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Monday, October 24, 2005

Sikh Exhibit Opens in Seattle Museum

The Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle Washington opened an exhibit entitled, "Sikh Community: Over 100 Years in the Pacific Northwest," which explores the presence and contribution of Sikhs to the region, and also provides information on the fundamental basics of the religion itself.

The idea for the exhibit developed after Sikhs in the area began experiencing harassment after 9/11. According to the Seattle Times:

In the days following Sept. 11, 2001, Parminder Singh remembers how somebody yelled "Go home!" to him at a gas station, and that security guards at an airport asked him to remove his turban — something deeply offensive to his Sikh faith.

A Sikh motel owner in SeaTac was beaten with a metal cane. There were reports of Sikh cabdrivers being attacked and yelled at, of Sikh schoolchildren harassed for wearing turbans.
In response, Sikhs and others partnered to create this exhibit. The article notes the exhibit it important "not only to prevent discrimination and harassment, but also because the number of Sikhs here is growing rapidly."

For more information on the exhibit, including location and times, please click here.

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