Jewels of the Qila The Remarkable Story of an Indo-Canadian Family

ISBN-10: 0774822171

ISBN-13: 9780774822176

Edition: 2011

Authors: Hugh J. M. Johnston

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Canadians categorize Indo-Canadians as visible minorities, yet thehistories of their communities remain invisible. InJewels of theQila,Hugh Johnston draws on memoirs and interviews, newspaperarticles and photographs, to tell the story of three generations of aremarkable Sikh family and the communities they lived in and supportedin both Canada and India.The Siddoos are Punjabi. Kapoor Singh, father and grandfather,arrived in British Columbia in 1912 and overcame racial prejudice andlegal discrimination to transform himself from day labourer to lumberbaron, publisher, philanthropist, and community leader. As hecampaigned for citizenship and immigration rights for his people, heand his wife, Besant Kaur, fostered in their daughters a vision ofservice that, as adults, they fulfilled by establishing a family-runhospital in Punjab and by introducing a Westernized version of anIndian spiritual tradition to Canada.Jewels of the Qilais about long, bitter struggles rooted inprejudice, race, and empire and about friendships built on sharedgoals, values, and experiences. The Siddoos are the heart of the story,but their history tells a larger tale of an immigrant community'striumphs and tribulations and the strong connections thatIndo-Canadians continue to forge with their homeland.Hugh J.M. Johnstonis a historian affiliated withSimon Fraser University. He is the author of two previous books onPunjabis in Canada,The Voyage of the Komagata MaruandThe Four Quarters of the Night: The Life Journey of an EmigrantSikh.
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List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication date: 7/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Hugh J.M. Johnston is an historian affiliated with Simon Fraser University. Among his publications are two other books on Punjabis in Canada, The Four Quarters of the Night: The Life Journey of an Emigrant Sikh and Jewels of the Qila: The Remarkable Story of an Indo-Canadian Family.

Jagirdar Families
Emigrant Jathas
Settling in Canada
Trouble in British Columbia
Refuge in Ontario
The Lumber Business
Women and Children at Mayo Siding
Village Life in Canada and India
Ending a Partnership: Life in the City
Citizens without Votes
A Real United Nations in Practice
Lessons about India and Spirituality
The Hospital at Aur
Finding a Teacher and Losing a Father
Marriages and Losing a Mother
Canada and India
The Span of a Century
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