Celebrate Asian Heritage Month at VIRL with these online and print resources and entertainment! We’ve curated a whole variety of materials in different formats for reading, listening, watching, and learning. Whether you’re looking for historical tidbits of Asian Canadian history on Vancouver Island, authoritative websites focused on Asian Canadian history, great fiction by Asian Canadian authors, streaming videos about Asian (Canadian) topics, or resources to learn Asian languages, we’ve got something for you!

Vancouver Island and BC Asian Canadian History

Paldi

Have you ever heard of a town called Paldi? Paldi was a mill town west of Duncan established in 1916 by Sikh immigrants from the Punjab province of India. The town was named Paldi as a namesake for a town in Punjab, but was originally called “Mayo” after Mayo Singh Minhas, one of its founders. At its peak, Paldi was home to 1500 people and a wonderful example of a thriving multicultural community. In addition to immigrants from India who made their home there, immigrants from China, Europe, and Japan also lived and worked in Paldi.

The once bustling lumber mill town, however, gradually grew smaller and smaller until the last of its residents moved away in the 1980s. Today, at the former town sight stands just a Gurdwara (a Sikh temple), that was designated an Historic Site in 2014. You can visit the Gurdwara and you can ride or walk right through the former town of Paldi on the Cowichan Valley Trail!

For more information on Paldi, have a look at two articles from the Asian Canadians on Vancouver Island website. You can also check out a book on the topic, Paldi Remembered, from the library.

Yasuko Thanh

Fans of local Vancouver Island literary and music scenes are likely already familiar with writer and musician Yasuko Nguyen Thanh. Yasuko currently lives in Victoria, where she was born in 1971 to a German mother and a Vietnamese father. Yasuko has published three books to date, the latest in 2019 being a memoir titled Mistakes to Run With. The memoir details her life so far, from growing up in poverty in Victoria, dropping out of school, doing sex work as a teen and young adult, and emerging in adulthood as a successful writer.

Her previous books include an historical novel set in Vietnam, Mysterious Fragrance of Yellow Mountains, and a collection of short stories set all over the world, Floating Like the Dead, the titular story of which won the Journey Prize in 2009.

Yasuko has also played in the bands Jukebox Jezebel and 12 Gauge Facial. Before she started writing, she earned money as a busker. You can find all of Yasuko Thanh’s books at the library.

The Soyokaze

Soyokaze in waters off Campbell RiverTake a look at this majestic cod fishing boat, the Soyokaze, in its 1940s heyday working in the waters off Campbell River and Quadra Island! The Soyokaze (which means “gentle wind” in Japanese) belonged to Japanese Canadian fisherman Shigekazu “Smiley” Matsunaga (born in Canada in 1908). The Matsunaga family had settled in Quathiaski Cove, Quadra Island and lived there until they were forcibly removed to Japanese internment camps during WW2.

Unlike most Japanese Canadian families at the time, the Matsunaga family returned to their coastal pre-war community on Quadra in 1949. Eight years later, they were able to track down and reclaim their “lucky” fishing boat, which had been sold and renamed. Shigekazu fished with it until the cod stock declined in the 1980s. He passed away in 1995 at the age of 87.

The Soyokaze has been fully restored and is now on display at the Campbell River Museum. It was installed on a berth outside the museum in 2001. It is still known as the only fishing boat to have been found and repurchased by its original Japanese Canadian owners after WW2. If you’d like to hear more about the Matsunaga family and the Soyokaze, there is a wonderful research article in a 2019 issue of the BC Studies journal.

Cumberland Chinatown

Did you know that Cumberland was once the site of BC’s second oldest Chinese Canadian community? It is also significant as one of the largest rural North American Chinese populations of the early 20th century. At its peak, there are estimated to have been 1500 residents! The community began in 1888, when the Union Colliery company set aside a swampy section of land to house the Chinese labourers that came to work at the no. 2 mine. Residents drained the swamp and became constructing homes and businesses. British and European workers were paid $3.30 to $5.00 a day. The Asian miners were paid considerably less at $1.40 to $1.65 a day.

By 1910 Chinatown had developed into a self-contained community and by 1920 there were around 50 businesses providing good and services to the community members and members of surrounding communities. However, in 1923, the Canadian government passed the Chinese Immigration Act, which severely limited immigration. Leading up to this, the government also enforced a head tax, which increased drastically over the years. It began in 1885 at $50.00/ person and by 1904 had increased to a staggering $500 per person. A fire in 1935 devastated the community and destroyed 43 of the buildings. This marked the beginning of the end for the community as residents moved away. By the 1950s – it was a ghost town. Any remaining buildings were razed by 1968.

For more information try this book from the library: From China to Canada: A History of Chinese Communities in Canada.

Jean B Lumb

Chinese Canadian activist Jean B. Lumb was born and grew up in Nanaimo! She was born in 1919 as one of twelve children into the Wong family. Her grandfather had originally come to Canada in the 1880s. At the mere age of 17, she moved to Toronto and opened her own fruit / grocery store. She later became the co-owner, with her husband, of the very popular Kwong Chow restaurant.

Jean was the first Chinese Canadian woman and the first restauranteur to be awarded the Order of Canada, which she received for her tireless activism and community involvement. Jean worked lobbying the government to repeal racist, anti-Chinese immigration laws and was part of a delegation that met in 1957 with Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. She was also instrumental in the successful campaign to save the remainder of Toronto’s Chinatown from demolition in the 1960s.

Learn more about Jean Lumb, her life, and legacy on the Jean Lumb Foundation’s website.

Margaret Gee

Margaret Gee was a woman who accomplished many firsts for BC and Canada! In 1953, Margaret was the first Canadian woman of Chinese heritage to graduate from UBC Law School and the first Chinese Canadian woman to be called into the bar in BC. She was only 26 at the time! If that wasn’t impressive enough, she was also the first Chinese Canadian female Pilot Office in the Royal Canadian Air Force Reserves!

Margaret was born in Vancouver in 1927 during the time of the Chinese Exclusion Act. She grew up in Vancouver’s Chinatown where her parents operated a bookstore. Three years after the Law Society of BC lifted restrictions barring Chinese Canadians from legal professions, she attended and graduated from law school at UBC. One year later, Gee also became the first Chinese Canadian woman to practice law in British Columbia. She passed away in 1995.

For more information on Margaret Gee, check out this web resource from Ryerson University.

Awesome Fiction by Asian Canadian Authors (Download a PDF version of this booklist here)

The Library of Legends By Janie Chang
In this historical novel set in China in 1937, a group of students flee the university upon the onslaught of Japanese bombs. But it is not just the students who are at risk: they have been entrusted to safeguard a 500-year-old collection of myths and folklore known as the Library of Legends.

Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety By Ann Y.K. Choi
This coming of age tale takes place in the Korean Canadian community in 1980s Toronto. As a young woman named Mary grows up with her family — who run a variety store — family secrets, forbidden love, domestic violence, and more interrupt her life.

Scarborough By Catherine Hernandez
Set in Scarborough, a low income, diverse municipality near Toronto, this novel is unique. It’s rare to see fiction focus on people like those in Scarborough with respect. Main characters include Bing, a queer Filipino kid with a single mom; Sylvie, whose Mi’kmaq family lives in a shelter; and Hina, a Muslim literacy program facilitator.

There Has to Be a Knife By Adnan Khan
In his debut novel, Khan investigates toxic masculinity, being brown, class, and relationships. Omar Ali is the 27-year-old main character who has just been told of his ex-girlfriend’s suicide. Spiralling into grief, he embarks on a self-destructive search for her suicide note.

The Conjoined By Jen Sookfong Lee
Lee’s page-turner is part family drama and part mystery. It begins when social worker Jessica is cleaning out her recently deceased mother’s basement and finds the frozen bodies of two girls, Casey and Jamie, who were foster kids cared for by Jessica’s mother in the 1980s.

Polar Vortex By Shani Mootoo
This dark literary suspense is focused on relationships: a longterm lesbian partnership and an old, fraught university friendship. When Priya invites her old friend Prakash to visit her and her partner Alex, her marriage starts to unravel at the same time as buried secrets emerge.

Warlight By Michael Ondaatje
Booker Prize winner Ondaatje’s most recent novel follows two siblings in the post-war period. Abandoned by their parents, they are educated and cared for by an enigmatic man and potential criminal. Years later, one sibling investigates everything he didn’t understand at the time.

The Subtweet By Vivek Shraya
Two South Asian women musicians, Neela and Rukmini, meet and form a fast friendship. One is established and accomplished but lacking fame and support and the other new and fast gaining a big following. When jealousy inserts itself, one tweet implodes their friendship and puts the career of one of them at risk.

26 Knots By Bindu Suresh
Former journalist and current pediatrician Suresh’s debut collection of fable-esque short stories focuses on the interlocking and entangled love affairs of a group of people. Love, lust, commitment, betrayal, grief, and hope all feature.

This One Summer By Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
The Tamaki cousins’ subtle story about two girls on the precipice of teenagehood is not just for teens. As the girls spend the summer together by a lake in Southern Ontario, they encounter but don’t quite understand the big issues around them: miscarriage, unplanned pregnancy, and depression.

How to Pronounce Knife By Souvankham Thammavongsa
In this Giller Prize winning collection of quiet and thoughtful short stories, ordinary moments are exposed to show the extraordinary beneath. In the title story, a girl comes home asking her father for help pronouncing a tricky word — to unforeseen consequences.

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars By Kai Cheng Thom
This funny, dark, innovative story completely takes apart the genre of the transgender memoir. Following the life of a young Chinese Canadian trans woman, the book traces her journey of leaving her hometown and joining a girl gang. Thom’s writing is powerful and poetic.

Vi By Kim Thúy
Vi is a young Vietnamese girl who has come with her family to Canada in the wake of the Vietnam war. In Thúy’s beautiful writing, she tells Vi’s story of travelling the world, witnessing humanity’s wonders, and exploring the infinite possibilities before her.

Plummet By Sherwin Tjia
Tjia’s post-apocalyptic comic stars Mel, a young woman having an existential crisis who wakes up from a dream of falling to find herself in a constant freefall in the real world. The story features all the usual features of surviving an apocalypse — with the twist of no gravity.

Mysterious Dreams of the Dead By Terry Watada
Mike Shintani’s father died in a place crash when Mike was 15. His body was never found. When Mike finds a diary in the basement of his house, he knows it’s his father’s. But to translate it —and solve the mystery he thinks is inside — he has to enlist a grad student’s help . The story blends magical realism, Buddhist myth, and Japanese ghost story.

Awesome Non-Fiction by Asian Canadian Authors (Download a PDF version of this booklist here)

Kimiko Does Cancer Written by Kimiko Tobimatsu and illustrated by Keet Geniza
Tobimatsu’s graphic memoir about being diagnosed with breast cancer in her 20s as a queer, mixed race person is a much needed perspective into mainstream cancer narratives. Both the writer and illustrator have Asian backgrounds (Japanese and Filipino, respectively).

Mistakes to Run With By Yasuko Thanh
Born in Victoria to a German mother and a Vietnamese father, Thanh chronicles her life so far in this gritty memoir. That life includes growing up in poverty in Victoria, dropping out of school, doing sex work as a teen and young adult, and emerging in adulthood as a successful writer.

I Hope We Choose Love By Kai Cheng Thom
Subtitled “A Trans Girl’s Notes from the End of the World,” this heartbreaking yet hopeful collection of essays tackles subjects like justice without violence, trust and community in social justice movements, love in the absence of faith, and more thorny, complex issues of today to which Thom proposes heartfelt solutions.

Dear Scarlet By Teresa Wong
In this graphic memoir, Wong takes a close look at her experience with post-partum depression. She details the feelings of isolation, boredom, sadness, and selfishness that consumed her after the birth of her first child, as well as her coping mechanisms.

Curry: Eating, Reading, and Race By Naben Ruthnum
Ruthnum’s book is an extended essay looking at curry as a cultural signifier of South Asian identity. Ruthnum, who grew up in Kelowna and is of Mauritian descent, writes with a sharp wit interrogating pop culture, recipes, travelogues, his own upbringing, and more.

We Have Always Been Here By Samra Habib
In this queer Muslim memoir, Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists. This pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her femininity and queerness.

Gently to Nagasaki By Joy Kogawa
In this blend of memoir and social commentary, Kogawa reveals the social, political, religious and personal failures that have shaped her life as a Japanese Canadian woman, including during WW2 when Japanese Canadians like her family were forced into internment camps.

Death Threat Written by Vivek Shraya and illustrated by Ness Lee
Inter-disciplinary artist and writer Vivek Shraya turns her real life experience of transphobic internet hate mail into a moving, complex short book. The at times horrific story is brought to life by bright, evocative illustrations by fellow Asian Canadian creative Ness Lee.

Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related By Jenny Heijun Wills
In this memoir about kinship and culture, Wills writes about re-connecting with her Korean birth family after having been adopted as an infant by a white family in Canada. Themes include relationships between Korean women, cultural (il)literacy, and more.

Chop Suey Nation By Ann Hui
Blending memoir and journalism, this book is the result of Hui’s cross-Canada road trip where she visited small town Chinese restaurants and talked to the people who owned them. Along the way, she weaves in her own family’s history, including finding out her own parents ran a Chinese restaurant themselves.

Double Melancholy By C.E. Gatchalian
The topics of this book—part memoir, part cultural commentary, and part artistic critique—are aptly summed up in the subtitle: “Art, Beauty, and the Making of a Queer Brown Man.” The Filipino Canadian writer’s book is at once a love letter to art and a passionate critique of the oppression it can embody.

Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen By Kim Thúy
This cookbook by celebrated Vietnamese Canadian novelist Kim Thúy explores her cultural heritage through food. Did you know she used to run a restaurant in Montreal? The recipes are easy to make and interspersed with stories about the “many mothers” in Thúy’s life from whom the recipes came.

Trust No Aunty By Maria Qamar
Qamar’s tongue-in-cheek survival guide for dealing with the ubiquitous, overbearing, unasked for advice-giving Aunties in South Asian culture is both hilarious and beautifully illustrated. The book is a cultural celebration and a critique at the same time.

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice By Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
In this collection of essays, writer and activist Piepzna-Samarasinha (of Sri Lankan and Irish-Ukranian background) explores the politics and reality of disability justice. Topics include rethinking care and access, ableism, the history of disability activism, new models of survival, radical love, and more!

Awesome Fiction and Non-Fiction by Asian and Asian American Authors (Download a PDF version of this booklist here)

Salvation of a Saint By Keigo Higashino
From the author of the internationally bestselling, award-winning The Devotion of Suspect X comes the latest novel featuring “Detective Galileo.” The first major English English language publication from the most popular bestselling writer in Japan, it was acclaimed as “stunning,” “brilliant,” and “ingenious.”

The Best We Could Do By Thi Bui
This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam.

Days of Distraction By Alexandra Chang
A wry, tender portrait of a young woman in her early 20s–finally free to decide her own path, but unsure if she knows herself well enough to choose wisely. The plan is to leave. As for how, when, to where, and even why–she doesn’t know yet. Both tender and funny.

First Person Singular By Haruki Murakami
A riveting new collection of short stories from the beloved, internationally acclaimed Japanese author, Haruki Murakami. The eight masterful stories in this new collection are all told in the first person by a classic Murakami narrator: a lonely man.

Interior Chinatown By Charles Yu
Playful but heartfelt, a send-up of Hollywood tropes and Asian stereotypes–Interior Chinatown is Charles Yu’s most moving, daring, and masterful novel yet. It delves into topics of pop culture, race, assimilation, immigration, and resisting the boxes others try to put us in. Winner of the 2020 National book award.

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning By Cathy Park Hong
Asian Americans inhabit a purgatorial status: neither white enough nor black enough, unmentioned in most conversations about racial identity. In the popular imagination, Asian Americans are all high-achieving professionals. But in reality, this is the most economically divided group in the country, a tenuous alliance of people with roots from South Asia to East Asia to the Pacific Islands, from tech millionaires to service industry laborers.

Aunty Lee’s Delights By Ovidia Yu
This delectable and witty mystery introduces Rosie “Aunty” Lee, feisty widow, amateur sleuth, and proprietor of Singapore’s best loved home cooking restaurant. Don’t read this book if you’re hungry! The first book in an ongoing series.

The Sympathizer By Viet Thanh Nguyen
The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as seven other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, it is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal.

Everything I Never Told You By Celeste Ng
Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet. So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue.

The White Tiger By Aravind Adiga
Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life.

Interpreter of Maladies By Jhumpa Lahiri
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, this stunning debut collection unerringly charts the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations. In stories that travel from India to America and back again, Lahiri speaks with universal eloquence to everyone who has ever felt like a foreigner.

Crazy Rich Asians By Kevin Kwan
Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families in Singapore and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occur when the heir to a massive fortune brings home his American-born Chinese girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

Pachinko By Min Jin Lee
Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations after they move to Japan, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a proud, poor family whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. A fascinating look at a immigrant group in Japan whose stories have often gone untold.

Human Acts By Han Kang
A riveting, poetic and unrelentingly powerful work from the author of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize-winning novel The Vegetarian. In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed.

Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line By Deepa Anappara
Nine-year-old Jai watches too many reality police shows, thinks he’s smarter than his friend Pari (even though she gets the best grades), and considers himself to be a better boss than Faiz (even though Faiz is the one with a job). When a classmate goes missing, Jai uses the crime-solving skills he picked up from TV to find him.

Asian Canadian Books about Racial Justice and Anti-Asian Racism

I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You By David Chariandy
Inspired by a famous James Baldwin essay, Chariandy writes a letter about race, identity, and belonging to his 13-year-old daughter. It’s a sweet, tender read, despite the book’s originating as a way to explain a racist encounter to his young child.

Being Chinese in Canada By William Ging Wee Dere
This comprehensive work looks at Chinese workers’ huge role in building the CPR and the following Chinese head tax. Dere gives voice to generations of Chinese Canadians, including his family, and discusses the head tax redress movement.

Gently to Nagasaki By Joy Kogawa
In this blend of memoir and social commentary, Kogawa reveals the social, political, religious and personal failures that have shaped her life as a Japanese Canadian woman, including during WW2 when Japanese Canadians like her family were forced into internment camps.

Even This Page is White By Vivek Shraya
Vivek Shraya’s debut poetry collection boldly states its interrogation of race with its clever title. While playing with poetic form, she writes about the energy taken up by racism and by moving through the world as a racialized person of South Asian descent in Canada.

The Diary of Dukesang Wong By Dukesang Wong, Wendy Joy Hoe (Translation)
This remarkable book contains the only known first-person account of a Chinese worker on 19th century railways. Translated by Wong’s granddaughter, the diary chronicles Wong’s experiences on Gold Mountain, including exploitation, comradery, sickness, starvation, work, and racism.

Library Databases and Web Resources about Asian Canadian History and Heritage

Asian Canadians on Vancouver Island: this project “document[ed] and (re)conceptualize[d] Asian Canadian history on Vancouver Island, with specific focus on ties with First Nations and the transpacific.” Their website contains a wealth of knowledge about Asian Canadian communities on Vancouver Island, from research articles to personal accounts.

The British Columbia Encyclopedia: this database is the definitive reference database on historical and contemporary British Columbia. Have a look at the entries for South Asians, Japanese, and Chinese in particular.

The Knowledge Network: the content of this publicly funded TV network serving B.C. is available online. Check out the Asia Pacific content.

Streaming Movies about Asian / Asian Canadian Topics

Check out these FREE streaming movies available through Kanopy, a database available with your library card, and the National Film Board of Canada. Some are full feature length and some are shorts. All are great and librarian-recommended! In parentheses after each film name there is an indication of which Asian identities, cultures, and/or countries are represented.

Legend for symbols:

Canadian  

Woman-Directed

LGBTQ+ Content

Documentaries

  1. One Big Hapa Family: The Japanese Canadian Identity  (Japan)
  2. Shalom Bollywood (India)
  3. Genghis Khan and the Rise of the Mongols  (China)
  4. Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Team (Japan)  
  5. Cricket and Parc-Ex: A Love Story: Immigrants and Sports in a Vibrant Canadian Neighbourhood (Bangladesh, Pakistan)
  6. Mallamall (India)  
  7. Painted Nails  (Vietnam)
  8. Slaying the Dragon  (Multiple Asian Identities)
  9. Namrata (India)
  10. Western Eyes  (Philippines, Korea)  
  11. The Bassinet (China)    
  12. Becoming Labrador  (Philippines)  
  13. Earth to Mouth (China)
  14. Gayasians  (Multiple Asian Identities)  
  15. Sentenced Home: The Deportation of Cambodian Americans  (Cambodia)
  16. The Split Horn: The Life of A Hmong Shaman in America  (Hmong)
  17. The Slanted Screen: Hollywood’s Representation of Asian Men in Film & Television  (Multiple Asian Identities)
  18. First Person Plural  (Korea)
  19. A Thousand Mothers  (Myanmar)
  20. The Donut King  (Cambodia)

Narrative / Fictional Film

  1. Old Stone (China)
  2. Funeral Parade with Roses (Japan)
  3. Bollywood Beats (India)  
  4. Sweet Bean  (Japan)
  5. Shanghai Triad  (China)
  6. The Tag Along  (Taiwan)
  7. What Will People Say  (Pakistan)
  8. Remittance  (Philippines)
  9. The Handmaiden  (Korea)
  10. Pop Aye  (Thailand) 
  11. Ploy  (Thailand)
  12. The Third Wife (Vietnam)
  13. Daughter of the Nile  (Taiwan)
  14. Dukhtar (Pakistan)
  15. By the Time It Gets Dark (Thailand)
  16. Becoming Who I Was (Tibet)
  17. 1000 Rupee Note (India)
  18. Cemetery of Splendor (Thailand)
  19. The Rocket (Laos)
  20. In Her Place (Korea)

Animated Films

  1. Minoru: Memory of Exile (Japan)
  2. A Letter to Momo (Japan)
  3. Seoul Station (Korea)
  4. The Girl Who Hated Books (India)
  5. Sister (China)
  6. Flowing Home (coming soon) (Vietnam)
  7. Roses Sing on New Snow (China)
  8. Lights for Gita  (India)

Want more Asian movies? You can find browse all the movies marked Asian American Studies on Kanopy. On Kanopy, also check out the pages for Korean Cinema, Japanese Cinema, and Chinese Cinema. On the National Film Board’s website, you can browse all content marked Asian Origin (note that while most NFB films are free to watch, a few are not).

Creativity Common’s Seed Library: Heirloom Asian Seeds Available

Information about the seed library is available here.

Asian veggie seeds available are:

 

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