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Asian Heritage Month Events at Library and Archives Canada

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OTTAWA, April 30, 2009 - Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in collaboration with the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society, will hold a month-long series of events to celebrate Asian Heritage Month. The first event is a lecture by Professor Bernie Frolic on May 7, 2009, at 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario.

Originally conceived in 2001 by Senator Vivienne Poy, Asian Heritage Month has grown in scope from its humble beginnings and now shares Asian and Asian-Canadian heritage in a non-partisan, non-religious, non-political manner with people across Canada.

"Our involvement with the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society is of great significance," said Doug Rimmer, Assistant Deputy Minister at LAC. "This festival brings together Canadians claiming Asian heritage, with Canadians from all origins, and gives them the opportunity to explore and understand their shared cultures."

LAC is proud of its long-standing involvement with the Asian Heritage Month activities. It played a leading role in the 2006 Asian Heritage Month launch on Parliament Hill. In 2007, LAC sponsored the Masala Journey gala at the ImaginASIAN festival in Calgary, and presented in Ottawa Many Lives, Many Stories: A Tribute to Asian-Canadian Women, an exhibition of photographs drawn from its collection. In 2008, LAC partnered with the Vancouver Public Library to develop an innovative Chinese-Canadian genealogy website enabled with Wiki capabilities. This year, Library and Archives Canada launched a new virtual exhibition entitled ARCHIVED - The Early Chinese Canadians 1858-1947.

"Since the first Asian Heritage Month event held at Library and Archives Canada in May 2002, this institution has been an important part of this monthly celebration in the National Capital Region" said Robert Yip, Chair of the Ottawa Asian Heritage Month Society organizing committee. "We are honoured to have LAC as a valued AHM partner as it is the custodian of Canada's history and our evolving heritage."

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