Sikh immigrant’s story is as Canadian as chaat, dal and paneer

Gian Singh Sandhu writes about journey from hostility, heartache and finding home, and a new approach to confronting rac...

...The consequence of insecurity and threat is often a retreat into insularity. The trouble with that is the community is not able to make itself known.

Sandhu recalls being told once, across a table, that with his turban and beard he looked like Iran’s late Ayatollah Khomeini.

“I almost fell out of my chair. I said, tell me what I have done wrong?

“He said, ‘You haven’t taught me who you are.”

“That was a question that needed to be answered. So education is what takes a lot of fear of the unknown away.”

Now, when racism arises, it can be handled from a new position of belonging and confidence, he said. Rather than retreating the question becomes “how do I find a resolution to this, how do I really educate those people?”... 

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