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Honourable senators, I wish to first acknowledge the presence of my elders, or family members, who travelled five hours to be here in our chamber today.

Honourable senators, I rise during Asian Heritage Month to speak about a largely unknown part of Asian Canadian history: the covert operations of Force 136.

The Chinese Canadian Military Museum in Vancouver is launching an exhibition on May 14, 2016, called ‘‘Rumble in the Jungle’’ that tells the story of this secret force, and I look forward to visiting the museum, located in historic Chinatown in downtown Vancouver, to view the exhibit. Colonel Howe Lee, one of the founders of the museum, has taught me to value, above all, the history that has shaped Canada and each of our lives. The lesser known or perhaps unknown pieces of Canadian history of the invaluable contributions of Asian Canadians are hidden treasures of our past that are being showcased at the museum.

Finding these missing pieces of our history is essential for our understanding of who we are as Canadians, on whose shoulders we all stand as we enjoy the freedoms that were hard fought and won for us.

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