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The Movie as Memory

In the middle of November of 2014, I went with the families I was staying with in Mohali and Landra, Punjab, to see Harry Baweja’s animated film Chaar Sahibzaade (tr. Four Sons, Sahibzaade being a formal, respectful term for sons), which tells the story of Guru Gobind Singh’s four martyred sons: the teenage Ajit and… Read more »

Yuba City Sikh Festival, Part 3: The Generation Gap

“If immigration stopped tomorrow, these gurdwaras would be empty,” foretold Nandeep Singh, co-founder of Jakara Movement, in his presentation titled “Why Don’t We Care About Our Kids?” Jakara Movement is a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading awareness of Sikhism and Punjab among Sikh youth in the US, though the elders filling out Dashmesh Hall on… Read more »

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 »


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’ve 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.

In my last post, I laid out several challenges I’ve faced in surveying random young people in neighborhoods such as lacking time, willingness, or the appropriate qualifications. After the last couple days of surveying, those still hold true but the positives have become more apparent. More than several times, people have complimented me on the… Read more »

Fieldwork Update: Pikine

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