Asian Heritage celebrations continue to inspire Canadians

Asian Heritage celebrations continue to inspire Canadians


by Rod E. Cantiveros

The Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba’s 10th Anniversary celebration started with a bang during the successful grand opening ceremony held last May 5 at the Indo-Canadian Cultural Centre.

The guests and volunteers enjoyed the show and the food. Senator Vivienne Poy, the author of the Asian Heritage Month of May, was the guest speaker together with Christine Melnick, minister of immigration and multiculturalism. Before the opening, Asian story telling was held last May 4.. And on May 10, the Asian Heritage Symposium was held with Winnipeg high school students attended and listened to five young professionals who were members of the panels namely, Fortunato Co, Dr. Jodene Baccus, John Reyes, Ina Sidhu and Yenny Trinh. U of Winnipeg President, Llyod Axworthy, addressed the attendees; and Dr. Marilou McPherdran, principal of Global College presented a video to inspire the students to look forward to the opportunities offered at Global College.

Tree Planting Ceremony was held last Saturday, May 12 at Kildonan Park. As per record, this is only the tree planting ceremony held in Winnipeg as the whole country celebrates Asian Heritage Month of May. The donors of the tree include Muni Mysore and her family; Julie Javier and her family; Fortunato Lim and his family; and the Rosalinda Natividad Cantiveros Foundation.

Poetry reading and workshop was held last May15 where Winnipeg poet, Sally Ito, was the guest poet. The attendees were given a chance composed some poems and to be exposed to Haiku, a Japanese poetry form.

This coming Victoria Long weekend, May 20 to May 21, at the Forks, the Tai Chi/Chikung Workshop will be held at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. near the Canopy; and the Asian Festival at the Forks begin at 1 to 6 p.m. under the canopy where various Asian cultural groups will perform. Inside the Forks, some demonstration on embroidery, calligraphy and origami will be held. All the shows at the Forks will have a free admission. On May 23, Asian Canadian Writers Showcase at McNally Robinson, Grant Park where Rabindranath Maharaj will read the books.

Brandon City will host for the 1st time the Asian Heritage presentation which will be held on May 27 at the Brandon City Hall. Local Asian-Canadians performing groups will be presented together with some guest performers from Winnipeg.

And the closing ceremony will be held on June 9th, at the Shaw Arts Centre, Manitoba Theatre for the Young People , where the Drumming Festival will be held at 7 p.m. Asian-Canadian drummers, dancers and guest performers will be featured. Admission fee is only $10. For tickets, contact Muni Mysore, 895-7142; Rod E. Cantiveros – 489-8894 and Art Miki, 488-8059