Alberta

Asian History Month celebrates rich history of Asian Albertans

News Release
Asian Heritage Month: Joint statement

Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Seniors and Housing Josephine Pon, and Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Jason Luan issued the following statements on Asian History Month:

“This month, we celebrate Asian History Month to recognize the legacy of Asian culture and the contributions of Albertans of Asian heritage in this province.

“Alberta has been home to people from across Asia for more than 200 years. Immigrants from Asia have made immeasurable contributions to our economy, our culture and our communities. We continue to welcome newcomers from the many countries in Asia who enrich our cultural diversity and help our province flourish.

“Our diversity is our strength. As we navigate this pandemic and move toward recovery, now more than ever, we must be united. I would like to thank Asian Albertans who are doing so much to support their communities and fellow Albertans through volunteerism.”

Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

“Asian History Month acknowledges and celebrates the rich history of Asian Albertans and their contributions to our province. For two centuries, Alberta has welcomed many immigrants from Asia, including my family and me. Alberta is my home. I am proud that our province has given me many opportunities to thrive and to be able to give back to Albertans. Let’s celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Albertans of Asian origin who, throughout history, have done so much to make Alberta the culturally diverse and prosperous province it is today.”

Josephine Pon, Minister of Seniors and Housing

“As we celebrate this Asian Heritage Month, let’s commit to celebrating the many contributions that Asian Albertans make to our families, communities and province. And let’s also make time to learn the stories of those from the Asian communities who have made Alberta their home. Cultural differences are a strength that can be leveraged to build a more inclusive and vital culture for all of us.”

Jason Luan, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions

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