Land of Opportunity

Punjabi immigrants found prosperity, and a new home, in the quiet town of Yuba City

Back Photo gallery Jul 11, 2017 By Sena Christian

Punjabis first emigrated from India to California at the turn of the 20th century, and soon carved out a prominent role in the economy, culture and identity of Yuba City. They overcame discriminatory laws that prevented immigration, citizenship and land ownership — and have flourished. Most Punjabis in the Yuba City area practice Sikhism, a religion with values that resemble those in the U.S. Constitution. An estimated 15,000 Sikhs now live in the Yuba-Sutter area.

To read more, see the July feature “American Dreams.” 

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