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Yuba City Sikh Festival, Part 1

I must confess this synopsis is months overdue, and that this particular post is weeks overdue (I’m not doing so well at my one-post-a-week average), but I’m about to take you on a tour of a festival that took place at the Sikh Temple of Yuba City, est. 1969, on the closing weekend of last… Read more »

Punjab-upon-California

Hello, readers. It has been many months since last we spoke, so I wanted to update you all on where I am these days. I am in California on a gap year and am taking full advantage of the chance to move freely about my home state, which is home to one of the largest… Read more »

24/7 kirtan

I confess that I’m writing this post a few weeks later than I should have. I’m currently in New Delhi, so my usual access to pictures via Canadian television and the internet is severely limited. One of the distinctive markers of growing up with Punjabi culture was the gray or black radio in nearly every… Read more »

A Weekend at a Village

Monday August 11 I have just returned from my last weekend here in Senegal, the best weekend I have had on the trip and one of the most interesting weekends of my life. For the last three days, I accompanied my research assistant, Macodou, to his hometown city, Thiès, and then to his mother’s hometown… Read more »

The Game of Politics. The Hope of Youth.

Thursday August 7  In my last post, I laid out several challenges that I have faced during my surveying such as respondents’ lack of time, willingness, or the appropriate qualifications. After the last couple days of surveying, those negatives hold true but the positives have become more apparent. Several times, people have complimented me on… Read more »

Fieldwork Update: Pikine

MONDAY AUGUST 4 After another week of surveying youth in neighborhoods, I have thus far collected 57 responses. The most recent area I surveyed is Pikine, a sprawling and populous suburb of Dakar that holds about 800,000 people. Although clearly neglected and desolate in several areas, Pikine also has a charm of youth and community…. Read more »

a bit about me

I’m back in my apartment in Evanston, slouching more than I should. I leave for a semester in India in a week. My visa is all in order, my flights all booked, and the thing I’m most anxious about is missing football season. But enough about me. My research on the Punjabi YouTubers of Toronto… Read more »

Humble the Poet

Humble the Poet is a Toronto-based hip-hop artist, writer, creative, and elementary school teacher. His mission is to normalize the image of the beard and turban through his output, rapping and writing about life in Toronto, his worldview, and philosophy of Sikhism. He recently released a book titled UnLearn, which is a series of reflections… Read more »

Canada Month

Canada Day is a celebration of the creation of Canada, which occurred on July 1, 1867. Brampton’s seniors, meanwhile, have been celebrating Canada Day for the entire month. These celebrations take place in seniors clubs and public parks, with anywhere from a few dozen to several hundred seniors in attendance. Canada Day celebrations in seniors… Read more »