MAY 2005


This is the sixth year that Halifax joins other North American cities in celebrating Asian Heritage Month.   In sharing their heritage and culture with other Nova Scotians the Asian Canadians hope to promote better understanding and appreciation of the Asian Canadian community.   The following programmes are organized by Asian Heritage Month Committee, the Halifax Public Libraries, Saint Mary’s Art Gallery and Library.   Admission is free to all events.


Official Opening Ceremony

Sunday, May 1, 3:30pm

Theatre Auditorium, Saint Mary’s University, McNally Building, 923 Robie Street, Halifax, NS


Proclamation of Asian Heritage Month by Mayor Peter J. Kelly, Halifax Regional Municipality.   Cultural performances and displays by members of some Asian organizations and Halifax Public Libraries.


Taiji Qigong

Tuesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 5, 11am - 12 noon

Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, 5665 Gorsebrook Avenue, Halifax.


Presenter:             Dr. Charles Beaupré and his students


Dr. Beaupré has been following approaches to wellness enhancement for many years.   He is now promoting Taiji Qigong as a prime means to attain this goal.   Taiji Qigong is a form of Chinese martial arts as well as an exercise to strengthen the mind and the body.


Women’s Group celebrates Asian Heritage Month

Wednesdays, May 4, 18, 25, 10am

Halifax North Memorial Public Library (1)


Documentaries, books and discussions of different destinations in Asia by the Women’s Group.   Call Patricia Sutherland at  490-5723 for more information.


Strong Beats and Fluid Motion from Korea

Saturday, May 7, 2:30pm

Keshen Goodman Library (2)


To the sounds of the Korean percussion quartet Pung-Mul-No-Ri students perform Taek-Kyun, an ancient form of martial arts, in front of the library.


Tantallon Book Club

Tuesday, May 10, 7pm

Tantallon Public Library (3)


Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry will be discussed.


Registration required – call 826-3330


Book Discussion Group

Wednesday, May 11, 7pm

Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library (4)


Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje will be discussed.


Registration required – call 490-5700


Chinese Jade with Helen Kwan

Tuesday, May 17, 12 noon

Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library (4)


Jade has been worked and revered in China for use as sacred objects, for treasure and for decoration and ornament since Neolithic times.   Join Helen Kwan for a discussion of various kinds of jade and jade sculptures as well as the place jade holds in Chinese culture.   Helen Kwan is a Halifax-based artist, born in Beijing, China, and moved to Canada in 1981.


NFB Film Club  -  Earth to Mouth

Wednesday, May 18, 7pm (42 minutes)

Keshen Goodman Library (2)


Earth to Mouth is an exquisitely filmed, meditative look at life on Wing Fong Farm, near Newcastle, Ontario.   It is here that Lau King-Fai, originally from China, comes to spend the rest of her days, caring for the fields of Asian vegetables and those who work the fields.


Canada Council Author Reading

Wayson Choy reads from All That Matters

Thursday, May 19, 7pm

Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library (4)


Giller prize nominee All That Matters is the sequel to Wayson Choy’s bestselling first novel, The Jade Peony.   The novel follows the lives of the Chen family in Vancouver of the 1930’s and 40’s, through the childhood and adolescent  experiences of “First Son” Kiam-Kim in a strict but caring Chinatown family.


Wayson Choy is the author of the award-winning memoir Paper Shadows.


Celebration of Planting

Korean National Flower (Mu-Gung-Hwa)

(Rose of Sharon)

Monday, May 23, 10:30am

Glen Bourne Park

(Opposite #634 Parkland Drive, Halifax, in Clayton Park area)


Mini-Film Festival (NFB documentaries exploring issues of culture, identity and belonging)

Tuesday, May 24 (140 minutes)

1.      Cecil’s Journey / 6pm

2.      Bollywood Bound / 7pm

Sackville Public Library (5)


  1. Young Halifax visual artist Rohan ‘Cecil’ Fernando travels to Sri Lanka for the first time since his family left 21 years ago for a voyage of self-discovery.
  2. Four young Indo-Canadians seeking fame as actors in the Bollywood film industry, and discover what it means to be Canadian living between two worlds.


NFB Film Club

In the Shadow of Gold Mountain

Thursday, May 26, 7pm (43 minutes)

Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library (4)


Karen Cho, a fifth-generation Canadian of mixed heritage, discovered that half her family was not welcome in Canada, as the Canadian government imposed discriminatory laws against the Chinese.


Karen Cho’s film includes personal interviews and accounts of the last survivors of the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act.


Introduction to Kyudo (Japanese Archery)

Monday, May 30, 7pm

Shambala Centre, 1084 Tower Road, Halifax, NS


Presenter:            Kozan Kyudojo


Demonstration and experimental lessons on the basic discipline of Kyudo.

Contact  Paul Halpern   479-2040


Taoist Tai Chi

Tuesday, May 31, 12 noon

Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library (4)


Members of the Atlantic Region of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada will demonstrate a set of fixed motions while also discussing the history, theory and theology that make Taoist Tai Chi different from other forms of ancient Chinese martial arts.   Anyone can learn the movements of Taoist Tai Chi.







Library displays of Asian artifacts and / or library holdings throughout the month of May


Halifax North Memorial Public Library, 2285 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS

Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library, 5381 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS

Patrick Power Library, Saint Mary’s University, 5946 Inglis street, Halifax, NS


Rudi Meyer: Quotes and Receipts, mainly from Japan

April 23 – June 12, 2005          Tuesday-Thursday, 12 noon – 7pm

                                                Friday-Sunday, 12 noon – 5pm

Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Loyola Building, 5665 Gorsebrook Avenue, Halifax, NS   (Telephone  420-5445)


Halifax artist Rudi Meyer combines traditional Japanese motifs – heraldic devices, kimonos and large kanji (Japanese ideograms) – to construct an obscure narrative.   The 22 digital prints feature intense, saturated colours against rich black backgrounds.   Rudi Meyer will be giving an artist talk at the gallery on Sunday, May 29 at 2pm.   A catalogue with a text by Nick Webb will be launched at the exhibition’s closing reception, Thursday, June 2 at 7pm.   Refreshments will be served.


Art Merging – East and West

Landscapes and figures by Rei-Mei Chung

May 1 – May 15, 2005          (Telephone 425-7730  ext. 229 for details)

Pier 21, Welcome Pavilion, 1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS


Born in Taiwan, Rei-Mei Chung was trained in traditional Chinese painting.   She continued her studies at NS College of Art and Design.







Fun with Origami   Ages 8-12

Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library (4)

Saturday, May 7, 2:30 – 3:30pm


Paper folding with Maryjane Greer.   Take home your creations.


Children must register.   Please telephone   490-5707


Pre-school Puppet Show

“Tam Cam: A Vietnamese Cinderella story”

Thursday, May 12, 10:30-11am

Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library (4)


Space is limited, and free tickets will be given out beginning at 10am.   Groups must pre-register by calling   490-5707.


Chinese Opera   Grades 4-6

Halifax North Memorial Public Library (1)

Thursday, May 12, 1:30pm


Experience the delight of traditional Chinese Opera sung by a trained singer in ornate costumes; and learn about this elegant art.   Call Annette or Marcus at 490-5723 to register.


Story and Craft   Ages 5-7

Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library (4)

Saturday, May 14, 2:30-3:30pm


Join staff Alison Creech for Jan Brett’s Chinese story “Daisy Comes Home” and a craft.   Please call  490-5707 to pre-register.


Puppet Show   Age 4+ to Grade 3

Lon Po Po:   (A Chinese Little Red Riding Hood Story)

Halifax North Memorial Public Library (1)

Thursday, May 5, 1:30pm

Dartmouth North Library (6)

Wednesday, May 18, 1:30pm


In this Chinese folktale Wolf tricks Shang and her sisters when he pretends to be their grandmother and steals the treats of New Year’s Day.


Family Program

Sushi Hand Roll Workshop

Woodlawn Library (7)

Saturday, May 7, 2:30pm   (Contact Anne Baker  435-8344)

Keshen Goodman Library (2)

Saturday, May 14, 2:30pm   (Contact Lynn Somers  490-6438)

Cole Harbour Library (8)

Saturday, May 28, 2:30pm   (Contact Darcy Johns  435-8763)


In this interactive sushi roll workshop presented by members of The Japanese Society of Halifax you will learn some simple sushi roll techniques to create this traditional Japanese food.   Afterwards, you can eat your creations !   Registration necessary.   Children ages 5-7 are welcome to attend with an adult and children 8+ can come on their own !


Origami Art Workshop   Ages 8+

Dartmouth North Library (6)

Saturday, May 21, 2:30pm


Learn some simple paper folding techniques from Tomoko Miyano and volunteers from The Japanese Society of Halifax and take home your creations.   Children must register by calling  490-5840 Sherri Butcher or  490-5767 Annette MacIntyre.








N.B.   Addresses   (Optional)



1.      Halifax North Memorial Public Library

2285 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS


2.      Keshen Goodman Library

330 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS


3.      Tantallon Public Library

Hubley Centre, 4 Westwood Blvd, Upper Tantallon, NS


4.      Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library

5381 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS


5.      Sackville Public Library

636 Sackville Drive, Lower Sackville, NS


6.      Dartmouth North Library, Dartmouth North Community Centre

134 Pinecrest Drive, Dartmouth, NS


7.      Woodlawn Library, Woodlawn Centre

114 Woodlawn Road, Dartmouth, NS


8.      Cole Harbour Library, Cole Harbour Place

51 Forest Hills Parkway, Cole Harbour, NS