CBC Vancouver launches special series to remember the Komagata Maru incident

CBC Vancouver is launching a special series to remember the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident with programming on CBC Television and CBC Radio One.

CBC Vancouver’s coverage of this significant event in Canadian history kicks off with a Canada-wide radio special, ‘Injustice and Darkness’ airing on CBC Radio One on May 19 at 5 p.m. This special show reflects on how different society is today with interviews with descendants, historians and people closest to the story.

From May 20 to 23, CBC’s The Early Edition, with special guest host Stephen Quinn, will air ‘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.

Also for the week of May 19, Our Vancouver on CBC Television features an interview with Ali Kazimi, a Toronto based filmmaker and author who has dedicated years of his life telling the story of the Komagata Maru.
“The centennial anniversary is the perfect time to re-open the history books and commemorate the story of the Komagata Maru. It’s a chance for us as Canadians to reflect on how far we’ve come since 1914, and how far we still need to go,” says Jason de Souza, CBC reporter for the series.

CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition airs 5:30 to 8:37 a.m. weekdays at 88.1FM and 690AM. Our Vancouver airs Saturdays at 6 a.m., Sundays and Mondays at 11am.

For more information on CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition, Our Vancouver, and CBC in British Columbia, go to www.cbc.ca/bc or follow on Twitter @CBCVancouver.