Western scholars conference on hundred years of Sikhs' settlements
- October 22, 2012
- Karen Leonard, anthropology professor and department chair, is quoted in the Examiner October 21, 2012
From the Examiner:
The Sikh American community launched its centennial celebration in Stockton, CA with two conferences about “The Sikh Journey in America,” and “The Voyage of the Ghadr.” They also inaugurated a Ghadri Baba Museum. The centennial events had started in September, 2012 and culminated on October 14, 2012 with a parade in the city… Dr. Hugh Johnston (Simon Fraser University) talked about the immigrant ship Komagata Maru. In 1914, immigration authorities turned the ship away from Vancouver. When it returned to India, British authorities accused its passengers of involvement with the Ghadar party and massacred 19 of them. Dr. Karen Leonard (University of California, Irvine) spoke about the origins of the Punjabi-Mexicans community. Because restrictive immigration laws prevented immigration by South Asian women, she said, many Sikhs married Mexicans. There were almost 400 of these couples; their children embraced both cultures.
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