May is Asian Heritage Month

The month of May is a time for Canadians across the country to acknowledge and discover more about the enormous achievements and contributions Canadians of Asian descent have made to the country’s growth and prosperity. Diversity is one of our greatest strengths. As such, this is an opportunity to recognize Asian Canadians, who have made their mark by enriching Canada’s social, cultural, economic and political fabric.

This year’s Asian Heritage Month campaign, “Passing It Forward: Culture Through the Generations,” celebrates the strong, evolving cultural traditions of the diverse group of Asian Canadians, as they have shaped our country across generations. It also highlights the indelible role played over the course of our country’s history by Canadian women of Asian descent.

Asian Heritage Month events will take place throughout the month of May in communities across Canada. Canadians of all origins are encouraged to take part in these activities to learn more about the accomplishments of Asian Canadians, past and present.

Asian Heritage Month activities started May 5 at Angus Glen with a variety of performances followed by a photo exhibition. A highlight of the afternoon was Markham’s first-ever outstanding citizens’ awards. The recipients were Dr. Jason Kwok ( a well-known physician and community leader), Peter Tuason ( musician and tireless volunteer), Mandy Lau (exceptional youth) and Ada Yung. Yung (best-known as Yung Tai) is an ubiquitous figure in the Chinese world of fine cuisine.  She has appeared regularly on television and radio shows.  She writes a weekly column in newspapers and magazines about healthy lifestyle through nutritious food intake.

Attendees were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items. It is an Asian virtue to share with the less fortunate.

For more information, visit www.asianheritagegta.com.

Photo: Mayor Scarpitti partakes in the Asian Heritage Month celebration at Angus Glen.

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