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Cao Yin — From Policemen to Revolutionaries: A Sikh Diaspora in Global Shanghai, 1885-1945
December 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Speaker: Cao Yin, Tsinghua University
This talk will uncover the less-known story of Sikh emigrants in Shanghai in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It argues that the cross-border circulation of personnel and knowledge across the British colonial and the Sikh diasporic networks, facilitated the formation of the Sikh community in Shanghai, eventually making this Chinese city one of the overseas hubs of the Indian nationalist struggle. By adopting a translocal approach, this study elaborates on how the flow of Sikh emigrants, largely regarded as subalterns, initially strengthened but eventually unhinged British colonial rule in East and Southeast Asia.
Cao Yin is Associate Professor at the department of history, Tsinghua University. His research interest mainly covers modern India, the British Empire, and the Sino-Indian connections in the twentieth century. His is the author of From Policemen to Revolutionaries: A Sikh Diaspora in Global Shanghai 1885-1945 (Leiden: Brill, 2017). He is currently working on a book manuscript about how India became a chaotic home front for China during the second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945).