Jewels of the Qila

Jewels of the Qila

The Remarkable Story of An Indo-Canadian Family

Book - 2011
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Univ of Washington Pr

This is a story about a remarkable Sikh family and the communities they lived in and supported in both Canada and India. Kapoor Singh Siddoo arrived in British Columbia in 1912 and overcame racial prejudice and legal discrimination to transform himself from laborer to lumber baron. He and his wife, Besant Kaur, fostered in their daughters a vision of service and activism that they fulfilled by establishing a hospital in Punjab and introducing an Indian spiritual tradition to their new home in Canada. Hugh Johnston tells their story with warmth and perceptiveness, while telling a larger tale about the trials and tribulations faced by immigrant communities in Canada.

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Johnston (history, Simon Fraser U.) presents a family history of a Sikh family that emigrated from India to Canada in 1912. He describes how the family found economic success in Canada in the lumber industry and situates their story within the broader context of Canadian immigrant history. Distributed in the US by the U. of Washington Press and in Canada by the U. of Toronto Press. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Vancouver ; Toronto : UBC Press, c2011
Description: xviii, 305 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780774822169
Branch Call Number: 305.8914 Joh


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