The Daily Herald reports about the growing South Asian population in Bothell, Washington: “We are the only store in Bothell for Indian clothes,” [Harjeet Kaur] said. But her customers come from a bigger melting pot. “Our clients are Mexican, American, Fijian, and, of course, Indian. “Americans who attend Indian festivals, marriage ceremonies, they come to us and get some suggestions such as ‘what should we wear?’ and whatnot.” Read more here.
Vishavjit Singh, the artist behind Sikhtoons, has often opined about adding diversity to America’s pop culture superheros. In October 2012, he wrote an opinion piece for The Seattle Times in which he envisioned a super hero to fight hate crimes, and in a radio interview with National Public Radio in November, he talked about the backlash he received about this vision and of his rendering of Captain America as a Sikh man. On a recent photo shoot in New York, […]
Tomorrow, Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi, one of the few Sikh Americans who has received an exemption to serve in the US military with his articles of faith intact, will be testifying in support of allowing Sikhs to serve in the US military without requiring a special exception to grooming requirements. From the Sikh Coalition: This Friday, May 31, at 1:30 EST, Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi, a Bronze Star Medal recipient, will testify before the United States Commission on Civil Rights […]
As many Sikh communities across the United States have done in the past month, the Sikh community near Redding, California, held their annual Vaisakhi celebration in that city. The Vaisakhi Festival and Day of Non-Violence involved participation by the area’s diverse communities. See more photos and video at the Record Searchlight and read more at the Anderson Valley Post.
On their front page today, the New York Times reports about the Punjabi-language broadcast of ice hockey games in Canada by the CBC, the public national network and one of the major broadcasters of NHL hockey games. The Punjabi version is announced by two Sikhs — Harnarayan Singh and Bhola Chauhan: Singh, 28, has developed a signature style tailored for his audience. A puck can be described as an “aloo tikki,” a potato pancake his mother makes especially well. When […]
Almost ten days ago, Sikhs in the Dallas, Texas, area celebrated Vaisakhi with the opening of their new Gurdwara in Irving on April 13, when the state recognized “Khalsa Day”. Read more at SikhNet, or at the Gurdwara Nishkam Seva website.
Yesterday, the Sikh community in Salt Lake City, Utah, celebrated Vaisakhi (one of the most significant celebrations on the Sikh calendar) at the Sikh Temple of Utah: “It was very touching thing for me. When I was his age, we were too busy struggling to survive (in India),” [Pritpal] Tib said. “Here in America, we have enough funds and we have enough time to do that for our son so he can take part in the religion.” Read more at […]
On April 14, Sikhs across the United States and around the world are celebrating Vaisakhi (or Baisakhi), which is the most significant celebration on the Sikh calendar. In many cities, this celebration includes a Nagar Kirtan (religious procession) through the city, and these are taking place across the country this month. In Los Angeles, California, Vaisakhi was celebrated on April 7 with a large Nagar Kirtan originating at the Los Angeles Convention Center (pictured above). Similar celebrations are also taking […]
The Merced Sun-Star reports on yesterday’s 15th annual Nagar Kirtan (religious procession) in Livingston, California, to celebrate the Sikh festival of Hola Mohalla. Over 3,500 people attended the event in this central Californian city. “We always make an attempt to invite everyone. We want them to be part of the event,” [Livingston Mayor Pro Tem Gurpal Samra] said. “It’s not just for us. It’s for everybody in the community.” Read more at the Merced Sun-Star.