Interactive Inclusive Cross-cultural Encounters Online: The Virtual Museum of Asian Canadian Cultural Heritage and the Sagittarius-ORION Project

By Kay Li.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The aim of this paper is to report on how interactive inclusive cross-cultural encounters are facilitated in our two online projects and how these projects make possible HOPE (Harmony Opportunity Peace and Equity). Last year, Asian Heritage Month—Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc. prepared the Virtual Museum of Asian Canadian Cultural Heritage (VMACCH). This project was made possible with the support of Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy. The museum showcases the cultural experiences and expressions of Asian Canadians in a variety of capacities from across Canada. It strives to provide insight into how this demographic experiences life in Canada, how Asian Canadians choose to express their traditional culture and heritage, and what these expressions and experiences mean to Asian Canadian communities.

The SAGITTARIUS-ORION projects provide literature online so that students and teachers can have access to newly digitized and interactive resources on George Bernard Shaw and his works. We are expanding the project to African Canadian Literature this year. Students and teachers will be able to access annotated texts and resources for the plays directly from their classrooms connected to the ORION network. There are online classroom resources including production details, contextual documents, research materials, quizzes and activities, a search engine. More importantly, there are study guides tailored to the Ontario school curriculum, and reference materials by world renowned Shaw scholars. This project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada and ORION. Through these projects, we work out the ways to foster interactive inclusive cross-cultural encounters among multicultural users. We look at how cultural expressions can be presented to encourage interactions with culture in the rest of Canada in open access websites, and how to digitize literature on restricted ultra high speed optical network.

Keywords: Interactive, Inclusive, Cross-cultural Encounters, Digitizing, Online

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 11, pp.197-208. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 653.139KB).

Dr. Kay Li

York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


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