived in 2001 by Senator Vivienne Poy, Asian Heritage Month has grown in scope from its humble beginnings and now shares Asian and Asian-Canadian heritage in a non-partisan, non-religious, non-political manner with people across Canada.

"Our involvement with the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society is of great significance," said Doug Rimmer, Assistant Deputy Minister at LAC. "This festival brings together Canadians claiming Asian heritage, with Canadians from all origins, and gives them the opportunity to explore and understand their shared cultures."

LAC is proud of its long-standing involvement with the Asian Heritage Month activities. It played a leading role in the 2006 Asian Heritage Month launch on Parliament Hill. In 2007, LAC sponsored the Masala Journey gala at the ImaginASIAN festival in Calgary, and presented in Ottawa Many Lives, Many Stories: A Tribute to Asian-Canadian Women, an exhibition of photographs drawn from its collection. In 2008, LAC partnered with the Vancouver Public Library to develop an innovative Chinese-Canadian genealogy website enabled with Wiki capabilities. This year, Library and Archives Canada launched a new virtual exhibition entitled The Early Chinese Canadians 1858-1947.

"Since the first Asian Heritage Month event held at Library and Archives Canada in May 2002, this institution has been an important part of this monthly celebration in the National Capital Region" said Robert Yip, Chair of the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society organizing committee. "We are honoured to have LAC as a valued AHM partner as it is the custodian of Canada's history and our evolving heritage."

For more information on all Asian Heritage Month events at LAC, please visit:

About Library and Archives Canada

The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.


Asian Heritage Month Activities held at Library and Archives Canada

- May 7, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. : Prospects for Political Change in China

- May 12, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.: Photographic Expressions of Asia

- May 14, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.: Asian Scientists & CSI: Ottawa

- May 16, 2009 at 1:00 p.m.: Japanese Garden Design / Zen In Interior Design

- May 18, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.: Mushfiq Ensemble Concert

- May 20, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.: Asian Scientists: Healthy Living and Caring for Your Heart.

For more detailed information on these activities, please visit:

Online Resources related to Chinese immigration in Canada

Come and explore the social and political history of Canada's early Chinese communities. Library and Archives Canada has assembled many resources to offer an overview.

On Our Website

The Early Chinese Canadians 1858-1947

Immigrants from China

Canadian Genealogy Centre: Chinese immigration records

As well, Vancouver Public Library and Library and Archives Canada partnered in 2008 to provide the Chinese-Canadians: Profiles from a Community Wiki (, which reflects the long history of the Chinese community in Canada. The website features milestones in Chinese-Canadian history, links to stories of Chinese-Canadian pioneers, and touches on patterns of migration and settlement.

Contact Information

  • Library and Archives Canada
    Jean-Philippe Deneault
    Media Relations Officer