May is Asian Heritage Month and the theme for 2020 is, "Asian Canadians: United in Diversity". This was inspired by the long and rich history of these Canadians who continue, even today, to enrich our country and make it a more vibrant, inclusive and compassionate society.

One of such Asian Canadian is SEIU-West member Xiuli a Unit Assistant as Saskatoon City Hospital.  

Xiuli emigrated from China to Canada in 2001 with her family. As a member of the Chinese community in Saskatoon, Xiuli celebrates her culture by taking part in dancing, Tai Chi classes, the Saskatoon folkfest, and Chinese New Year. She also attends traditional events that have now become a delightful blend of east and west such as weddings.

As Canada sees a rise of racism against people of Asian heritage, we asked Xiuli what her experience has been so far during the pandemic. She said, “I work with awesome people and fortunately have not personally experienced this.”

Let us take this Asian Heritage Month as an opportunity for all Canadians to learn more about the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian descent who, throughout our history have done so much to make Canada the amazing country we share today.

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