May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada — a time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions that Canadians of Asian descent have made and continue to make to this country.
In December 2001, the Senate of Canada adopted a motion proposed by Senator Vivienne Poy to officially designate May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada. In May 2002, the Government of Canada signed an official declaration recognizing May as Asian Heritage Month.
This year, senators are sharing stories about Canadians of Asian heritage who have inspired them in their work.
Senator Victor Oh recounts the life of Douglas Jung
Senator Victor Oh recounts the life of Douglas Jung, a Chinese Canadian veteran of the Second World War who went on to become Canada’s first parliamentarian of Asian descent.
Senator Sabi Marwah honours the Shore Committee
Senator Sabi Marwah honours the Shore Committee, a group formed by the Sikh community of Vancouver to advocate for the rights of refugees aboard the Komagata Maru.
Senator Lillian Eva Dyck remembers Chow Quen Lee
Senator Lillian Eva Dyck reflects on the life of Chow Quen Lee, a political activist who helped bring a close to a dark chapter in Canadian history — the collection of the Chinese head tax.
Senator Yonah Martin celebrates Sang Chul Lee
Senator Yonah Martin celebrates the legacy of Sang Chul Lee, the 32nd Moderator of the United Church of Canada and the first person of Asian descent to hold the position.
Senator Yuen Pau Woo remembers Frederick Lee
Senator Yuen Pau Woo remembers Frederick Lee, a Chinese-Canadian soldier who fought and died in the First World War.
Senator Thanh Hai Ngo pays tribute to Dao Ba Ngoc
Senator Thanh Hai Ngo pays tribute to Dao Ba Ngoc, a Vietnamese doctor and community leader in the Montreal area.