Adult Programmes

MAY 2007


This is the eighth 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 the Asian Heritage Month Committee and the Halifax Public Libraries.



Tuesday, May 1, 5:30pm

Theatre Auditorium, Saint Mary’s University, McNally Building,

923 Robie Street, Halifax, NS


Proclamations of Asian Heritage Month by Mayor Peter J. Kelly’s designate, Halifax Regional Municipality, and by Deputy Premier Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works, Province of Nova Scotia.   Greetings by The Honourable Mayann E. Francis, O.N.S., Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.   Cultural performances and displays by members of some Asian organizations, displays by Halifax Public Libraries and Royal Bank Financial Group.



Thursday, May 10, 12 noon

Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library

5381 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS

Presenter: Ping Lu


Chinese is one of the official languages of the United Nations and also one of the oldest languages in the world. Over the years, the Chinese language has evolved from simple pictographs to thousands of characters. Ping Lu, who has been teaching Chinese at Saint Mary’s University for 12 years, will present an overview of this important and fascinating language.



Wednesday, May 16, 12 noon

Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library

Presenter: Helen Kwan


The art of embroidery has a long and important history in China. Using pieces from her own personal collection, Mrs. Kwan will discuss the history of and construction of Chinese embroidery with a focus on ancient artists. Helen Kwan is a Halifax-based artist; she was born in Beijing City and moved to Canada from Hong Kong in 1981.



Wednesday, May 16, 7pm

Cole Harbour Public Library (435-8763)

51 Forest Hills Parkway, Cole Harbour, NS


Wednesday, May 30, 7pm

Bedford Public Library (490-5924)

15 Dartmouth Road, Bedford, NS


In this interactive Sushi Hand 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.   Best of all, after all the rolling is complete, you can eat your creations!



Thursday, May 17, 12 noon

Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library

Presenters: Dr. Virgilio Sangalang and Gloria Sangalang


This film presentation of a collection of folk dances celebrates the ethnic diversity of Filipino culture, including the origin and history of the dance, significance of movements and various accessories.



Wednesday, May 23, 12 noon

Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library

Presenter: Dr. Marie Elwood


This talk will deal with Chinese material – textiles, jade, and ceramics. Dr. Marie Elwood, Curator Emeritus at the Nova Scotia Museum has been an invited lecturer at the National Centre for Ceramic Art in Jing de Zhen, China.



Thursday, May 24, 7pm

Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library

Bollywood Bound   (2001 – 86 mins)


Meet four young actors looking for fame, Indian style, all Indo-Canadians raised on a diet of Hindi movies. Director Nisha Pahuja follows them on a journey into a world both foreign and familiar. From casting calls to auditions and rehearsals, Bollywood Bound portrays a new twist on an old showbiz tale.


SO PYON JE (Korean film with English subtitles)

Saturday, May 26, 1:30 - 3:30pm

Scotia Bank  Conference Theatre, Sobey Building
Saint Mary's University, 903 Robie Street, Halifax, NS


Story of a Pan So Ri street singer's life, based on a novel by Lee, Cheong Jun.
(Pan So Ri is traditional Korean vocal art)



Saturday, May 26, 3pm

Tantallon Public Library,

3646 Hammonds Plains Road, Upper Tantallon, NS

Presenter: Pat Roberts


Cambodia (Kampuchea) today is the successor of the mighty Khmer Empire, which, during the Angkorian Period (9th-14th centuries), was the cultural heartland of Southeast Asia. It ruled over much of what are now Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. All of Cambodia’s religious, royal and written traditions originated in India. Pat Roberts will share her photos and experiences from a recent trip to Cambodia.



Tuesday, May 29, 7pm

Tantallon Public Library,

Hemingway on the China Front

Presenter: Peter Moreira


In 1941, novelist Ernest Hemingway and his wife, journalist Martha Gellhorn, traveled to Asia to report on the Sino-Japanese war. In their three-month tour, they met larger-than-life characters and discovered a vast cultural mosaic and societies torn apart by war, colonialism and ideological conflict. Journalist Peter Moreira will reveal some of the discoveries that make up his acclaimed book, Hemingway on the China Front, that Hemingway was spying for the U.S. Treasury during the trip.




We appreciate the participation of the following government departments in celebrating Asian Heritage Month



Wednesday, May 30

Lunch hour film and presentation

In the Shadow of Gold Mountain

Presenter: May Lui, Chairperson, Asian Heritage Month Committee


The film depicts discriminatory laws against the Chinese Canadians, and includes personal interviews and accounts of the last survivors of the Head Tax and Chinese Exclusion Acts.



Thursday, May 31, 11:30am – 1pm

Asian displays and lunch





Thursday, May 31, 12 noon

Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library

Presenter: Kristina Parlee


Novels can be a great way to explore the history and culture of the world. Join librarian Kristina Parlee for an introduction to recent titles in English from authors of Asia and Asian descent.




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


Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library

5381 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS


Alderney Gate Public Library

60 Alderney Gate Drive, Dartmouth, NS


Patrick Power Library, Saint Mary’s University

5946 Inglis Street, Halifax, NS


May 8 – June 3, 2007

From the East: Art by Four Asian Canadian Artists

Works of Mark Maestro, Golumba Kim, Lei Jiang and Reimei Chung

In partnership with Pier 21 Society at:

Chrysler Canada Welcome Pavilion, Pier 21

1055 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS


May 12, 2007, 3pm (at the same location)

Chinese, Korean and Filipino Cultural Performances