Asian Heritage Month

"Asian Heritage Month 2022" is written on a pink, blue, red and white banner with geometric shapes.

Royal Roads University honours the contributions of people of Asian descent in our university and beyond.

People of Asian descent were integral in the development of the grounds where our university now resides. Much of Hatley Park, which is now the Royal Roads campus, exists because of the labour, hard work and vision of Asian immigrants and visitors. This month we’ll be talking more about that, and how we are honouring that history.

During Asian heritage month and throughout the year at Royal Roads, we celebrate the Asian heritage that has made our university and society immeasurable richer. We join together to fight pervasive and enduring anti-Asian racism. And we remember and acknowledge our shared history.

Thank you to everyone, in particular the Royal Roads members of Asian ancestry, who contributed their time and perspectives to this page.

Asian Heritage Month Events

May 6: Asian Heritage Month - The Impact of Community Storytelling | Langara College 

An engaging dialogue between Cold Tea Collective and It's Harpo.

May 6: Anti-Racism Event Series | Government of Canada & Network of Asian Federal Employees

This commemorative event showcases the innovation and perseverance of public servants of Asian descent and their impact across the federal public service. Bilingual, with interpretation in both official languages. Registration required.

May 10: Keeping the conversation going: Anti-Asian racism in Canada | Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

This webinar hosted by Anne-Marie Pham includes panel members Bhavna DuggalElizabeth LimAndi Shi: asian leaders gather to share insights on the progress of Canada's readiness to denounce and address anti-Asian racism. Registration and cost required.

May 13-15: FascinAsian Film Festival | Asian Heritage Foundation

Showcasing the best films from Asian filmmakers locally and abroad while offering opportunities to learn and connect through film.

May 24: Speaker Dr. Henry Yu | Royal Roads University

Open to the public. UBC Assoc. Prof. Henry Yu on reimagining BC history through the concept of “Pacific Canada”: a perspective that focuses on how migrants from Asia, Europe and other parts of the Americas historically engaged with each other and with First Nations peoples.

May 28: Korean Cultural Heritage Festival | Asian Heritage Foundation

Movies, dance and martial arts.


Students, staff and faculty at Royal Roads talk about their heritage, this month and the celebrations that make both special.

Athena Madan: "My nationality and background is imbedded in my daily experiences."

Former School of Humanitarian Studies assistant professor and current associate faculty member Athena Madan, speaks to how her Indian and Filipino heritage influence her everyday life.

Will Nguyễn: What does Asian Heritage Month mean to you?

Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication student Will Nguyễn speaks about what Asian Heritage Month means to him as a student studying outside his home of Vietnam.

Wendy Wang: The importance of Asian Heritage Month

Global Language and Learning Centre coordinator and RRU alum Wendy Wang speaks about Asian Heritage Month as the opportunity to celebrate and honour Asian contributions and achievements.

Amar Singh: "I celebrate my culture"

Amar Singh, a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management student, speaks about the importance of recognizing the resilience of diverse Asian communities in Canada and beyond.

President Steenkamp: Royal Roads Celebrates Asian Heritage Month

President Steenkamp speaks with Nelson Chan, RRU chancellor and chair of the Board of Governors, about what the month means to him personally, and as a parent and university leader.

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