Cable Program Promotes Knowledge About Sikhism

January 19, 2006

Source: Contra Costa Times

On January 19, 2006 the Contra Costa Times reported, "Sikhs, visible yet often unfamiliar constituents of Contra Costa County's multi-ethnic soup, are the subject of a 40-minute program on Richmond cable TV [KCRT-TV]. 'Sikhs in America' looks at the culture of a people more than 20 million strong worldwide, including at least 200,000 in the United States, almost half in California, according to the World Sikh Council. About 8,000 Sikhs live in Contra Costa County, including 3,000 to 4,000 in West Contra Costa, J.P. Singh, co-founder of the El Sobrante Sikh temple, estimated a year ago. The Lohgarh Sikh Educational Foundation, however, estimates the number of Sikhs in the United States at 500,000. The group produced 'The Sikh Next Door,' one of two videos in the KCRT program. The other is 'Punjabi Cab' by Liam Dalzell, distributed by the Center for Asian American Media... 'Sikhs in America' is just one step toward 'building a better partnership with the Sikh community,' said [Richmond police Lt. Mark Gagan], whom KCRT officials credit with getting the program aired."