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Asian Heritage Month
In addition, Riverdale Library, located at 370 Broadview Avenue, also celebrate this ‘Chinese Cultural Festival’ at their library on May 11th, 2013 Saturday from 1:30pm to 5:00pm.  Programs include, Hands-on Chinese Calligraphy and Painting, Photography workshop and Chinese Traditional Folk Dance!   Admission is absolutely free!   Please register by e-mail: asianheritagecanadian@yahoo.ca For more information: http://vmacch.ca/Events
Hands-on Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Starting at 1:30pm This special art workshop introduces traditional Chinese art mediums and calligraphy to library patrons with or without previous experience. Participants will get their hands on during the workshop; they will learn how to put down a dot, a straight line, a circle, or a figurative image with Chinese brush and ink on Xuan Paper (rice paper).   Kam is a professional artist; Lien is an art critic and writer; both have been teachers.
Photography Workship Starting at 2:30pm Tam Kam Chiu will show the stunning and spectacular photographs that he took in Hunan province, China, including Zhangjiajie City, Wulingyuan, Changsha, and the surrounding mountains where the movie Avatar was filmed. He will describe the inspiration for taking each photo, how the photos were taken and composed, and with which camera settings. Tam Kam Chiu is a renowned photographer who is a Fellow of The Photographic Society of Hong Kong, an Honorary Fellow of the Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto, and recipient of many awards. He was ranked the second best photographer in North America by the Photographic Society of America in 1997. This workshop will be presented in English and Cantonese.
Chinese Traditional Folk Dance Starting at 3:30pm This introduction to Chinese traditional folk dances, provided by Little Pear Garden Collective, will include performances and workshops of the Wei Wer Dance, Korean Dance, and Mongolian Dance. Learn the basic steps and hand movements.
The Month of May is Asian Heritage Month. This acknowledges the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to Canada. Canada's cultural diversity strengthens the country socially, politically and economically in innumerable ways. Asian Heritage Month is an ideal occasion for all to celebrate the beauty and wisdom of various Asian cultures. Since its inaugural celebration in Toronto in 1993, cities across Canada, including Halifax, Montréal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, have been holding annual festivities during the month of May to recognize Asian Heritage Month. In December 2001, Senator Poy introduced a motion in The Senate of Canada, which was passed, designating May as Asian Heritage Month. Canadians are invited to take part in the festivities that commemorate the legacy of Asian Canadians and their many contributions which have helped Canada to become the multicultural and diverse nation it is today. 
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