San Antonio Sikhs Reach Out

February 14, 2004

Source: The San Antonio Express-News

On February 14, 2004 The San Antonio Express-News reported that "19-year-old Simran Singh and his brother, Harpreet Singh, 20, a junior finance major at the University of Texas at San Antonio, were among 10 local Sikh college students who recently shared their experiences with 40 younger Sikhs at a weekend youth camp here. Sponsored by the Sikh Research Institute, the event taught young Sikhs about their monotheistic South Asian-born faith and how to live it faithfully in an environment where they are a tiny minority. San Antonio has about 80 to 100 Sikh families, many of whom have lived here for as long as 30 years. Some are active in the community and interfaith activities and are respected in their professions. Most of their children were born here and have few ties to India or South Asia. Their faith originated 500 years ago in the old kingdom of Punjab, but American Sikhs aren't tied to that culture. They eat American, Mexican, Chinese and other kinds of food, and they dress like other Americans, except for the turban. It's a mandatory religious headdress that signifies commitment to the Sikh ideals of universal justice and equality."

See also: Sikhism, Schools