Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with Ottawa Public Library

May 20, 2021

Throughout the month of May, Ottawa Public Library (OPL) will be celebrating Asian Heritage Month. Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity to learn more about the many contributions of Canadians of Asian descent who have helped create the amazing country we share today. 

Everyone is invited to discover the legacy and diverse cultures of Asia through livestreamed educational and cultural programs at OPL -- for all ages! 

  • Love Instagram? Check out OPL’s Teen Instagram account @oplteens_adosbpo every day during the week of May 17-21 for guest posts from local Asian community influencers. They’ll be talking all things Asian culture, from who they are, their involvement in the Ottawa Asian community, discussing Asian racism and finally recommendations on Asian resources and materials you can find at the library. 

  • May 20 at 7 pm: Enjoy a live demonstration of Japanese cooking with cooking instructor Emi Buzza and test out your cooking skills making salad rolls and teriyaki chicken rolls. 

  • May 27 at 7 pm: What do you know about Uzbekistan? Every time Kseniya Tsoy would introduce herself as someone from Uzbekistan, she would hear the funniest reactions. Kseniya takes us on an illustrated journey to the heart of the Silk Road. Filled with humour and wisdom, her illustrations and stories depict the beautiful little things she loves about her country of birth. 
  • May 29 at 3 pm:  Join us for a live Family program learning how to Bollywood dance. Learn the basic movements of the popular Indian dance from the Bollywood musical films from MASC artist, Kuljit Sodhi. Kuljit will be teaching Bhangra (folk dance), Dhandia (stick dance) and ever-popular Bollywood dances. 

Tune into our weekly Storytimes for children all month long to hear a selection of stories by and about people of Asian heritage. We have also created booklists for Asian History Month as another doorway to show the rich contributions of Asian Canadians to our cultural life. For more information about these programs or booklists and to register, visit our website,