“China is Far, Far Way”: Nineteenth-Century Indian Convict Tales From Singapore

“China is Far, Far Way": Nineteenth-Century Indian Convict Tales From Singapore

Anand Yang - Professor of International Studies and History, University of Washington

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Room 203, Henry R. Luce Hall See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 6511

This paper dwells on the exile experience of the Sikh rebel Nihal Singh (aka Bhai Maharaj Singh) and of his disciple Kharak Singh, in Singapore in the mid-nineteenth century. It tracks their story from Punjab to Calcutta to Singapore to highlight the lived experiences of political prisoners, especially in relation to those of the transmarine convicts who lived alongside of them in very different circumstances in the outposts of the British Empire in Southeast Asia.

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Sponsored by the South Asian Studies Council and the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University
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