May is Asian Heritage Month – an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the many diverse countries that fall under the inclusive term of Asia. From East Asia (China, Japan, Korea and more) to Western Asia (Armenia, Israel, Turkey and more) contemporary and traditional cultural contributions are extensive within our communities.
Winnipeg Public Library has a large number of books by Asian Canadian authors. Also, don’t forget about the Asian musicians, historians, and film makers for you to explore within our digital and physical collections.
The Government of Canada proclaims Asian Heritage Month as a call to action for all Canadians to come together to combat all forms of anti-Asian racism and discrimination. To learn more about this, our Racism and Anti-Racism Info Guide is a good place to start.
Books by Asian Canadian Authors
Night of Power by Anar Ali: A portrait of a Muslim family – from the heady days in Uganda to hard times in a new country, and the tragic accident that forces them to confront the ghosts of the past.
The Library of Legends by Janie Chang: A convoy of student refugees travel across China, fleeing the hostilities of a brutal war with Japan. During the journey, Lian learns of the connection between her two companions and a tale from the Library of Legends, The Willow Star and the Prince.
A Delhi Obsession by M.G. Vassanji: features the extraordinary women of Northern India’s Gulabi Gang, a group of female political activists, and their charismatic leader Sampat Pal.
Floating City by Kerri Sakamoto: Frankie’s coming-of-age starts in a floating house in Port Alberni and ends up in Toronto, via a mountain internment camp.
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki: Ruth and Nao are an ocean apart, but linked by a lunchbox that washes ashore following the 2011 tsunami.
Seven by Farzana Doctor: On a trip to India, Sharifa is torn between modern ideas and traditional customs, while also trying to uncover a family mystery.
Secrets from my Vietnamese Kitchen by Kim Thúy: Between careers as a lawyer and an acclaimed novelist, Kim Thúy ran a celebrated restaurant called Ru de Nam in Montreal. Now, in her first cookbook, Kim combines her beautiful storytelling style with simple and wonderful recipes.
The Scent of Pomegranates and Rose Water: Reviving the Beautiful Food Traditions of Syria by Habeeb Salloum: A collection of traditional Syrian recipes from the 18th and 19th centuries, many of which have never before been available in English.
Coconut Lagoon by Joe Thottungal: A collection of 80 easy-to-make recipes designed with home cooks in mind. Coconut Lagoon features authentic regional dishes such as mango pickle, dosa, Malabar parathas, biryani, Thrissur-style fish, and banana fritters, as well as more-widely-known Indian recipes that are loved around the world, such as chai, butter chicken, and poori.
My Love, Don’t Cross That River: hugely successful in its native Korea, this film documents 15 months in the lives of a devoted couple married for 76 years.
6 Weeks to Mother’s Day – A Remarkable School in the Jungles of Thailand: a portrait of Moo Baan Dek (Children’s Village School), a progressive school located in the jungles of Thailand.
Pink Saris: features the extraordinary women of Northern India’s Gulabi Gang, a group of female political activists, and their charismatic leader Sampat Pal.
Naxos Music Library allows you to stream thousands of classical music albums from all over the world, including these titles of artists like erhu player Chen Jun, classical guitarist Kaori Muraji, and pianist Mikio Tojima.
Newspapers and Magazines
Your library card also gives you access to PressReader, a digital newspaper and magazine service. It includes publications in 60 different languages, from over a hundred different countries, including countries and regions in Asia.
~ Kathleen and Wendy