The North American Punjabi Trucking Association (NAPTA) estimates that the Sikh community accounts for forty percent of the trucking industry in California. While unofficial, this estimate is staggering and upends stereotypes of truckers that certainly do not include turban-wearing Sikhs.
As a whole, the American trucking industry is desperate for drivers as consumer demand from online retail has quickly outpaced American appetites for driving 18-wheelers. I plan on turning this preliminary work into a long-term project documenting how the Sikh community in California and beyond has propped up this quintessentially American industry. The story will bring up larger issues of immigration, employment, and growing white nationalism as it focuses on this underrepresented subculture.