Want to be a part of Canadian history? Celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial with your success story
Canadians of Asian ancestry comprise the largest visible minority group in Canada. In 1971, Canada was the first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as an official policy. By doing so, Canada affirmed the value and dignity of all Canadian citizens regardless of their racial or ethnic origins, their language, or their religious affiliation. However, the road to get here was fraught with trials and tribulations, sometimes extreme in nature; yet, the immigrants stuck their ground and persevered. The continuously growing importance of Asia in the global scenario cannot be undermined. As a result, Asia’s importance to Canadian affairs, especially with regard to investments, patterns of migration and cultural exchange, along with the need to cooperate on global issues like climate change, has taken centre stage.
Global Asian Times has launched an initiative to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 by honoring 150 Legendary Asian Canadians. This unique project, the first of its kind in Canada, will showcase stories of immigrants who chose to settle in Canada, leaving behind their home countries of China, India, Pakistan, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, and Sri Lanka, among others.
What better occasion than Canada’s sesquicentennial to take a trip down memory lane with these emblematic heroes who overcame formidable challenges encompassing variations in language, culture, food, climate etc. to integrate into the Canadian fabric at a time when disparity and prejudices stood in way of success and achievement?
Are you a Legendary Asian Canadian, or would you like to recommend one for this landmark project? We would like to hear from distinguished Asian Canadians, or people in their close entourage, who merit being on our 150 Legendary Asian Canadians list. We encourage stories from individuals who have made a positive contribution to enhance Canadian values of democracy, freedom, human rights and multiculturalism. We also welcome artists, writers, and entertainers in any creative field who have furthered the cause of their native country. We are especially interested in social workers and exemplary Asian Canadians who, by dint of their hard work and spirit of volunteerism or entrepreneurship, have positively impacted the Canadian society by exposing the true potential of diversity.
- The story length should be between 500-1200 words.
- Entries should be typed, double or 1.5 spaced, in a plain legible font (example Times New Roman Pt. 12).
- The contributor’s bio and profile picture will be published at the end of the story. Please make sure to submit a brief bio of no more than 200 words. Profile picture of the contributor is mandatory.
- We encourage you to provide family photos or photos of your work in action to which you own copyright. Please note this requirement is not mandatory.
- You are welcome to provide YouTube video/s showcasing your contributions for which you have permission to share with media.
- Each story will be reviewed on its own merit with the editorial team reserving the right to edit as appropriate.
- Please provide as many supporting documents to back up the facts outlined in the story.
- All selected stories will be published in Global Asian Times under the 150 Stories category.
- Submissions are open until December 31, 2016.
- All submissions should be sent via email attachments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All stories selected for publication in Global Asian Times under the 150 Legendary Asian Canadians category may also be published by affiliates of Global Asian Times or its media partners.