Asian Heritage Month

“The University engages in reflection and action to build intercultural aptitudes, create a strong sense of inclusion, and enrich our intellectual and social life.”

(Intercultural Understanding, UBC Plan)

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre has partnered with the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society (VAHMS) and the UBC Asian Library for a month-long series of events that celebrates Asian Heritage Month which reflect the diversity of the city and the province of British Columbia.  Since December 2001, Canada’s Senate adopted a motion proposed by Senator Vivienne Poy to officially designate May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada, and in May 2002, the Government of Canada signed an official declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month. As part of the UBC’s emphasis on cultural diversity programming, the Learning Centre’s initiatives reflects many of the intercultural dialogues of the city and campus.


The Learning Centre has partnered with the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society featuring prominent artists in the Greater Vancouver area since 2009.  The exhibitions have occurred at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre art exhibit space on UBC campus. You can find more information about this partnership and exhibition from the video here.  For more information about the 2013 Generation One Art Exhibition at IKBLC, please find here.