May is Asian Heritage Month

May is the Month of Asian heritage

Montreal's Chinatown.

May has been recognized as Asian Heritage Month in Canada since 2001 and is celebrated across the country. For the occasion, Ensemble Montréal and the Mayor of Montréal, Valérie Plante, highlighted the event on social media, recalling the importance of Asian heritage and the still active contribution of Asian communities to social, cultural and economic development. of Montreal.

In 2021, Montrealers of Asian origin represented more than 36% of visible minorities in the metropolis.

Two years ago, in 2021, several organizations asked the City of Montreal to commit to celebrating Asian Heritage Month annually, in the wake of anti-Asian incidents.

The year 2023 also marks the sad 100th anniversary of the passing of the Chinese Immigration Act, which banned virtually all forms of Chinese immigration to Canada for several years. An exhibit tracing the history of the Chinese community in Montreal is currently on display at the McCord Stewart Museum.

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