Celebrating May and Asian Heritage Month in Whistler and Pemberton

So many immigrants from Asia have chosen to make Whistler and Pemberton their home – bringing our communities a rich cultural heritage representing many languages, ethnicities and religious traditions.

Asian Heritage Month has been celebrated across Canada since the 1990s and Whistler Multicultural Society is using this opportunity to showcase local people of Asian heritage, to share their stories and celebrate their place in our communities.

Who comes from Asia?

‘Asian’ describes people from a very large part of the world…. Did you know there are 6 regions of Asia?

*North Asia – Russia (most of Siberia and the northeastern edges of the continent)

*Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan.

*West Asia (The Middle East or Near East) includes… Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.

*South Asia includes… Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

*East Asia – China, Hong Kong, Japan, North Korea, Mongolia, South Korea, Taiwan.

*Southeast Asia – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.

How are we celebrating Asian Heritage Month?

Whistler Multicultural Society is spending the month interviewing locals from different Asian countries who have chosen Whistler, Pemberton and the Sea to Sky as their home. We’ll be having a conversation with each to explore their home culture, how they have adapted to local life, what aspects of their heritage they keep here in Canada, and how recent events have impacted them.

Want to know more about our local Asian immigrant’s journey to Whistler, Pemberton, and our region?  Watch this space; we are going to share with you stories of our local Asian immigrants.