May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, a time to reflect on the history, culture and contributions that Canadians of Asian origin bring to Canada and to our community of Caledon.
Canadian Asians come from many countries and are known as:
- East Asia - including Chinese, Korean, Japanese Canadians
- South Asia – including Bangladeshi, Indian, Nepali, Pakistani, Sri Lankan Canadians
- Southeast Asia - including Laotian, Cambodian, Filipinos, Vietnamese Canadians
- West Asia - including Iranian, Iraqi, Israeli, Lebanese, Turkish Canadians
- Central Asia - including Afghan, Uzbek, Kazakh Canadians
At St. James for the month of May we are going to focus on South Asian Canadians, but we will also cover some of the history of other Asian Canadians. Watch for stories on our website, in our weekly eblasts and our newsletter. We will tell you about their history in Canada, and how South Asian Canadians are coping with their cultural changes here in Caledon.
Our Sundays during May will feature some of our South Asian Canadian friends to hear their personal histories, successes and challenges, and also give you an opportunity to listen and ask questions. It is truly in seeing the people of these cultures, through their stories and lived experiences, that we are able to expand our understanding of each other and our world views.
"Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.”