Cartoonist’s Works Featured in Exhibit on Sikhs in the Pacific Northwest

February 19, 2006

Source: The Seattle Times

On February 19, 2006 The Seattle Times reported, "The cartoons of the Olympic snowboarder, New York City policeman or baseball player wouldn't get a second glance, except for the turbans. The artist behind the cartoons, Vishavjit Singh, says there's a dearth of positive media images of Sikhs (pronounced 'siks'), who wear turbans as an article of the Sikh faith, the world's fifth-largest religion. Singh makes a living as a software developer in White Plains, N.Y. but lives to make political cartoons that capture the frustration, heartache and aspirations of Sikhs in the United States and abroad. About 20,000 Sikhs reside in the Seattle area today, and their presence here dates to the late 1800s, when railroads and lumber mills needed laborers. Saturday, local Sikh families heard from Singh at Seattle's Wing Luke Asian Museum, which includes his cartoons in a special exhibit, 'The Sikh Community: Over 100 Years in the Pacific Northwest,' which runs through April 16. His cartoons can also be viewed online at"