Here at MVC we love learning about all sorts of things, including how people from all walks of life celebrate their culture. We also strongly believe in safety and equity for everyone. In honour of Asian Heritage Month this May, we would like to share two very important and informative resources from the Asian community.
Considering the difficult news cycle surrounding violence against people of Asian descent, we would like to direct your attention to the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice. The Council stands behind equity, fair treatment for all, and a world where no one should fear experiencing violence in everyday life. You can visit the Council’s website for some great resources to learn about how to advocate for equity and justice for everyone in Canada.
We would also like to share that the Virtual Asian Heritage Festival for 2021 is taking place all month long! This year is the 20th anniversary of the Declaration of May as Asian Heritage Month by the Senate of Canada. To celebrate, the Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc., has partnered with the Toronto Public Library to create a series of events that you can attend virtually on a variety of topics relevant to Asian culture.
For example, there is a very intriguing free event coming up on Sunday May 23rd, an Asian Heritage Virtual Revitalization Concert. This concert will feature a percussion presentation, The Toronto Chinese Orchestra, a presentation of Japanese Folk Songs, The Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra and so much more. There is also a very intriguing multimedia presentation scheduled for Sunday May 30th entitled The Energy of Stillness, which will be explored through paintings, poetry, and meditation. We are so excited to attend these events, and hope that you will too! Admission is free, so why not immerse yourself in new art and music experiences from the Asian perspective.
We hope that you will check out some of these amazing resources and events, we know we will be! We are all our best when we work to celebrate, honour, and elevate the brilliant diversity in our community.