Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism, have issued the following statement in honour of Asian Heritage Month in British Columbia:
“This month, we take time to celebrate the important contributions of people of Asian descent all across the country. We are fortunate to live in the most ethnically diverse province in Canada. More than one million British Columbians identify their ethnic origin as Asian, representing a wide range of languages, ethnicities and religious traditions. B.C.’s cultural diversity enriches every aspect of our society, and our communities are made stronger by the participation of all people living in this province.
“Honouring Asian Heritage Month promotes understanding and appreciation for Asian cultures and history. There was a time when prejudicial laws prevented Asian immigrants from coming to B.C. to build better lives for themselves and their families. Asian immigrants who settled here faced racism and discrimination that led to many injustices.
“We resolve to never forget this shameful past, and we are working hard to continue to make our province evermore open and inclusive. Learning from the lessons of the past gives us the chance to embrace opportunities, create new relationships and build bridges among our diverse multicultural communities.
“During the month of May, we encourage everyone to look into activities and events happening in your community.
“By joining us in honouring Asian Heritage Month, you are helping us move toward a better B.C. free of discrimination, prejudice and hate, and where everyone is given an equal opportunity to live a happy, fulfilling life.”
For a traditional Chinese translation, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2019_Statement_Asian_Heritage_Month-TCH.pdf
For a simplified Chinese translation, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/2019_Statement_Asian_Heritage_Month-SCH.pdf