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ImaginASIAN Broadcast

presented by Mr. Justin Poy

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Episode 1: Ali Kazmi/ACTOR
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Ali Kazmi is a Pakistani-Canadian actor that has broken barriers in the acting world and paved new paths for future Asian-Canadians in film and television. Ali is the star of "Beeba Boys" and Deepa Metha’s latest film “Funny Boy”, which was Canada’s submission to the 2021 Academy Awards. Hear Ali's amazing immigrant story. An Asian Heritage Month special interview that will be sure to enlighten and inspire!
Ali Kazmi

Episode 2: Deputy Peter Yuen/Deputy Chief of Toronto Police Service
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When Peter Yuen came to Canada, his family had hopes and dreams just like every other hard working immigrant family. The career path his parents had in mind for him fell into the category of “traditional”, but Peter had other ideas. A recruitment booth for law enforcement colliding with a feisty young immigrant with strong ideas of his own, made a winning combination, as Deputy Yuen rose trough the ranks to become Deputy Chief of the Toronto Police Service. Tune into this episode for a story that will show all Canadians the recipe for success.

Peter Yuen

Episode 3: Tony Wong/Journalist
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Tony grew up in Montego Bay, Jamaica. As a young Chinese Jamaican, he has always felt he was a bit of an outsider. When Tony immigrated to Canada he showed everyone that he could break all barriers and overcome being an outsider — he perfected his writing skills and became one of The Toronto Star’s star writers— he has written about business, technology, culture and made a significant mark at the Toronto daily newspaper as TV Critic. Hear Tony, as he speaks to Justin Poy about his life, his challenges and his views on the recent media attention surrounding Asian Hate.

Tony Wong

Episode 4: Hon. Dr. Vivienne Poy/Former Senator and Founder of Asian Heritage Month
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Vivienne Poy

The Hon. Vivienne Poy was Canada’s very first Senator of Asian descent. Arrived in Canada from Hong Kong in the 1950’s to attend McGill University. She married after graduation and became a Canadian citizen. She is one of the country’s most high profile Asian Canadians. She raised 3 children and then launched successful careers as a fashion designer, entrepreneur, author, and completed post-graduate studies in History, attaining her Masters and PhD degrees, and was elected by the College of Electors as the Chancellor of the University of Toronto during her time in the Senate of Canada. Twenty years ago, through her Motion in the Senate, she became the founder of Asian Heritage Month in Canada, declaring the month of May as the time when all Asian Canadians celebrate their cultures, and share their rich heritage with the rest of the country. Dr. Poy has a most fascinating story to tell. Tune in to listen to an in-depth interview with the woman who started it all.

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List of Supporters of Asian Heritage Month

Main Partner: Toronto Public Library

Canada 150 Activities showcasing the works from the school workshops are sponsored by Canadian Heritage Canada 150 Fund and York University Canada 150 Fund

Canadian Heritage Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program
Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund

Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto
Cambridge Food and Wine Society
Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture
Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library, University of Toronto
Chi Ping Dance Group
Chinese Canadian Photographic Association of Toronto
Chinese Collective Arts Association
City of Toronto
Fête Chinoise
Justin Poy Agency
Moon Pointer Production Inc.
Reel Asian Film Festival
ReelWorld Film Festival
Richard Charles Lee Canada-Hong Kong Library
Toronto Arts Council Toronto Catholic District School Board
Toronto District School Board
Toronto Public Library
WE Artists Association
York Centre for Asian Research, York University
York Centre for Education and Community, York University
York Region District School Board


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