Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

‘Komagata Maru’ centenary: survival, strength, faces, memories

I wrote about the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident and its importance to the South Asian community in Vancouver and Canada. The incident is one chapter in a long history of racism in the city, province, and country. One of the plaques presented to the Khalsa Diwan Society reads:

British Columbia – Motion of Apology –

On May 23rd, 2008 the Province of British Columbia introduced and endorsed a motion to formally apologize for the events of May 23rd, 1914, when 376 passengers of the Komagata Maru were denied entry to Canada.

Motion No. 62, The Honourable Michael de Jong moved: “Be it resolved that this legislature apologizes for the events of May 23, 1914, when 376 passengers of the Komagata Maru, stationed off Vancouver harbour, were denied entry by Canada. The House deeply regrets that the passengers, who sought refuge in our country and our province, were turned away without benefit of the fair and impartial treatment befitting a society where people of all cultures are welcomed and accepted.

Honourable Michael C. de Jong, Q.C., Minister (Finance), Member of the (B.C.) Legislative Assembly.

The photos show a number of people who attended the commemoration event. Their faces reveal (what I term as) “mixed burdens of survival, relief, and accomplishment” as well as “joy and gratitude”.


Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

Khalsa Diwan Society Commemorates Komagata Maru Centennial, 1914-2014

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

Beat of the drum

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

A prayer & a rose, for each of the 376

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

Looking on

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

Looking on

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

Families

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

Families

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

Gathering

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

Watchful

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

Thoughtful

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

This is a call

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

Gesture

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

Ahead

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

Members of the Canadian armed forces

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

Gathering

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

Seeking names

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

Names

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

Komagata Maru Memorial

Komagata Maru Memorial, 100th anniversary : Vancouver, BC, Canada - 23 May 2014, fotoeins.com

At rest


More information & events

•   Komagata Maru 100
•   Komagata Maru Journey
•   Khalsa Diwan Society

I made the photos above on 23 May 2014. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-59y.

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