Komagata Maru remembered at Reconciliation Dinner
About 400 members of the Chinese, Sikh, Japanese Canadian and other South Asian communities gathered with friends from the labour movement July 23 in Surrey to commemorate the 94th anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident. Thanks to the work of Vision councillor George Chow, a member of the Anniversaries of Change steering committee that organized the event, there was a full table of Vision supporters, including executive member Tony Tang, school board candidate Narinder Cchina, council nomination candidate Kerry Jang and me. The dinner at the Surrey Convention Centre was a sequel to last year’s event that highlighted the racism that has confronted many in our society, including First Nations. The evening featured excellent Punjabi dancers, a panel discussion, great food and, most important, an opportunity for people from many different parts of the community to meet and get to know each other. Pictured here are Paul Sumal, a deputy sheriff in Surrey, Ruby Bhandal, constituency assistant to MLA Jagrup Brar, lawyer and former Vision executive member Raj Hundal, Vision school board hopeful Narinder Cchina, me, council nomination candidate Kerry Jang and Andrew Yan, the Surrey partner for Bing Thom Architects.