The Komagata Maru Incident: 100 Years Later


On May 23, 1914 a Japanese steamship sailed in Vancouver harbour carrying 376 passengers from Punjab, India. Due to exclusion laws designed to keep immigrants of Asian origin out of Canada, 352 passengers were denied entry and forced to return to India. 

CBC Vancouver is commemorating this period in Canadian History with a special series of interviews airing on television and radio from May 16 - May 23. 

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May 17 - 19 Our Vancouver on CBC Television - Host Gloria Macarenko interviews a direct descendant of one of those hopeful immigrants - Jaswinder Toor. Toor's grandfather spent two months on that ship, only to be turned back and then jailed in India.

Plus, reporter Jason D'Souza interviews Ali Kazimi, a Toronto based filmmaker and author who has dedicated years of his life telling the story of the Komagata Maru. 

Monday, May 19 - 5pm - CBC Radio One - A Canada -wide special Injustice and Darkness: This one hour program takes a look back at how far different society is today with interviews with descendants, historians and those closest to the story.  

May 20 - May 23 - Tune in to CBC Radio One's The Early Edition with special guest host Stephen Quinn for a in-depth series: A Century of Success: 100 years since the Komagata Maru. 

Local cultural success stories are highlighted, with guests including Amar Doman, the CEO of Futura Corporation; Ujjal Dosanjh, Former Premier of B.C.; Raminder Dosanjh, a woman's right activist; Karimah es Sabar, CEO and President for the Centre for Drug Research and Development; Wally Oppal, Former Supreme Court Justice/ Former MLA; and Ninu Kang, Director of Communications and Development at Mosaic.

CBC Radio One's The Early Edition airs 5:30am - 8:37am Weekdays at 88.1FM and 690AM. Our Vancouver airs Saturdays at 6am, Sunday and Mondays at 11am.

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