Saturday, March 29, 2008
Chinese Sedan Chair


We saw this interesting Chinese Sedan Chair and thought we will share with the sangat. Many parts of Chinese wedding is very close to Indian culture...Here's a quote from Freedman...

"When at last the girl is dispatched to the husband's house we see in action the most complex set of symbols and ritual prescriptions and proscriptions, a very few of which we may note. To reach the sedan chair that awaits her . . . , the bride must either be borne out of the house or walk upon the covered ground. Again, when she leaves the sedan chair at her destination her feet must not touch the bare earth -- between one house and the other she is, so to speak, in a state of suspense."
Freedman 1970, 183


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Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Chinese learn the Tenets of Sikhism in China-HKSAR
Guru Fateh Jee

Last sunday when I was doing sewa in sachand with Satuguru kirpa, I saw some chinese students visiting around the gurdwara, I knew they must be students and here is following article about their visit that I found from Manpreet Singh Veer site. You can visit HKSAR Gurudwara web site for more details. With Satguru kirpa, we have only 1 Gurudwara in HKSAR, all the sangat from different areas will come on Sunday for blessing & FYI..The new building sewa/project is flying high, Please feel free to show your generosity by making a donation. Fateh...U Singh & R Kaur

Chinese Learn the Tenets of Sikhism
Chinese students in Hong Kong visit gurdwara for a lesson in inclusion. It’s dinner time at the Khalsa Diwan Sikh temple in Hong Kong and, as always, the community kitchen serves anyone who turns up for langar.

Today, however, that open-door spirit of inclusion has been taken to extraordinary lengths, as an uncommon group of visitors have dropped in. Beneath towering portraits of bearded Sikh gurus and warriors on horses, row upon row of Chinese students, their heads covered with scarves, are seated on the floor, eating the roti, dal and sabji that Sikh kar sevaks serve them.
“Eating with my bare hands is an interesting enough learning experience,” says social worker Nancy Law, tucking into a slice of roti. “But I’m learning so much more.” A lesson in cultural diversity, for instance.

Nancy and 28 other students of Hong Kong University are at the gurdwara as part of a field visit connected with an elective programme on ‘Working with Ethnically Different Communities in Hong Kong’, offered by the Social Work Department at the university.
“The course seeks to inculcate in students an understanding of the ethnic minorities who live in their midst, and to get them to appreciate the ethnic minorities’ contribution to Hong Kong society and the diversity they bring,” says Dr James Joseph Keezhangate at the university’s Social Work Department.

“A good many of them came generations ago as merchants, soldiers, low-paid manual workers or professionals, and helped transform Hong Kong from a fishing village into an economic powerhouse, but not all migrants have benefited from this growth,” notes Keezhangatte. Worse, some of them have been pushed to the margins and have become “socially invisible.”
Field visits — such as the trip to the gurdwara — are intended as “icebreakers” to help social work students gain exposure to ethnic minorities and to their cultural traditions, and to open their eyes to the instruments of institutionalised racism that doubtless exist.For instance, during the visit, temple authorities introduced students — in fluent Cantonese! — to the tenets of Sikhism, the symbols associated with the religious practice and other aspects of the valorous faith.

Students also listened to some soulful kirtans, with live translation in English flashed on a giant screen! Lok Poon, a social worker who has enrolled with the Hong Kong University programme, believes that the course will help him in his work: as someone who works with ethnic minorities, including new arrivals, he’s learning a fair bit from this priceless interaction.
“Sat Sri Akal,” he greets the temple administrators and kitchen staff. They beam back at him in delight. Source:

Gurudwara main entrance photo:


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Saturday, March 08, 2008
Dhan Dhan SachKand Sri Harimandir Sahib Jee
With Satguru Kirpa, We had the opportunity to visit Dhan Dhan Sachkand Sir Harimandir Sahib Jee during Feb 08. We have many interesting photos. Will try to sort them out asap...
Please find few photos for the time being:


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