Why is it important for the Sikh American community to read stories by and about Sikh American women? As Sikhs we believe in the faith-given right of Sikh women as equal stakeholders in all areas of life including paanthic conversations and decision-making. Sikh women’s perspectives matter. Their visions matter. And how they value themselves and are valued by the greater community deeply matters. The Sikh Love Stories Project has re-claimed the traditional “love story” that has been re-packaged as a commodity in contemporary culture to better reflect the diversity and complexity of the Sikh American narrative when it comes to love. Through the lens of the Sikh faith and in an exploration of what it means “to love and be loved,” Sikh American woman share their personal and intimate lives in contemporary American culture. Around the world, “love” has become a billion dollar industry – from the way we should look to be deserving of “love”, to music, and lifestyle for the “rich and loved”, within this context, it is important to claim Sikh love stories as distinct, driven by a specific set of motivations, and having purpose in the world. In our presentation, we will discuss the journey of the project through its inception, the challenges, the victories, and the momentum that is building for this incredible community project. We hope the story collection starts a critical and expansive dialogue on love for Sikhs as a state of mind, the way we live, our life purpose, and what the Guru’s intended. The time is now for Sikh American women and Her Name Is Kaur: Sikh American Women Write About Love, Courage, and Faith (published in April 2014 by She Writes Press) is one way to start these critical conversations.
Free and open to the public.