Asian Heritage Month-CFACI
Virtual Museum of Asian Canadian Cultural Heritage (VMACCH)

Presented by The Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.

2015 EVENTS

Poster for 2015 events (PDF).

China Homeland Festival at Toronto Public Library | 17 May to 14 June 2016

Asian Heritage Month Art and Photo Exhibitions at Metro Hall Rotunda | 17 to 22 May 2015

Asian Heritage Month Gala Performances of Asian Canadian Artists | 21 May 2015

Asian Heritage Month Lecture & Education Roundtable and Workshops | 22 May 2015

Asian Heritage Month Film Festival | 23 May 2015

Japanese Tea Ceremony and lecture on the Historical Context of Zen and the Tea Ceremony | 7 June 2015

Asian Heritage Month Art and Photo Exhibitions at City Hall Rotunda | 10 to 17 June 2023

Taoist Tai Chi and Sufi Dhikr | 12 June 2015

Hindu Yoga & the Path of Indian Classical Music and Interfaith Dialogue | 12 June 2015

Artists’ Workshop for the Toronto District School Board

Artists’ Workshop for the Toronto Catholic District School Board

A detailed list of 2015 Asian Heritage Month events is available at this link.

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2. Asian Heritage Month Festival 2015 Presented by Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.
China Homeland Festival at Toronto Public Library

FREE ADMISSION
Date: May 9, 2015 with art exhibitions from May 17 — June 14
Time: 1-2 pm: Taichi; 2:00-3:30 pm: Chinese brush painting workshop.
Venue: Riverdale Library, 370 Broadview Avenue, Toronto
Map: http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?R=LIB080
Event website:

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Mind and Body Harmony: Tai Chi
Did you know that Tai Chi is the most popular and rapidly spreading form of exercise in the world? It helps millions of people of all ages to live a healthier and more active life. Tai Chi accumulates energy and leaves you refreshed and relaxed. The slow speed of graceful body movements, with an emphasis on deep breathing and mental focus, relieves stress and creates balance, flexibility and mental calmness.
Join us this May in the green outdoor space of the Don Valley at Broadview to explore the ancient Chinese wisdom of Taoism and to practice Tai Chi Quan with a master.
Limit: 20

Join us this May in the green outdoor space of the Don Valley at Broadview to explore the ancient Chinese wisdom of Taoism and to practice Tai Chi Quan with a master.

Hands-on Chinese Calligraphy and Painting
Artists: Kam Ping Hui and Lien Chao
This special art workshop introduces traditional Chinese art mediums and calligraphy to library patrons with or without previous experience.
Participants will get their hands on: learning how to hold a Chinese brush properly, how to put down a dot, a straight line, a circle, or a figurative image on Xuan Paper (rice paper).
Kam is a professional artist; Lien is an art critic and writer; both have been teachers.
(limit 15)

Co-Organizers: Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.; Chinese Canadian Photography Society of Toronto; WE Artists’ Group; ORBIS; Social Services Network
Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Citizenahip and Immigration Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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3. Asian Heritage Month Gala Performance
of Asian Canadian Artists:

“SILK ROADS II – MONGOLIA: PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES, MUSIC AND DANCE FROM MONGOLIA ALONG THE SILK ROAD”

FREE ADMISSION

Please register by e-mail: asianheritagecanadian@yahoo.ca

Dr. Neville Poy and The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy on “PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES OF MAGNIFICENT MONGOLIA”

Keynote Address and Performance:
Professor Chan Ka Nin, composer of IRON ROAD, on “A Rare Instrument from China: KongHou 箜篌”
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Time: 7pm PLEASE BE SEATED BY 6:45 PM
Venue: Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto
Map at http://www.utoronto.ca/townhall/contact.html
RECEPTION FOLLOWS

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Description: Focusing on the theme “SILK ROADS II – MONGOLIA”, the evening will begin with the featured address “Photographic Images of Magnificent Mongolia” by Dr. Neville Poy and The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy. Then the performance section will commence with Professor Chan Ka Nin’s keynote talk and performance on “A Rare Instrument from China: KongHou 箜篌 .” This includes an introduction of this instrument and a performance by Liu Xuanyi. Yvonne Ng, Dora Award winning choreographer and dancer, and her tiger princess dance projects will present the contemporary dance “Magnetic Fields.” There will be presentations of exotic music along the Silk Road, such as that by award-winning flutist and composer Ron Korb (龍笛), Middle Eastern Music by Yiannis on three different Instruments: Bouzouki, Oud and Saz, and Mongolian Dances for the Grand Feast Event by Chi‐Ping Dance Group & dancers of Chinese Collective Arts Association.

Reception follows.

Programme

Opening Address: Mr. Justin Poy, Honorary Patron, Asian Heritage Month‐‐ CFACI

“PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES OF MAGNIFICENT MONGOLIA” by Dr. Neville Poy and The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy

Performances: An Exotic Journey Along The Silk Road
Keynote and Performance:
“A RARE INSTRUMENT FROM CHINA: KONGHOU 箜篌”
by Professor Chan Ka Nin
KONGHOU PERFORMANCE by Liu Xuanyi
Kimberly Chin, choreographer & dancer, Natasha Poon Woo; dancer
Zhu Jialiang, piano

MUSIC ON FLUTES
By Ron Korb (龍笛)
Zhu Jialiang, piano

“MAGNETIC FIELDS” (AN EXCERPT) – CONTEMPORARY DANCE
by Yvonne Ng and tiger princess dance projects

MIDDLE EASTERN MUSIC ON 3 DIFFERENT INSTRUMENTS: BOUZOUKI, OUD AND SAZ
by Yiannis Kapoulas
with keyboardist, percussionist and vocalist

TRADITIONAL DANCE: MONGOLIAN GRAND FEAST
by Chi‐Ping Dance Group & dancers of Chinese Collective Arts Association

LAUNCH | REVAMPED VIRTUAL MUSEUM OF ASIAN CANADIAN CULTURAL HERITAGE (VMACCH)

RECEPTION FOLLOWS

Co-organizers:
Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc., ORBIS, Bata Shoe Museum; Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University; Canadian Studies Program, University College, University of Toronto; Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Richard Charles Lee Canada Hong Kong Library, Social Services Network, Acqua Technologies Inc.
Asian Heritage Month Festival is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Citizenahip and Immigration Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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4. The Thirteenth Annual Asian Heritage Month Lecture and the Eleventh Annual Asian Heritage Month Education Roundtable

“THE HEART OF ASIA, RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW: A CELEBRATION OF ASIAN WISDOM TRADITIONS IN CANADA”

FREE ADMISSION

Please register by e-mail: asianheritagecanadian@yahoo.ca

Opening Event: Pathways to Wellbeing in Our Times: The Contributions of Asian Wisdom Traditions
Date: Friday, May 22, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with Reception
Venue: Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, York University, 4700 Keele Street
Map: Building 92 on the Map at http://maps.info.yorku.ca/files/2013/02/Colour-Map- pdf.pdf (Downsview Subway Station to the 196 Express: York University)

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Description:

Presentations
Moderator: Prof. Thabit Abdullah, Associate Dean, External Affairs, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
-Welcome by Dean Martin Singer, Founding Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
-Welcome by Justin Poy, Patron, Asian Heritage Month-Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture
-Asian Heritage Month Lecture by Ashley Poy on “Universal Spirituality: How do I Feel, in Heart, Body & Mind, Right Here, Right Now?” Abstract PDF
– Professor Renita Wong, Social Work, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
“The Interbeing of Wellness Among Students in Higher Education”

Introductory Talks
– Bhante Kovida (Buddhist monk from Theravada (Sri Lanka) tradition, Jamaican Canadian of Chinese descent) on “Buddhism and Mindfulness” Abstract PDFHandout PDF
– Melanie Viglas (University of Toronto and Sheridan College) on “Mindfulness in Education” Abstract PDFHandout PDF

Workshops
Workshops on sitting meditation and dynamic mindfulness (simultaneously) conducted by Melanie Viglas and Bhante Kovida.

Red Sofa Discussions
Moderator: Prof. Thabit Abdullah, Associate Dean, External Affairs, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
-Opening words by Professor Nelson Wiseman, Director, Canadian Studies Program, University of Toronto
-Opening words by TDSB & TCDSB representatives
Leila Girdhar‐Hill (System Superintendent, Toronto District School Board)
Craig Tsuji (Principal, Toronto District School Board)
Kirk Mark (Senior Coordinator of Community Relations, Toronto Catholic District School Board) Jody Huang (Community Relations Officer, Toronto Catholic District School Board)
Representatives from public school boards and private schools
With All Speakers also sitting on the panel

Q/A period with entire audience, followed by an open discussion guided by the following points:
– What Asian wisdom practices can teach us about managing stress and pressure in daily life.
– Insight into the potential negative impact posed by our high-tech age of instant gratification on our mental health and wellbeing.
– Transforming negative emotions that arise in our daily lives into opportunities towards greater understanding, wellness & meaning.

Reception follows

Supporters of Asian Heritage Month 2015

Canadian Heritage Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program
Citizenahip and Immigration Canada Inter-Action Program
Acqua Technologies Inc.
Aga Khan Museum
Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
Bata Shoe Museum
Buddhist Education Foundation for Canada
Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture
Canadian Studies Program, University College, University of Toronto
Chi Ping Dance Group
Chinese Canadian Photographic Association of Toronto
Chinese Collective Arts Association
City of Toronto
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University
Japan Foundation
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
Justin Poy Agency
Moon Pointer Production Inc.
OISE, University of Toronto
ORBIS
Reel Asian Film Festival
Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library
Social Services Network
tiger princess Productions
Toronto Catholic District School Board
Toronto District School Board
Toronto Public Library
WE Artists Association
York Centre for Asian Research, York University
York Centre for Education and Community, York University