Richmond celebrates Asian Heritage Month
12 May 2022
May is Asian Heritage Month, an annual celebration of our community's Asian heritage and an opportunity to learn more about the many achievements and contributions of Asian Canadians to Richmond.
The theme for Asian Heritage Month 2022 is, “Continuing a legacy of greatness.” This month is a reminder for all Canadians to come together to combat anti-Asian racism and discrimination in all its forms.
Mayor Malcolm Brodie proclaimed May 10, 2022 as "Day of Action Against Anti-Asian Racism.” The proclamation is an affirmation that racism and acts of hate have no place in Richmond and that our values as inclusive and racially diverse Canadians support a strong society where everyone can feel safe, happy and healthy.
Celebrate Richmond's Asian heritage and the rich diversity of our residents with the following activities:
- Join the Richmond Public Library for a variety of registered activities including a musical performance, book club and film screenings.
- Take in a Canada Line Exhibition Walking Tour this Sat, May 14. Artists Kyla Bourgh and Chad Wong will discuss their works on display at Abderdeen and Lansdowne stations. Also presenting is artist No. 3 Road Art Column artist, Adriele Au. Register now with the Richmond Art Gallery.
- Explore the history of the Japanese Canadian community who lived and worked in the historic fishing village of Steveston. Visit the exhibits at the Japanese Fishermen’s Benevolent Society Building behind the Steveston Museum and Post Office.
- Watch the collection of short films about these Stevenston pioneers on Nikkei Stories.
- Stroll down the boardwalk to Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site and explore the Murakami House and Richmond Boat Builders to learn about the living and working conditions of the Japanese Canadian boatbuilding families.
- Get connected on social media: Follow the Richmond Museum to watch interviews with recent immigrants to learn about their experiences in Richmond. Videos were developed in partnership with the Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies of the University of British Columbia and will be posted throughout May.
- Follow the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site on social media for heritage highlights every Friday.
- Check out the explorASIAN festival and discover 60+ in-person and virtual Asian Heritage Month activities happening in the region.
For more information about Asian Heritage Month, visit Canadian Heritage.