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Sitar music, spring rolls and saris were in abundance as Canada’s senators celebrated the diversity that makes Canada special at their annual Asian Heritage Month reception. The Ottawa event, held Monday, May 8, 2017 showcased the cultures of China, India, Korea, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam.

More than 450 people watched singers and dancers perform dances and songs from the six participating countries. Volunteers served delicious foods from the various cultural communities.

The Senate’s Asian Heritage Month reception was hosted by the 10 senators of Asian descent: senators Salma Ataullahjan, Lillian Eva Dyck, Tobias C. Enverga Jr., Mobina S. B. Jaffer, Yonah Martin, Sabi Marwah, Thanh Hai Ngo, Victor Oh, Ratna Omidvar and Yuen Pau Woo.

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