Jewels of the Qila
The Remarkable Story of an Indo-Canadian Family
Hugh J. M. Johnston
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- Published: July 2012
- Subject Listing: Canadian History, Ethnic Studies
- Bibliographic information: 336 pp., 50 illus., 5 maps, 6 x 9 in.
- Territorial rights: U.S. rights only
- Distributed for: UBC Press
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.
Hugh J.M. Johnston is a historian affiliated with Simon Fraser University. He is the author of two previous books on Punjabis in Canada, The Voyage of the Komagata Maru and The Four Quarters of the Night: The Life Journey of an Emigrant Sikh.