Events Calendar

Asian Heritage Foundation Events 2013

Asian Heritage Foundation-Southern Alberta invites you to participate in the following activities of ImaginASIAN 2013:

1/ Saturday, May 4th – Noon
Kicking off Asian Heritage Month
At Chinook Mall
Free admission
Celebrate the start of Asian Heritage Month in Calgary and get a taste of all ImaginASIAN 2013 has to offer. Come to Chinook Mall at noon to experience the sights and sounds of entertainment from across Asia, including Chinese Lion Dancers, Japanese Drummers, Martial Arts Demonstrations and more.

2/ Sunday, May 5th; Sunday, May 12th; Sunday, May 19th
Find the CanASIAN in YOU Bus Tours
Adults $20; Children 7-12 yrs: $10; 0-6 yrs: free
1:00 – 5:00 PM
Our ever-popular bus tours are back for three Sundays in May, highlighting two different Asian communities per week. Come for every tour: experience the sights and sounds of each culture, taste the delicacies, try your hand at creating special crafts, discover the Asian in you!

2013 Tours will include the following communities: The Calgary Japanese Community Association, The Chinese Cultural Centre, The Calgary Thai Community, The Calgary Filipino Community and The Hindu Community and The Calgary Cambodian Community.

Purchase Bus Tour Tickets by clicking here

3/Friday, May 10 & Friday, May 17 – 7:00pm
Asian Heritage Film Screenings

May 10 – “STARRY STARRY NIGHT” (Hong Kong, 2011) Mandarin with English Subtitles
Location: Conoco Phillips Theatre, Glenbow Museum
Tickets $10 Adults, $5 for children under 12
When Mei falls in love with Jay, a new transfer student at her school, love at first sight takes hold, providing her first journey into adulthood and what soon becomes her fondest childhood memory. Amongst her parents’ divorce and bickering and her grandfather’s death, Mei finds solace in Jay even as they begin a perilous journey into the mountainous wilderness to find her grandparents’ home. As they venture into the starry, starry night, they get lost in a storm that leads them towards a greater destination.

May 17 – Saigon Electric (Vietnam, 2011) Vietnamese with English Subtitles
Location: Conoco Phillips Theatre, Glenbow Museum
Tickets $10 Adults, $5 for children under 12
Mai, a ribbon dancer from the countryside arrives in Saigon and befriends Kim, a street dancer. A promise of a better life leads their dance crew to the big competition, but a romance with a rich kid threatens to derail Kim’s plans.

Tickets for this event are available at the door.

4/Saturday, May 25th
ImaginASIAN Cultural Gala
Regency Palace Restaurant
6:30 PM
As a wrap-up to the ImaginASIAN Festival celebrating Asian Heritage Month in Calgary, the
AHF will present a Cultural Night & Recognition Banquet on May 25th, 2013. The evening will
celebrate Asian culture in Calgary through a sumptuous 10 course Chinese banquet, the chance to appreciate various cultural performances such as musical numbers, dances and songs, and the celebration and the recognition of contributions by prominent Asian-Calgarians in the fields of the arts, social services, charities and the business sector.

To purchase tickets for the Gala, click here

5/ Satursay, May 18th
ImagineASIAN Special Presentation of “ELEPHANT SONG”
In partnership with Green Fools Theatre Society
Green Fools Studio, 2404 Erlton Road SW
Tickets $20
Two sisters, separated during the fall of Saigon, find themselves a world apart. Vi An, a refuge, arrives is Canada and teaches herself to play the zither. Through her music, she conjures the life of her long lost sister, raised in the jungles along the Mekong River. Rescued by an elephant, the sister embarks on a harrowing journey to rescue as many elephants as she can. This compelling tale of love and lost connections is told without words, using mask and puppetry.


For more information on Elephant Song and Green Fools Theatre Society, please visit their website by clicking here

6/ Wednesday, May 22nd
General Two-Gun Ma Kun Book Launch
Chinese Cultural Centre, 197 1st Street SW
Free Event
This year, ImaginASIAN will present a special reading and book launch of the book General Two-Gun Ma Kun – Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Jewish Body Guard, by George Dong and Tan Yuanheng. This novel tells the true-life historical tale of a close friendship between two great men, a tale that should not be forgotten, but rather written down and remembered for future generations. Morris Abraham “Two-Gun” Cohen was British adventurer of Jewish origin who became aide-de-camp to Sun Yat-sen and a major-general in the Chinese National Revolutionary Army. Cohen spent a portion of his colourful life in Edmonton and Montreal. The novel was recently published by Xiyuan Publishing House in Beijing, China. Mr. Dong is a retired journalist firm the BBC and Professor Tan is a well-know author in China.

7/ Throughout the year
From Asian shores to the Canadian prairies
Ongoing book & multi-media initiative to raise funds to boost the Asian collections of the Public
Libraries of Southern Alberta. When this program was launched in 2009, support from
ImaginASIAN accounted for the largest donation ever received by the Parkland Library System,
which serves over 250 libraries across Alberta.

imaginAsian 2013 Kick Off



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