Asian Heritage Month Book Display

May has been the Heritage Month in recent years in North America. It celebrates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans in the United States and Canada.

May is a time to reflect on the contributions that Canadians of Asian origin continue to make, to the growth and prosperity of Canada. Canadians are invited to take part in the events that honour the legacy of Canadians of Asian origin who, throughout Canadian history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation we know today.

Asian Heritage Month has been celebrated across Canada since the 1990s. In December 2001, the Senate of Canada adopted a motion proposed by Senator Vivienne Poy to officially designate May as Asian Heritage Month in Canada. In May 2002, the Government of Canada signed an official declaration to designate May as Asian Heritage Month. (The above information is from the Government of Canada’s website.)

There is a Asian Heritage Month book display in the Redpath Library during the whole month of May this year. The display features books on Asia or by Asian authors. You’ll find books on various topics such as Asian cinema, sports, entertainments, history, literature, religion, as well as encyclopedia on Asian American history and culture. You can find books by well known Asian Canadians including Joy Kogawa, Canadian poet and novelist; Jen Sookfong Lee, a Chinese Canadian broadcaster and novelist; Vivienne Poy, historian, fashion designer, community volunteer, and senator (1998-2012).


Please take a look at these books, and check out one or two of them for your reading.

Come to the Touch Table and take a look at the Window of Shanghai

Montreal and Shanghai became sister cities in 1985 and have engaged in multiple cultural exchanges throughout the years. Mayors of Montreal and Shanghai have visited each other’s city many times during the past 33 years.

The Shanghai Library Delegation headed by Mr. Deming Chen, Vice Director of Shanghai Library, visited McGill University Library on October 26, 2006, and “Open the Window” Ceremony was held. Since then, the co-operative project “Window of Shanghai” at McGill University Library has been carried out till today.

East year we receive gift books from Shanghai library which include many subjects, such as arts, literature, history, Chinese language and culture. Such books are especially useful for students who want to read books in Chinese and publications about China to enhance their Chinese language proficiency or to learn more about Chinese culture.

We are currently launching the “Window of Shanghai” exhibit on the Touch Table in the Redpath Library. On the home page, you’ll see four “windows”.

For example, by clicking on the first window, you’ll find some titles of our newly received books. And by selecting a title, you’ll get the record of the book and its call number.

The 2nd window is for e-books and the 3rd is for e-newspapers which you’ll be able to read online. The last window is about the past events since the establishment of the “Window of Shanghai” since 2006.

Please come to check it out, and send us some feedback if you’d like to make some comments or suggestions.

Japanese Manga and Anime Book Display

Manga means the Japanese term 漫画, referring to Japanese comics/cartoons created in Japan as early as 19th century. Since the 1950s, manga has steadily become a major part of the Japanese publishing industry.

Manga has been popular in North America for more than thirty years, since the first full-length manga stories were translated in America in 1987. During the past several decades, Japanese manga has attracted a great number of readers in many countries, especially among young people.

McGill students have great interest in courses related to Japanese popular culture such as Japanese cinema, manga and animation. Each term more students have registered for such courses than the classes could accommodate. To meet the needs of teaching, learning and research, our library has developed a strong collection in this field.

This display will highlight books by two famous Manga artists. Katsuhiro Otomo, is the most famous Japanese manga artist, screenwriter and film director. He was decorated a Chevalier of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2005, promoted to Officer of the order in 2014, became the fourth manga artist ever inducted into the American Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2012, and was awarded the Purple Medal of Honor from the Japanese government in 2013. Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989), another well-known Japanese manga artist, cartoonist, animator and film producer, was innovative in redefinitions of manga genres and was referred as “the father of manga”, or “the god of manga.”

The display will be up the entire months throughout March and April, so please take a break and browse the shelf. Just feel free to pick a book from the shelf and check it out!