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TC2 The Thinking Teacher: Asian Heritage Month 2019

Apr 16, 2019 jjamison

May: A Time to Spark Discussion about Asian Heritage in Canada

Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.
-Chinese Proverb

Since the 1990s, Asian Heritage Month has been a time of celebration across Canada. In December of 2001, Senator Vivienne Poy proposed a motion that was adopted by the Senate of Canada. The Government of Canada made this motion official in 2002 by signing a declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month.

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, a time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions that Canadians of Asian heritage continue to make, to the growth and prosperity of Canada. Canadians are invited to take part in the events that honour the legacy of Canadians of Asian heritage who, throughout Canadian history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation we know today.
-Government of Canada1

The Government of Canada provides a list of organizations and educational resources categorized by province.

For this edition of The Thinking Teacher,
TC² is offering the following resources as a starting point for inquiry into the history of Canadians of Asian heritage.
Chinese Canadian History[Web]
Grade range: Middle | Senior

Explore the 11 sets of primary and secondary source documents on the topic of Chinese Canadian history in our History Docs collection.
One hundred years to rant and rave [PDF]
Grade range: Middle | Senior

Students develop a profile of the most important aspects of the experiences of an assigned group in Canada from 1700 to 1907. Based on this profile, students assess the extent to which members of the group had a sense of "Canadian-ness" as part of their identity. This lesson is an excerpt from our publication, Exploring Identity, Inclusion and Citizenship: The 1907 Vancouver Riots.

Immigrant Experiences [Web]
Grade range: Intermediate | Middle | Senior

Take a look through this collection of online resources to support elementary and secondary students in thinking historically and in undertaking historical inquiry projects about Chinese Canadians and South Asian Canadians.


Image of zen garden by NeuPaddy on Pixabay.
1 Government of Canada, “About Asian Heritage Month 2018,”, accessed April 3, 2019.
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