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


  1. To provide opportunities for Asian Canadians to share their heritage and to promote a better understanding of Asian heritage by focusing annually on the month of May, designated as Asian Heritage Month.
  2. To enrich Canadian culture by building on the achievement of Asian Canadians
  3. To achieve full participation by Asian Canadians in the cultural life of Canada
  4. To build cultural bridges between Asian countries and regions.
  5. To encourage education of Asian heritage and culture within the broader public
  6. To establish a relationship and to co-operate with other persons, parties or Corporations with similar or parallel purposes.

In showcasing Asian Canadian heritage, VMACCH enables Asian Canadians to share their heritage among themselves and with the rest of Canada. It exhibits the achievements and contributions of Asian Canadians to Canada. Featuring works by Asian Canadian artists, it encourages participation in the cultural life of Canada. The website is meant to connect Asian culture to other cultures, and show that it is part of the overarching Canadian culture. It is also a valuable teaching resource on Asian heritage and culture to schools, and the preparation of the website involves collaborations with various parties including other voluntary organizations like Social Service Network, and the Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto, and mainstream museums such as the Gardiner Museum and the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.

See Achieving A Dream by Zulfikarali R. Kassamali.

The project was made possible with the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy.

Board of Advisors

Honourary Chair

Mr. Justin Poy
Patron, Asian Heritage Month – Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.

Founding Honourary Chair

The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy
Founding Patron, Asian Heritage Month – Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc.

(in alphabetical order by surname)

Dr. Lien Chao
Julia Shin Doi
Martha Durdin
Professor Eric Fong
Professor B. Michael Frolic
Professor Jay Goulding
Gauri Guha
Zoheir Hasanbhai
Professor Susan Henders
Naushad Hirji
Zul Kassamali
Dr. Jack Leong
Dr. Emmanule Lepri
Dr. Kay Li (Project Director)
Kirk Mark
Alexandra Montgomery
Professor Peter Vandergeest
Professor Wendy Wong

Partners & Supporters


Canadian Heritage Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage 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 & Professional Studies, York University
Japan Foundation
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
Justin Poy Agency
Moon Pointer Production Inc.
OISE, University of Toronto
Reel Asian Film Festival
ReelWorld 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