Punjabi Americans Impact California

Punjabis were among the first immigrants from the Indian subcontinent to come to California. They settled in farming regions, including the Yuba-Sutter area. With hard work and determination, they built a strong community that preserves the traditions of their homeland while becoming an important part of the state. A look at their faith, traditions, and experiences settling in a new land are key to understanding the role Punjabi Americans play in the cultural fabric of California today.

Stockton Sikh Temple built in 1912 and remodeled in 1929 (this was the first place of worship built by the Sikhs and the first property owned by South Asians)