- Hi, welcome back to my blog. This post is about my class’s most recent field study. During this field study, we visited a Komagata Maru museum which was inside of a Sikh temple. Then we stopped for lunch then explored the Punjabi market. This trip is part of 6 different trips we will be going on throughout this project. In each trip, we will learn about different types of oppression in Canada and how all those things were apologized for.
This event was quickly forgotten by many Canadians but was remembered by many South Asians. Today it is remembered as an important period in Canadian history. It is remembered as more than just an event. It represents the struggles, racism, inequality that many people faced at that time in history. This is why a public apology was so important to the people affected. The apology would be a recognition of the wrongdoings of the Canadian government and how they miss treated, South-Asian people. In 2016 Justin Trudeau made a public apology for the events of the Komagata Maru. This was seen as a turning point and a place to start for the recognition that was needed for these events.
I found this trip helpful for me and how meaningful and long-lasting the events of the Komagata Maru are for the South Asian community. The Komagata Maru serves as a reminder to recognize our past and to learn from our past. It was it really meaningful for me to understand the racism they felt back then. I recognize how lucky I am to be the person I am today. I don’t think the road to eliminating racism is over yet. Looking at the Komagata Maru and thinking how terrible it was, we can still see racism throughout our day-to-day lives. We are a long way away from eliminating racism but educating ourselves and future generations is an important step in the right direction.