Click of each of the stamps to get the story of each stamp's significance and learn more about these Canadian icons.
Critically Acclaimed Black Canadian Authors
Read up on some these critically acclaimed novels written by Black Canadian Authors. We have all of the following novels on display in the C.C.I. library right now. Come check them out! For more great content and articles honouring black history and authors, be sure to also check out our blog Archive from February 2019.
The excepts listed below are from CBC Books post by Ryan B. Patrick
"14 must-read works of fiction by Black Canadian authors"
Checkout the following books that we have waiting for you in the library right now!
20 Black Writers to Read All Year Round
Each year when February rolls around there is a sudden influx of content, online, in libraries and elsewhere, featuring black writers, artists, activists and historical moments and figures. Much of the focus looks to the past and while that’s important, we at Room want to also centre writers in the here and now, and also look to the future.
Here is a list of some of our most beloved black Canadian women and non-binary writers to enjoy all year round, compiled by some of the Room collective. Our list is certainly not an exhaustive one but these are some of our favourites.
Posted by Nailah King of ROOM
6 Must-Read Books by Chinese-Canadian Authors
Reposted from Culture Trip by Emily Paskevics
Chinese-Canadian Literature is a colorful thread in the tapestry of the country’s literary imagination, offering insight into the historical and contemporary experiences of this diverse community. If you’re curious to explore Canadian literature beyond the internationally renowned work of Margaret Atwood, these multi-award-winning authors should be next on your list.
* All book covers courtesy of Amazon
Read an Excerpt from Chinese-Canadian Poet Lien Chao...
Chinese-Canadian poet Lien Chao's newest collection, Salt in My Life (Mawenzi House), is a remarkable, multi-sensory journey towards healing and understanding. Using elements of sound, taste, and vision, Chao explores themes of history and identity in an immersive, breathtaking literary experience.
We're thrilled to share an excerpt today from Salt in My Life, presented in both English and traditional Chinese.
Happy Chinese New Year!!
The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first.
The Rat is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) Zi (子) and the midnight hours. In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Rat is yang and represents the beginning of a new day.
In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children.
Checkout this link for an interactive experience and to learn more about all things relating to Chinese New Year.
Chinese-Canadians get the vote in 1947
Reposted from CBC Digital Archives: Chinese Canadians get the vote
Harry Ho and Roy Mah both fought for Canada during the Second World War. But because of their Chinese heritage, they couldn't even vote in a Canadian election at the time. As Mah explains in this CBC Television clip, many Chinese-Canadians believed that fighting for Canada during the war was strategically wise. How could Canada deny Chinese-Canadians the vote after they bravely served the country overseas? They were right -- as of 1947, Chinese-Canadians were finally granted the right to vote in Canadian elections.
Forgotten Chinese-Canadian Fought in WWI's Battle of Hill 70
Reposted from CBC Radio The National
Frederick Lee was one of a few hundred young men of Chinese descent who volunteered to fight for Canada in WWI, in an era when even those Chinese-Canadians born in Canada were considered aliens and denied the right to vote. He fought in the little known but strategically crucial Battle of Hill 70. Until recently, few knew about his contributions.
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