Asian Heritage Month Charities to Support

Today, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee will be spotlighting some awesome charities to support in honour of Asian Heritage Month. There are several organizations across Canada doing incredible and essential work.

We’ve put together a list of those that stood out to us. We invite you to check them out below to learn more. Donations are encouraged but completely at your discretion.

Vancouver Chinatown Foundation 

Vancouver’s Chinatown emerged in 1886, and in under five years more than 1,000 Chinese residents were clustered in the few short blocks that now make up the historic neighbourhood. Despite plenty of opposition, violence, and oppression the community continued to grow and eventually thrive with schools, a hospital, library, and booming businesses. Over 130 years despite significant efforts against them, the community remains strong.

I grew up visiting Chinatown on Mother’s Day each year, eating Dim Sum brunch and begging my mom to buy us all White Rabbit candies and Poke sticks. I couldn’t begin to tell you how many fans, hairpins, and novelty chopsticks I collected over the years. This place is special to me and so many others as an essential part of Vancouver’s culture.

Recently, we have seen Chinatown struggle again. The pandemic, alongside outrageous real estate costs have closed businesses while gentrification across the city is displacing families living in the area for generations. The Chinatown Foundation’s mission is to promote a prosperous & vibrant Chinatown, preserving the cultural heritage and ensuring affordable housing access. -Julie Thorne

Canadian Multicultural Council – Asians in Ontario

The Council is an umbrella organization representing more than 20 Asian Canadian associations of various Asian countries, ethnic regions, and cultures in Canada. It was established in 1998 to promote inter-cultural cooperation among its members and racial harmony through the understanding of cultures and heritage.

Young Chinese Professionals Association (YCPA) 

The YCPA aims at uniting, empowering, and propelling young Asian professionals and entrepreneurs. It fosters networks and creates opportunities to connect, train, and equip their members with the tools to exceed their potential and become today’s leaders.