The Nameless Podcast digs deeper into South Asian and Canadian History


Sant Teja Singh. Photo: Bain News Service,

Last week we posted a story by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation about a talk entitled Perspectives on South Asian History. Interested, but (unfortunately) unable to attend, I harnessed the power of Google to learn more about the talk, its subjects and its hosts, which led me The Nameless Podcast.

Hosted by a trio of historians and storytellers, The Nameless Podcast explores the complicated realities of South Asian and Canadian History. Declassified government documents, intercultural love and revolutionary newspapers are just a few of the topics discussed.

Hindoo Religious Procession Vancouver, 1905. Photo: Vancouver Public Library Archives.

Hosted by a self-described trio of historians and storytellers (Naveen Girn, Milan Singh and Paneet Singh), The Nameless Podcast digs into South Asian history and the largely problematic relationship Canada has had with South Asian communities.

Episode one explores South Asian migration to Vancouver, Canada; the “White Canada Forever” movement, race riots and Sant Teja Singh, while episode two explores the lives of the few South Asian women allowed into Vancouver prior to 1920. According to the podcast, there were only 14 South Asian women in Vancouver from 1905 – 1920!

SS Komagata Maru, 1914. Photo: Leonard Frank/Vancouver Public Library.

The podcast is hosted on South Asian lifestyle magazine website, Jugni Style. Currently there are only eight episodes available, but I’ve got my fingers crossed in hopes for more.

You can learn more about the podcast, or stream each episode HERE.

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