To improve the representation of Canadian artists of Asian origin while facilitating exchanges between artists as well as with the cultural industry, a national digital platform is being created. This project is evolving under the supervision of a multicultural, multidisciplinary and pan-Canadian council. Funded with a major grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, this tool is the result of objectives set during the second edition of the Symposium in 2020.
In 2010, on the occasion of the 1st National Asian Heritage Month Symposium, Festival Accès Asie launched a website that gathers Asian Canadian achievements: asiancanadianwiki.org. This website is dedicated to promoting Asian Canadian community and is a database of all things Asian Canadian – from artists, scientists, leaders, to cultural centres, community organizations and festivals. Users can edit articles, add their own media such as film clips or music.
Robert Parungao, Asian Canadian Wiki Coordinator
Elena Kusaka, Asian Canadian Wiki Coordinator
Ten years after the creation of Asian Canadian Wiki, the Festival Accès Asie organized a 2nd National Asian Heritage Month Symposium from September 10 to 13, 2020. For more information on the Symposium, see the National Symposium 2020 page.
One of the objectives of the Symposium was to collect ideas and comments from members of the Asian-Canadian community (artists, cultural workers and organizations working for Asian heritage) in order to improve the Asian Canadian Wiki platform. This reorganization project led by the Festival Accès Asie is called the National Digital Platform and is currently in development.
The National Digital Platform aims to benefit Asian Canadian artists from coast to coast to coast. The goals are in particular to increase the visibility of Canadian artists of Asian origin, to allow networking between artists and to make it easier for presenters wishing to diversify their programming.
You can watch a summary of the results of the surveys that were conducted during the 2nd National Asian Heritage Month Symposium.