The Johl family graciously agreed to share their experiences as Sikh Americans, and generously pledged to donate to the documentary project. The Johls are well-known philanthropists in their local community. Here are some photos of our recent visit to their home and farm.
Today we met a pioneer in science and technology – Dr. Narinder S. Kapany, known as the father of fiber optics. He established the Sikh Foundation and is one of the most prominent members of the Sikh society. He gave us much good advice for our project.
Bole so nihal! Sat sri akaal! That is the Sikh shout of victory and greeting, which we heard shouted many times today.
Today we drove to Yuba, CA to interview Dr. Jasbir Singh Kang. Dr. Kang is a spokesperson for the Sikh community there and a founding member of the Punjabi American Heritage Society.
On our way to Yuba we stopped by the Stockton Gurudwara, the first Sikh temple founded in the US. We were lucky to observe a demonstration Gatka, the traditional Sikh martial art. Afterwards we joined the Sikh community meal called langar. The food is cooked and served by volunteers and free for everyone – non-Sikhs, too. And it was delicious, better than restaurant quality!
Sarah’s thoughts on her first visit to a gurudwara: