This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WW I. Sikh’s played an important role in the allies’ fight during WW1 primarily in the British military and on
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WW I. Sikh’s played an important role in the allies’ fight during WW1 primarily in the British military and on a more limited basis in the American military. There was participation of Sikhs from the Pacific Northwest to the Allied cause. The US had a tradition of giving immigrants citizenship after military service, but when these loyal soldiers came home they were denied this benefit. We’re hosting a film event of 3 movies produced by Sikh Lens about the story of one such immigrant, Bhagat Singh Thind, a resident of Astoria OR in the early 1900s, who was the first turban and beard wearing Sikh to serve in the US military. The films will be followed by a panel discussion.
The three films – each approximately 25 minutes – Produced by Sikhlens Productions are:
All Quiet on the Home Front
Lions of London
The panel will consist of:
Bicky Singh: Sikhlens, Founder.
Harjus Singh: Director, All Quiet on the Home Front.
Lt. Colonel Kamal Singh Kalsi: The highest-ranking Sikh officer in the US Army.
Johanna Ogden, PhD.: Who did her doctoral thesis on the history of Sikhs in Oregon in the late 19th and early 20th century.
We invite you to this historic event at PSU.
This is a free event, please RSVP by May 15th 2018.
Following the discussion will be a complementary Indian Vegetarian meal.
We welcome all who have interest in Oregon history.
(Saturday) 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Viking Pavilion (Portland State University)
930 SW Hall St., Portland, OR 97201