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Museum hosts cultural performances for Asian Heritage Month

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The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Asian Heritage Society of Manitoba will host an evening of cultural performances on Wednesday, May 13 in honour of Asian Heritage Month.

The free performances begin at 7 p.m. in Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, with greetings from Museum interim president & CEO Gail Stephens and Asian Heritage Society president Art Miki. Visitors are invited to arrive early and explore the Museum galleries, which are open until 9 p.m. on May 13. Regular gallery admission fees apply.

"The performing arts are a powerful way to provoke thought and conversation in support of human rights," Stephens said. "The Museum also pursues this goal through exhibits that explore the human rights journeys of many different people, including Asians in Canada – from the racism of the Chinese head tax, to the legacy of Japanese-Canadian internment during the Second World War, to the resilience of Vietnamese 'boat people.' "

In December 2001, the Canadian Senate adopted a motion by Senator Vivienne Poy to officially designate May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada. In May 2002, the Government of Canada signed an official declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month. In Manitoba, the Asian Heritage Society – consisting of representatives from the Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, Indo-Chinese, Korean and Filipino communities — have planned a variety of activities this year to share Asian culture with others.

"We are proud to showcase some of the amazing talent from Manitoba's Asian community – including a performance that brings together Indigenous and Asian traditions that speaks to our shared humanity," Miki said. "Together, we can break down barriers."

Performers include Phoebe Man and Ray Coco Stevenson (Fusion of Asian and Indigenous music/drumming); Manitoba Great Wall Performing Arts Inc. (Chinese-Canadian performers); India School of Dance (Indo-Canadian dancers); Aurora Odori (Japanese-Canadian dancers); Hinode Taiko (Japanese-Canadian drummers).

What: Cultural performances to mark Asian Heritage Month
When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, CMHR (85 Israel Asper Way)


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