SAADA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Philadelphia, PA.

SAADA creates a more inclusive society by giving voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent their unique and diverse experiences.

We envision American and world histories that fully acknowledge the importance of immigrants and ethnic communities in the past, strengthen such communities in the present, and inspire discussion about their role in the future.

• We believe South Asian American history is an integral part of American and world histories.

• We believe in a broad conception of South Asian America, centered on those in the U.S. who trace their heritage to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Maldives, and the many South Asian diaspora communities across the globe.

• We believe that diversity is a strength. We strive to build archival collections that reflect the vast diversity of South Asian Americans on the basis of national, religious, regional, caste, socio-economic, gender, sexual orientation and cultural identity.

• We believe that immigrants are central to the story of America’s past, present, and future.

• We believe that individuals make history, that ordinary people make extraordinary contributions to society, and that everyday stories matter.

• We believe that history is not a spectator sport.

• We believe communities can use history as a tool for empowerment.

• We believe in the possibility of technology to encourage participation in archival collecting.

• We believe that strong archives are vital to community wellbeing and that archives can be dynamic spaces for dialogue and debate. There is no dust in SAADA!