Richmond encourages learning and discovery for Asian Heritage Month, May 1 to 31
11 May 2020
During this year’s Asian Heritage Month, the City of Richmond and the Richmond School District are working collaboratively to encourage Richmond residents and students to learn more about the many achievements and contributions of Asian Canadians online and in classrooms. This is all the more important as during this COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians should be united and stay true to the shared values of respect, inclusion and diversity.
Learning about Asian heritage can take place at home at any time with online resources that include:
- The Canadian Heritage website (www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/asian-heritage-month)
- a short video about the Japanese Canadian experience through the memories of the Murakami family at Britannia Shipyards (www.richmond.ca/culture/sites/britannia/about)
- a curated list of books about Asian communities around the world (https://explorasian.org/)
- a list of films by talented Asians on multiple streaming devices (http://vaff.org/vaffs-response-to-covid-19/)
Richmond schools are also doing their part to engage students in online activities and discussions at different grade levels. Some elementary teachers may provide lessons on how people of Asian descent have made valuable contributions to our communities and secondary teachers may engage students in discussions about racism.
The City of Richmond and the Richmond School District have a strong history of working collaboratively on multiple initiatives that foster inclusion in the community. Some of the actions include facilitating intercultural exchange and understanding between Richmond’s diverse cultural communities and working with community partners to foster a culturally harmonious community that values and respects the unique characteristics, backgrounds and traditions of various segments of our population.