“Wham! Bam! Pow! Cartoons, Turbans & Confronting Hate” on display from May 4, 2018 – February 24, 2019 at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, WA
“New York based cartoonist Vishavjit Singh wields art and humor to fight intolerance and challenge stereotypes. He began drawing cartoons in 2001, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks: as a Sikh American with a turban and beard, he had become the target of a toxic mix of fear, anxiety and ignorance. Vishavjit set out to challenge the label of the ‘other’ placed upon him (and many others of Sikh, South Asian, Muslim, and/or Middle Eastern extraction) by illustrating stories capturing the joys and predicaments of Sikh American life. His simple imagery and gentle humor often come with an edge that pierces stereotypes, prompts self-reflection, and promotes action.
In 2012, horrified by the deadly attack on a Sikh Gurudwara (house of worship) in Wisconsin, Vishavjit decided the world needed a superhero who fights bigotry and hate in our midst. Wham! Bam! Pow! follows Vishavjit’s journey as he explores America's inspiring, contradictory values and discovers the heroic power of compassion.Vishavjit Singh uses.”
During the Preview Reception the audience had the opportunity to meet the Sikh Captain and Cartoonist Vishavjit Singh. He was welcomed by Jasmit Singh who started with the Sikh prayer. Senator Manka Dhingra also spoke during the occasion. “Vishavjit Singh combats hate through dialog and humor. Art and humor have long been used to spark a dialog and are essential part of the society. Sikh Captain Vishavjit Singh truly reflects who we are as Americans.” She remembered that when she thought about running for Senate her husband asked if he should be with her for campaign pictures because he wears a turban. “Wearing a turban can be hard. It can also be a challenging at times. But it is something of pride and relection of our values.”
Vishavjit Singh has truly been a “Sikh Captain” who has even faced the resentment from the community. At the Wing Luke his creativity shines through every corner. His personal touch even reflects on the restroom door that reads “Piss off your fears.” And, during the opening reception he was posing with children and adults.
Jasmit Singh said Sikhs have done a poor job of preserving their history. Wing Luke Museum has even archieved the Sikh history files.
“India USA Magazine” had brought to you the coverage for the “Sikh Community –Over 100 years in the Pacific Northwest” which was featured in 2005. Today we bring to you the “Wham! Bam! Pow! Cartoons, Turbans & Confronting Hate” at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle. Please make sure to watch all the slides. They are close to 20.