Sikh Trucking

“The North American Punjabi Trucking Association (NAPTA) estimates that Sikhs control about 40% of trucking in California” (The Economist). While unofficial, this statistic is staggering and upends the stereotypes of truckers that certainly do not include turban-wearing Sikhs.

Spending a day at a trucking yard in Bakersfield, California, I spoke to and photographed the Sikh truck drivers coming and going throughout the day. I hope to turn this idea into a long-term project showcasing an immigrant community that has become an integral part of a quintessential American industry.