Shining a light on books by and about Asian Canadians
In honour of Asian Heritage Month, the SFU Library invites you to celebrate the histories, stories, and experiences of Asian Canadians through books, films, video games, and more.
Visit our in-person displays
Drop by our Asian Heritage Month display at Bennett Library at SFU Burnaby and Fraser Library at SFU Surrey campus!
Read a book, online or in print
Browse through the SFU Library's collection of print books and e-books written by Asian Canadian authors.
Non-Fiction and Poetry
Or search the Library's catalogue for more books about Asian Canadian history!
For movies about Asian Canadian communities and people, browse Canada's National Film Board (NFB) playlist Asian Communities in Canada.
Check out the SFU Library's catalogue for documentaries, feature films and more by and about Asian Canadians, including:
Explore some oral collections available through the library:
Play on campus or at home
Discover a few video games featuring Asian protagonists in the Fraser Library Game Collection!
Explore primary sources and digital collections
SFU researchers can explore our collections and sources available through SFU Library, including:
Komagata Maru Journey
Includes rare government documents, newspaper articles, academic texts, videos, and a diary. The collection is linked to the website Komagata Maru : Continuing the Journey, which organizes resources and contextual information relating to the Komagata Maru incident into themes or types of resources.
South Asia Open Archives (SAOA)
Includes pages of books, journals, newspapers, census data, magazines, and documents. The collection has key historical and contemporary sources in arts, humanities and social sciences.
Arjan Singh Brar collection
A collection of letters, scrapbooks, a diary and a recording of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s speech in 1949. Arjan Singh Brar was a pioneer for the South Asian Canadian community.
Published in Vancouver, British Columbia daily from 1914 to 1992, the Chinese Times covered both local information and news about China and Asia generally. As the longest-running newspaper in the largest Chinese community in Canada, it was uniquely situated to reflect the adaptation of immigrants to Canada.
Beyond the Library
Visit the Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society’s Explorasian website. The VAHMS is a non-profit organization with a mission to “foster, promote and celebrate the arts and cultural diversity that Asian-Canadian communities bring to Canadian society.”
Check out the work of the RepresentASIAN Project™ , a Canadian platform dedicated to celebrating, advocating and elevating Asian representation and voices in media and beyond.
Visit SFU's David Lam Centre, which is committed to “fostering intercultural dialogue through activities that extend across a broad spectrum of social, cultural and economic issues.” The Centre supports all Asia-related scholars within SFU and internationally.
Or Ask a Librarian!