Born in Vancouver in 1935, Joy Kogawa and her family were forcibly sent to internment camps along with 22,000 other Japanese-Canadians during WWII.
Stand-up comedy has played a huge role in our understanding of race issues. When it comes to how Canadians feel about skin colour, ethnicity and stereotypes, no comedian has had more impact than Russell Peters. His own story mirrors our … Continued
Born in 1947 in Punjab, India, Ujjal Dosanjh immigrated to England at the age of 17, and came to Canada four years later. Dosanjh has a B.A. in political science from Simon Fraser University, and a law degree from UBC. … Continued
Born in 1990 into a Chinese-Canadian family, Chan started skating at the age of 5. Patrick Chan’s parents immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong when they were kids. He is the 2011 & 2012 World champion, a two-time (2010 & … Continued
Born in 1957, Olivia Chow was Jack Layton’s partner in life and his partner in politics. She arrived in Canada from Hong Kong as a young teenager, looking for possibilities. She would go on to become an icon herself — … Continued
Born in Sri Lanka in 1943, Michael Ondaatje immigrated to England in 1952. He followed his brother to Canada in 1962, and received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1965, and his M.A. from Queen’s University in 1967. … Continued
Born in India in 1950, Deepa Mehta received a degree in philosophy from the University of New Delhi. In 1973, Mehta moved to Canada when she married Canadian producer Paul Saltzman. She began her film career writing scripts for children’s … Continued
She has such an unforgettable face and she went through all the difficulties that an Asian woman possibly experienced in performing art area. But eventually she succeeded. In 1971, Sandra was born in Nepean, a suburb of Ottawa, into the … Continued