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Unmooring the Komagata Maru

Charting Colonial Trajectories

In 1914, the SS Komagata Maru arrived in Vancouver Harbour and was detained for two months. Most of its 376 passengers were then forcibly returned to India. Unmooring the Komagata Maru challenges conventional Canadian historical accounts by considering the international colonial dimensions of the incident. By situating South Asian Canadian history within a globalimperial context, the contributors offer a critical reading of Canada's multicultural credentials. Ultimately, they caution against narratives that present the incident as a dark moment in the history of an otherwise redeemed nation. A hundred years later, the voyage of the Komagata Maru has yet to reach its conclusion.

About the Authors

Rita Kaur Dhamoon is assistant professor of political science at the University of Victoria. Davina Bhandar is adjunct professor in the School of Communications and the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University. Renisa Mawani is professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia. Satwinder Kaur Bains is associate professor of social, cultural, and media studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford.
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