Asian Heritage Month Events

National Day of Action Against Anti-Asian Discrimination

Stand With Asians Coalition (SWAC) is a community of people in Canada who are concerned about the surge of anti-Asian racism in our cities. Vancouver has seen a staggering increase of over 700%, Burnaby – 350% increase, and Ottawa – 600% increase in 2020. A recent federally-funded study reported 1150 cases of racist attacks in Canada last year. Forty percent were reported in Ontario and forty four percent were reported in B.C. Sixty percent of the cases were reported by women.

Stand With Asians Coalition brings allies together to raise awareness and to combat anti-Asian racism. We must condemn all forms of hate in public spaces as it creates unsafe conditions for members of the Asian, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, and Racialized Communities.

May 10, 2021 5-6 PM PST

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Vancouver Chinatown Walkabout

The Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC is pleased to host a virtual Chinatown Walkabout for the VAHMS Festival. This zoom will be led by John Atkin, Bob Sung and Hayne Wai. John is a civic historian and heritage consultant. Bob hosts cultural and culinary tours of Chinatown, and Hayne is a long time Chinatown researcher and advocate. They are all past presidents of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC and collectively have over one hundred years of Chinatown involvement. They have hosted live tours for Vancouver Asian Heritage Month but this is their first virtual for VAHMS. It will be framed on the Vancouver Heritage Foundation Chinatown Guide. Advance reading is recommended. Early registration is recommended, limit of 50 participants.

May 16, 2021 10:00 AM

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Asian Canadian Artists Against Racism: an Evening for Resistance

In light of increased violence against Asians in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, ACLA BC invites you to consider how art can be used to organize against racism and imagine ideas of solidarity and community care. The all-ages event will feature creative performances (e.g. spoken word, video, and more), community resource-sharing, an open mic, and resistance actions!

May 26, 2021 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT

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