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Celebrate Asian Heritage Month

by Lucas Rigamont Braganca on 2023-04-28T12:00:00-07:00 | 0 Comments

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month: Discovering Asian Stories Through Literature

During the month of May, people all over the world celebrate the history, heritage, and achievements of Asians. The month-long celebration highlights the contributions of Asian Canadians while also calling attention to the struggles and biases that Asians have endured throughout history. Literature is a powerful tool for learning about and appreciating Asian culture because it provides insight into Asian peoples' experiences, histories, and worldviews. In this post, we'll discuss the meaning of Asian Heritage Month and recommend some excellent books.

The United States is the birthplace of Asian Heritage Month, which was first recognized in 1977 to honour the first Japanese immigrants arriving on May 7, 1843. Since then, it has been adopted by many nations and recognized officially in Canada since 2002. The month is a time to honour the many Asian communities across the globe, including those of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, India, Pakistan, and many more.

Literature is one of the most powerful means of establishing a personal connection to one's Asian roots. Books provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to gain insight into the lives of others, develop compassion, and broaden one's worldview. Books written by Asian authors are a great way to learn more about the complex history, culture, and current events that make up Asia. As a bonus, they can aid in dispelling myths and misunderstandings about Asian cultures and promote a deeper appreciation for the wide variety within Asian communities.

To mark Asian Heritage Month, consider adding these works by Asian authors and relating to the history of Asians in Canada to your reading list:

Cover ArtNothing Ever Dies by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Call Number: DS559.8.S6 N48 2016
ISBN: 0674979842
Publication Date: 2017-11-20
Cover ArtThe Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Call Number: PS3570.A48 J6 1989
ISBN: 0143038095
Publication Date: 2006-09-21
Cover ArtKorean Immigrants in Canada by Samuel Noh; Ann Kim; Marianne Noh
Call Number: FC106.K6 K67 2012
ISBN: 9781442642188
Publication Date: 2012-09-18
Cover Art
Families Apart by Geraldine Pratt
Call Number: HD6305.F55 P73 2012
ISBN: 9780816669981
Publication Date: 2012-01-24
Cover ArtThe silent debate : Asian immigration and racism in Canada by Eleanor Laquian, Aprodicio Laquian, Terry McGee.
Call Number: JV7285.A8 S58 1998
ISBN: 0888651678
Cover ArtReel Asian by Elaine Chang (Editor)
Call Number: PN1993.5.C3 R44 2007
ISBN: 9781552451922
Publication Date: 2004-10-14
Cover ArtDisplacements and Diasporas by Wanni W. Anderson (Editor); Robert G. Lee (Editor)
Call Number: E29.A75 D57 2005
ISBN: 0813536111
Publication Date: 2005-05-18
Cover ArtThe Politics of the Visible in Asian North American Narratives by Eleanor Ty
ISBN: 9780802088314
Publication Date: 2004-05-17
Cover ArtStrangers at the Gate by Morton Beiser
ISBN: 0802081177
Publication Date: 1999-08-14

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