P1090641Stories gathered in playwright Henry Ong’s oral history grant workshop will be presented on Sunday, February 3 in North Hollywood Gurdwara

Los Angeles, CA—(January 24, 2013)  Sikh American Stories—community, family and personal memories and narratives—will be presented in the Sikh Gurdwara of Los Angeles, North Hollywood, 7640 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood on February 3 at 1:30p.m.  These stories were developed and collected in a three-month long oral history workshop conducted by playwright Henry Ong.  The presentation is free and open to the public.

The workshop and the presentation are made possible, in part, by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.  Participants of the workshops include Ajinder Pall Singh, Amrik Singh, Charan Singh Thiara, Gurcharan Bans, Hargobind Singh, Harkirat and Simran Singh, Kanwaljit Singh, Mohan Singh, Mohinder Singh Gill, Prabha and Rajinder Sukhija.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the Sikh Gurdwara of Los Angeles, North Hollywood.

“The members of the Sikh Gurdwara of Lankershim, North Hollywood, especially its senior members, are grateful for the time and ardor with which Henry Ong, the playwright, gathered their stories and expression of their feelings,” says Kanwaljit Singh, Principal of the Gurmat Gian School. “Henry’s efforts allowed the community to reaffirm its faith, while sharing the diversity of the Sikh American story with others.”

Henry Ong, an internationally-produced Los Angeles-based playwright is a fifteenth-time DCA grants recipient playwright.  He has conducted oral history projects in the Filipino, Chinese, Korean and blind communities.  His play Sweet Karma, will be produced by Grove Theater Center in the Spring.  Other plays include Fabric, Madame Mao’s Memories, People Like Me, and Rachel Ray.  Additional information on Ong can be obtained from his Web site (

“These oral history projects are as much about my exploration of the various communities in which I live, as they are for the participants to express themselves and tell their stories,” said Ong.

Attendees are advised to wear comfortable shoes and to observe the rules of the temple.  Vegan food will be served after the presentation.  For more information or to RSVP, please contact Lorely Trinidad 323 696 0416 or e-mail or visit

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