Asian Heritage Month

Honouring Asian Heritage Month

Each May, Asian Heritage Month highlights and celebrates the contributions, achievements, and lived experiences of Asian Canadians. Officially recognized following the efforts of Senator Vivienne Poy, the month serves as a time to collectively recognize the resilience and resolve of all those Canadians who can trace their roots back to East Asia, Southern Asia, Western, Central and Southeast Asia. It’s a time to listen, engage, and learn.

See the president's message honouring Asian Heritage Month 2021 »

What I Want You To Know…

Creative and innovative Asian Canadian scholars, students, professionals, and alumni have called the U of A home for much of our history. They’ve dared to discover and continue to lead us on a path to do the public good. As you take the time to listen, engage, and learn, here’s what a few of our community members would like you to know.

See what they have to say

Jia Wang
— What Jia Wang, interim director of the China Institute, wants you to know this Asian Heritage Month.


Asian Heritage at U of A's Botanical Garden

Visit the U of A’s Botanical Garden and you will see a beautiful manifestation and celebration of those ties in the Aga Khan Garden’s traditional Islamic Garden design, as well as the Kurimoto Japanese Garden, named after Dr. Yuichi Kurimoto, who in 1930 became the U of A’s first graduate of Japanese descent.

Featured Event

A Celebration of Asian Heritage at the University of Alberta

Wednesday, May 19
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. MST

The Association of Chinese Canadian Professors (ACCP) & Engage India: Association of Professors (EIAP) in collaboration with University of Alberta International, will jointly host an event to celebrate the many achievements of our campus community members of Asian heritage and to promote Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity by expressing solidarity against anti-Asian racism. This event is open to interested students, faculty, staff, and the public.


Featured Stories


What Does Heritage Mean to You?


Asian Heritage Month | Appreciating Masala Chai


Asian Heritage Month | Starting Points for Exploring Various National Cinemas


Asian Heritage Month | How Dim Sum Truly Dots my Heart


U of A Students Celebrate Asian Heritage Month


We Are Not A Virus: On COVID-19, Anti-Asian Racism, and Mental Health

Dragons on the Tibetan Plateau

Discover rare selected Tibetan textiles from the U of A Museums Mactaggart Art Collection.

View online collection

Recognition, Resilience, and Resolve

You can also learn more about Asian-Canadian experiences by visiting the Government of Canada’s website. Their site includes timelines, histories, and resources to help combat anti-Asian hate.

Government of Canada Website