In Ontario, the month of May is recognized as Asian and South Asian Heritage Month. This is an important opportunity for all of us to learn about the dynamic cultures and valuable contributions made by Asian and South Asian communities. 

For over 300 years, people of Asian descent have worked tirelessly to strengthen our country’s unique tapestry. Asian and South Asian Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the many accomplishments of Asian and South Asian people and stand against racism and discrimination. 

To help our campus community learn about Asian and South Asian contributions and perspectives, University of Guelph’s McLaughlin Library has an Asian Heritage Month display featuring highlights from archival and special collections and the Library’s circulating collections on the theme of Asian Heritage Month.  

And if you’d like to further your anti-oppression and anti-discrimination education, my office recently developed and launched a new online training module, Introduction to Human Rights. This module enables participants to understand the Ontario Human Rights Code, the University of Guelph’s Human Rights Policy and Procedures while highlighting our individual responsibilities when it comes to harassment, discrimination, and human rights on campus. 

So over the next 30 days, take the time to learn more about the Asian and South Asian experience here in Canada and how we can all work together in creating a U of G where everyone belongs.  

Happy Asian and South Asian Heritage Month! 

Asian and South Asian Heritage Month Events

  • Journey of the Filipino Kundiman

    Join the College of Arts for a concert of Philippine Art Songs popularly known as “Kundiman” performed by Filipina-Canadian Pianist and College of Arts Faculty Instructor Irene Gregorio, celebrated Filipino Tenor Sal Malaki (Los Angeles Opera and Los Angeles Master Chorale), and Violinist José Molina (Concertmaster of the Guelph Symphony Orchestra).

    • Saturday, May 25, 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. (Arts Research Centre, MacKinnon 113)