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Sikhs in Shanghai
History of Indians in Shanghai

Stray Birds on the Huangpu: A History of Indians in Old Shanghai

The image of the turbanned Sikh policeman, hong tou ah-san to generations of Chinese, remains the popular image of Indians in old Shanghai. But the reality that editors Mishi Saran and Dr. Zhang Ke unveil in their new bilingual anthology, Stray Birds on the Huangpu: A History of Indians in Shanghai (Shanghai People’s Fine ...

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Sikhs in Shanghai

The Sikh policeman was ubiquitous in old Shanghai - we see him in photographs of old Shanghai street scenes, depicted in cartoons, and we hear about him from old Shanghainese and Shanghailanders, who remember their parents threatening them with "hong tou Ah-San" if they misbehaved. But who was he? Where did he live? What he ...