Sikhs feel mostly comfortable in Fremont, despite hearing 'you don't belong here'

 
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Men pray at the Fremont Sikh gurdwara.

 
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Members of the Fremont Sikh gurdwara.

 
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A woman enters the prayer hall at the Fremont Sikh gurdwara.

 
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A priest holds a kirpan, or sword, a Sikh article of faith at the Fremont gurdwara.

 
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The Fremont gurdwara has an estimated 14,000 members.

On many levels, Fremont is home away from home for many Sikhs living in America.

They are free to play in the park. Free to worship in their gurdwara. Free to wear their articles of faith – the kara, the kirpan and the turban.

“I feel great,” said Jagdev Sinh, a Realtor living in Fremont. “This is a great country. There are a lot of opportunities. I met some nice people working here in the Bay Area. People working on real brotherhood.”

Yet, because of his visible turban, there are those – and even more so recently – who haven’t been so kind. The bigotry is often portrayed in subtle ways, he said.

“Sometimes you feel that you are somewhere else,” Singh said. “You don't belong here.”

 
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Men pray at the Fremont Sikh gurdwara.

 
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Members of the Fremont Sikh gurdwara.

 
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A woman enters the prayer hall at the Fremont Sikh gurdwara.

 
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A priest holds a kirpan, or sword, a Sikh article of faith at the Fremont gurdwara.

 
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The Fremont gurdwara has an estimated 14,000 members.

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