Sikhs in Southeast Asia: Negotiating an Identity

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About the Publication

Sikhs arrived and settled in Southeast Asia during the arrival of Western colonial powers in the region. They came primarily as auxiliaries of the British and many took the opportunity to travel into and explore the region. As prospects for prosperity became clear to the early Sikh migrants they brought their families and encouraged relatives and friends to migrate to Southeast Asia. Sikhs in Southeast Asia are currently into their fifth generation; they settled into Southeast Asia much earlier than the Sikhs settled in Britain, Europe, or America, yet very little remains researched or written about them. This volume attempts to fill the niche and hopefully entice researchers to further explore possibilities of taking up research in the area of Sikh Studies in Southeast Asia. Historians, sociologists, anthropologists as well as economists have contributed to this volume, each attempting to highlight their fragment of understanding of Sikh communities in Southeast Asia spanning from the colonial to the contemporary era.

Contents

Sikhs in Southeast Asia: Negotiating an Identity
Preliminary Pages
1. Introduction: Studying Southeast Asian Sikhs, by Arunajeet Kaur, author
2. Sikh Migration and Settlement in Southeast Asia, 1870s-1950s: Social Transformations, Homeland, and Identity, by Amarjit Kaur, author
3. From Product to Process: Sikhs in Southeast Asia, by Ravindra Kumar Jain, author
4. Southeast Asian Sikhs in Global Perspective, by Verne A Dusenbery, author
5. Discourses on Cultural Adaptation, Transmission, and Identities within the Sikh Diasporas: Some Comparative Perspectives, by Shinder S Thandi, author
6. Sikhs in Brunei Darussalam, by A Mani , author
7. Socio-Economic Position of Sikhs in Myanmar, by Myat Mon, author
8. Sikhs in Multi-ethnic Indonesia, by A Mani , author
9. Construction, Negotiation, and Reproduction of Identity: The Sikhs in the Philippines, by Joefe Santarita, author
10. Sikh Businessmen in Singapore, by Faizal Yahya, author
11. War Memories and the Representation of Sikhs, by Arunajeet Kaur, author
12. Sikh Business Community in Thailand, by Hla Theingi, Theingi, authors
13. Perception of Sikhs in Malaysia through a Malaysian Cartoonist's Lens, by Kiranjit Kaur, author
14. Sikh Women and their Absence from Leadership Positions in Malaysian Sikh-based Institutions, by Kiranjit Kaur, Manjit Kaur Ludher, authors
List of Abbreviations
Glossary
Index
Photoplates

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