May: Asian Heritage Month

In May, we celebrate Asian Heritage Month. This year’s theme is Discover. Share. Celebrate.

Asia has great political, economic, social, ethnic, cultural and religious diversity; this diversity creates challenges when we attempt to define Asia in geographic and political terms. The inclusive and broad definition of Asian used by the TDSB Asian Heritage Month committee includes, but is not limited to all people whose ancestors came from the following:

✓•  East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan);

✓•  South Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan);

✓•  Southeast Asia (Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines);

✓•  Central Asia (Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan)

TDSB Resources

Asian Heritage Month Guide

Celebrating Asian Heritage Month Through the Arts

 Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba.  (2017). Asian Canadian History A Brief History of Asian Canadians.         

  • Concise historical timeline of Asian Canadians.

Virtual Museum of Asian Canadian Cultural Heritage




Flanagan, R. (2020, July 8). StatCan survey shows new evidence of increase in anti-Asian sentiment, attacks.


Gnanadass, E. G. (2014). Learning to teach about race. Adult Learning, 25(3), 96-102. 


Leung, Carrianne. 2020. Racism: The Other Pandemic. University College.


Saunders, Doug. June 15, 2018. For this generation of Filipino Canadians broken policies have left a scar. The Globe and Mail.


Liao, Carol. May 16, 2020. COVID-19 has put a harsh spotlight on the anti-Asian racism that has always existed in Canada. CBC News.




Ahmed, S. (2018). Love, hate & other filters. [Novel; Available at some TDSB school libraries]. New York: Soho Teen. [Indian, Muslim]  Also as eBook


Bui, T. (2017). The best we could do: An illustrated memoir. [Graphic novel; Available at some TDSB school libraries]. New York: Abrams ComicArts. [Vietnames]


Dere, W.G.W. (2019). Being Chinese in Canada: The struggle for identity, redress and belonging.  Madeira Park, BC: Douglas and McIntyre Ltd.


Park, L.S. (2001). A single shard. New York: Clarion Books. [Novel: Available at some TDSB school libraries]. [Korean]


Rice, P.C. (2019). South Asian American experiences in schools: Brown voices from the classroom. Lanham: Lexington Books. [South Asian]




CBC. Asian Canadian women take centre stage in Factory Theatre production, ‘Lady Sunrise.’ (2020) 6:03 min. Gr 9-12


Curio. Canada Reads 2018: Mark Sakamoto on Forgiveness. (2018). 4:27 min. Gr 7-12 [Japanese]


Curio. Canada Reads 2021: Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee. (2021). 14:00 min. Gr 9-12 [Taiwan]


TIFF Talks. Connecting Across Cultures: Celebrating Asian Canadian Storytellers (2019) Gr 9-12 [YouTube]

TVO. Being Brown Around the World. The Agenda (2016) 27 min. Gr 9-12