The Komagata Maru Project, May 2014 is being hosted by UBC Asian Studies to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the ship.
In 1914, a ship named the “Komagata Maru,” carrying 376 South Asian would-be immigrants to Canada, was turned away from Vancouver and all but a few of its passengers were refused entry. This reflected a larger move against Asian immigration at that time in western Canada and the USA. As a part of a major region-wide commemoration of the centenary of this tragic event, UBC Asian Studies has partnered with the Department of Theatre and Film, Rangmanch Punjabi Theatre (Surrey), Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, and other local partners to produce a multi-faceted program to commemorate and understand more fully the Komagata Maru incident and its ongoing significance in Canada today.
We open on May 1 with our Annual Event in celebration of Punjabi language, literature and culture in the lower mainland, the Harjit Kaur Sidhu Memorial Program, at which Ali Kazimi’s landmark 2004 film on the incident will be screened. This is followed by our main event, a theatrical production that explores three plays about the Komagata Maru incident written by Canadian playwrights in Punjabi and English on May 3, 4 and 9; the May 3 performance is preceded by a symposium at UBC on the political work of theatre.
Further details about the project can be found at http://www.asia.ubc.ca/2014/04/07/the-komagata-maru-project/.