Episode 1: White Canada Forever?

Welcome to The Nameless Collective Podcast, hosted by Naveen Girn, Milan Singh & Paneet Singh – a trio of historians and storytellers fascinated with South Asian and Canadian History.

Teja Singh South Asian History Vancouver

Sant Teja Singh. Photo by Bain News Service, now located at Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. From http://saada.org.

In the first episode, we set the context for early South Asian migration to Vancouver, Canada. The “White Canada Forever” movement, race riots, Sant Teja Singh, and Chiquita bananas make an appearance.

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Photographs Referenced in This Episode:

South Asian History Vancouver

“Hindoo Religious Procession Vancouver,” 1905. Vancouver Public Library Archives.

Race riot. Vancouver Public Library Archive.

South Asian History Vancouver Sant Teja Singh

Guru Nanak Mining & Trust Company certificate, November 15, 1909. From http://komagatamarujourney.ca.

Episode References:

Mary Alpuche from the Belize Archives & Records Service.

Johnston, H. J. (2014). The voyage of the Komagata Maru: The Sikh challenge to Canada’s colour bar. UBC Press.

Kazimi, A. (2011). Undesirables: White Canada and the Komagata Maru: An Illustrated History. Douglas & McIntyre.

Ward, W. P. (2002). White Canada forever: Popular attitudes and public policy toward Orientals in British Columbia. McGill-Queen’s Press-MQUP.

Hansard Index: Parliament of Canada/Parlement du Canada


The Nameless Collective Podcast is recorded in Vancouver, Canada, and produced by Manjot Bains & Jugni Style, with sound engineering by Devinder Singh. The soundtrack to our podcast is from WiseChild‘s “A Melodic Shade of Blu ft. Keerat Kaur.”