Jocelyn Wong | Student, Department of English
Due to increasing AAPI hate crimes occurring throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, commemorating Asian Heritage Month this year looks different for me and my loved ones. While before we may have flocked to Chinatown for a classic Hong Kong style diner meal (complete with iced Ovaltine and a coconut bun from Maxim's), it's clear that this month in particular must be spent differently. And while this is a hard pill for me and my fellow Asians to swallow, we have always been resilient beings.
It's disheartening and confusing that we feel unsafe in a city we've called "home" for many years—but one thing keeps us together and fuels our hope for the future: our undying love and appreciation for the Asian culture.
Asian Heritage Month to me means honouring Asian tenacity, Asian storytelling and Asian love. It's about gathering around the table (or our laptops) with our favourite dishes and reminiscing about our diaspora journeys, our favourite Asian grocery store snacks, our character-filled grandparents and aunties and uncles, and more. And regardless of the amount of hate occurring around us, this sense of pride—this wealth of Asian knowledge, strength and vast histories—can never be removed.