Indian presence in quasi-colonial Shanghai with particular reference to Sikhs. (1860s-1960s) Follow us on Twitter @SikhsinShanghai
Indians came as indentured labor, largely as policemen, under the British rule to China. Others were businesses and traders especially from the Parsee community. This page hopes to preserve their memory by documenting photos, facts, newspaper clippings and more in order to connect the dots and explore further and further to locate pieces of information that is sure to exist somewhere. It is important to highlight that the Sikhs added color to the Shanghai landscape with their flame red turbans and soldierly appearance. The Parsees ran successful businesses though mainly opium based ones. Then there were doctors, wives, children who shared space yet hardly anything is known about them. Sikhs in Shanghai hopes to find names and match it with pictures, letters, certificates to prove that the Sikhs, Parsees indeed were a very important part of tumultuous Shanghai city.