This year marks the 20th anniversary of the official recognition of May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada! The month is an opportunity to celebrate the amazing contributions of Canadians of Asian descent, who have helped to make our country a vibrant place to live.
Immigrants to Canada from East Asia, Southern Asia, Western, Central and Southeast Asia have enriched our country with their rich cultural history, including diverse languages, art and traditions. It is also a month to remind us to appreciate the achievements of Asian-Canadians and to stand together against all forms of anti-Asian racism and discrimination.
We're celebrating Asian Heritage Month by highlighting a few of the diverse artworks in our collection by Albertans of Asian descent!
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About the Artist: Amy Loewan
Born in Hong Kong, Amy Loewan immigrated to Canada in 1978 and is based in Edmonton. Amy enjoys creating artwork that promote peace and understanding. "A Peace Project" has been designated as a Certified Cultural Property of Canada in 2010.
About the Artist: Marigold Santos
Born in Manila, Philippines and immigrating to Canada in the late 1980s, Filipinx-Canadian artist Marigold Santos is an interdisciplinary artist. Her practice ranges from drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and tattoo.
You can read more about Marigold Santos and her artistic practice here: AFA Alberta Artist Profile - Marigold Santos.
A Peace Project: six sheets of long hanging weaving strips of rice paper are hanging in a gallery. Each sheet has different abstract lines and dotted lines.
Flight: various colorful kites of black, orange, blue and rainbow colors are in the blue and cloudy sky. The kites are overlooking a green and grey land.