Komagata Maru

Komagata Maru Reminds Us How Lonely It Can Get When We Stop Letting Others In

Aarondeep Bains | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Aarondeep Bains

When I see the photo of the Sikhs on the decks of the Komagata Maru, I think of the ones trying so desperately to pry that door open on land. The ones who raised money that they did not have for legal fees, and who rowed out to feed the men aboard with food they scarcely earned. Their story, and reasons for helping those barred from entry is as old as our nation itself.

100 Years Later, Racist Chapter Still Unknown By Many

CBC | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Descendants of two B.C. residents, who were on opposite sides of the Komagata Maru story, are sharing their reflections today on the 100th anniversar...

Why The Komagata Maru Is Still Important

Naveen Girn | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Naveen Girn

These two words encapsulate so many negative aspects of the South Asian experience in Canada: exclusion, discrimination, and racism. While the community has overcome many systemic challenges, it would be too easy to see this as a positive narrative -- from tragedy to triumph.

Going Beyond Apologies For Komagata Maru

Naveen Girn | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Naveen Girn

This requires us to see the Komagata Maru episode not just as a South Asian story but a trauma that all Canadians should remember and accept as their own story. Part of that process is internalizing that desecrating the Komagata Maru memorial should evoke anger from all of us.

'I Didn't Want To Hurt Anyone'

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A suspect who urinated on the Komagata Maru memorial has apologized, and Vancouver police have opted not to give him a bylaw ticket because he is a "s...

No Charges For Peeing On Historic Memorial

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Vancouver police will not press any charges against a man who was photographed apparently peeing on the Komagata Maru memorial in early December. ...

Why Desecration of the Komagata Maru Memorial Wasn't Shocking

Naveen Girn | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Naveen Girn

"Shocked" is a word that's thrown around a lot in reference to the story of a man urinating on the Komagata Maru memorial. The brazenness of the act in broad daylight and his proclamation to continue his actions, all point to obscene and disturbing behaviour. But many South Asians I've talked to aren't shocked at all. Sad, yes. Disappointed, absolutely. But at the heart of this is the understanding that to be "shocked" means that you're experiencing the unexpected.

Man Pees On Komagata Maru Memorial: Parks Board

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver park board says it has pointed out an online photo to police which apparently shows somebody urinating on a memorial marking...

Wrestling With The Komagata Maru

Naveen Girn | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Naveen Girn

The Komagata Maru was introduced to me sandwiched between narratives of the Chinese Head Tax and Japanese Internment. It had no scope to breathe. No room for discussion and further explanation. And it was the only time I remember seeing people that looked like me in my school textbooks. But the Komagata Maru is more elusive. It took me years to unlearn the biases I had built up around the story, hear the voices of the pioneers and understand the history on its own terms.

When Hockey Icon Crossed Paths With Vancouver Immigrant History

Naveen Girn | Posted 05.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Naveen Girn

Pressured by his in-laws to find a respectable occupation, Vancouver Millionaire's star player Fred "Cyclone" Taylor had a summer job that connected him with one of the most iconic historical moments in Canadian history -- the arrival of the Komagata Maru.

B.C. Liberal Ethnic Vote Plan Is 'Insulting' Lip Service To Historical Wrongs

Naveen Girn | Posted 05.12.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Naveen Girn

My ancestry doesn't define what I feel is most important. The essentialist logic that just because I'm South Asian an apology for the Komagata Maru incident is the paramount focus of my political identity -- and that its resolution would sway me to support a particular political party -- is insulting. I, like all Canadians, am more than just one thing.

Time to Apologize for Komagata Maru

Senator Mobina Jaffer | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada Politics
Senator Mobina Jaffer

The Komagata Maru incident occurred during a time in Canadian history where there was a deep-seated prejudice against minorities and immigrants. NDP MP Jasbir Sandhu's motion today urged the Government of Canada to officially apologize in Parliament to the South Asian community in the House of Commons. I commend him.

Unlocking Canada's Secret History of Dealing with "Undesirables"

Tracy Bains | Posted 05.27.2012 | Canada
Tracy Bains

By blaming the British for the Komagata Maru incident -- which barred 376 Indians from entering Canada -- we make history palatable and excuse the role our country played. A new website funded by the federal government, however, finally aims at unlocking the Komagata Maru incident and its significance in Canadian history.