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Undesirables: White Canada and the Komagata Maru -- An Illustrated History Hardcover – Mar 30 2012


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre (March 30 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553659732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553659730
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 23.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #316,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...In turning from the film medium to print, Kazimi, a York University film professor, has created illuminated pages...rich and fascinating study..." (George Elliot Clarke Calgary Herald 2012-07-29)

"Kazimi expertly draws a line from the colonial attitudes towards South Asians, who were good enough to die for Britain in various wars but not good enough to be granted equal rights, through to today...Deliciously illustrated and designed, this is a most seductive book." (Hubert O'Hearn Chronicle Journal 2012-06-03)

"...Kazimi has created a book full of stunning photographs from the period, a reminder for Canadians that diversity is not easy to accomplish." (Jennifer Hunter Toronto Star 2012-05-26)

"Ali Kazimi creates a historical framework that allows readers to view events through the eyes of earlier South Asian migrants to Vancouver, authorities of the Dominion of Canada, and imperial officials in Britain and India...Today, with Canada's immigration and refugee framework under scrutiny, the story of the Komagata Maru is all the more relevant." (South Asian Focus 2012-05-01)

"It is a sumptuous coffee-table book with wonderful illustrations -- including many full-colour images from graphic art and documents of the period -- and a succinct and fascinating account of the forces, in Canada and British India, that came together in Vancouver in May 1914. The characters are skilfully drawn, and Kazimi shows the documentarian's deft hand in capturing the emotions on all sides." (Literary Review of Canada 2012-07-01)

"Undesirables: White Canada and the Komagata Maru is a lavishly illustrated account of a key moment in our history." (Vancouver Sun 2012-09-21)

About the Author

Ali Kazimi is a Toronto-based filmmaker. Born and raised in India, he came to Canada in 1983. Since then, his documentaries have been screened and broadcast internationally to critical acclaim. Continuous Journey, his 2004 feature documentary investigating the events surrounding the Komagata Maru, has won garnered awards on three continents to date. Kazimi is an associate professor in the Department of Film at York University.

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By Jadis Norman on Feb. 20 2013
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I chose this rating because I found no fault at all with this book . It is a fascinating , very well written account ; richly illustrated and beautifully presented .
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Ali Kazimi has written an absolute masterpiece. He expands on his film to give background and details about a story that still rings today. It is a must read - and in my opinion be mandatory high school reading, not just in Canada but in all countries that have had a colonial or racist past. It is beautifully illustrated making it a unique experience.
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Undesirables is an amazingly produced book on an important and, unfortunately, little known event in the history of immigration to Canada. What makes it unique is that it connects this event to larger questions of racism that exist today by means of connecting the authors personal history with that of an event that occurred in the early 20th century. The beautiful presentation underlines the heritage and dignity of those who are still considered undesirable.
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By P. Strong on Sept. 17 2012
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Undesirables is a marvellously well-crafted and artful book. It's a fantastic read, and an incredible, profound augmentation to any reader's sense of history and their own place in the world.

Undesirables is a gripping tragedy played out like a forensic archeological dig spanning centuries and the globe with pictures and transcripts, revealing the motivations of its participants; their humanity; their bold, imaginative and energetic actions on all sides - as well as the reverberations of these actions around the world and through time - up to the present moment.

My wife and I enjoyed the book immensely, reading it to each other over the course of a weekend - launching many discussions of our own experiences and histories. while it seems to me that Undesirables represents vital reading for professionals in politics, sociology, law, history, etc. - this lovingly illustrated human story presents a rich voyage of discovery to any reader.
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