Establishment of Asian Heritage Month
Asian Heritage Month was first officially recognized in December 2001 when the Canadian Senate adopted the month of May as Asian Heritage Month. This is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the long and diverse history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to Canada, as well as the many struggles they face.
History of racial discrimination
Since the arrival of the first immigrant of Asian descent in the 1800’s, they faced racism and racial discrimination in forms of immigration laws, the denial of the right to vote, segregation and other basic human rights abuses.
Some of these overt racist laws, policies and practices were eliminated gradually when human rights legislation was enacted. However, subtle forms of racism and racial discrimination against people of Asian descent continues to persist.