Our Stories: 11 chapters, 70+ stories

OCTOBER 22, 2015

Our Stories: An Introduction to South Asian America is a first-of-its-kind project to bring South Asian American stories to life in a book intended for a younger and broader audience. More than 500 digital and print editions of the book were pre-ordered through our Kickstarter campaign and once the book is published in mid-2016, we will be working to ensure that Our Stories is in as many schools, libraries, and homes across the country as possible.

Our Stories will use stories, images, and personal narratives to introduce readers to the richness and diversity of South Asian American experiences. The 11 chapters in Our Stories will each focus on a time period or theme, drawing on historical and contemporary examples to explore various aspects of the South Asian American community. The book will be written by scholars of South Asian American studies in collaboration with artists, activists, and practitioners.

We are delighted to announce the 11 chapters in Our Stories and their editors:

Chapter 1: Early South Asian American History (pre-1923)
Dr. Seema Sohi

Chapter 2: Forging Lives in Uncertain Times (1923-1965)
Kritika Agarwal

Chapter 3: Immigration after the Civil Rights Movement (1965-onwards)
Dr. Fariha Khan

Chapter 4: Post-9/11
Dr. Rajini Srikanth

Chapter 5: Identity & Equality
Radha Modi

Chapter 6: Faith & Religion
Dr. Khyati Joshi & Dr. Bandana Purkayastha

Chapter 7: Civic Engagement
Dr. Monisha Das Gupta

Chapter 8: Arts
Dr. Nilanjana Bhattacharjya

Chapter 9: Popular Culture
Dr. Shilpa Davé

Chapter 10: Family
Dr. Amy Bhatt & Dr. Amber Abbas

Chapter 11: Work, Labor, and Entrepreneurship
Dr. Pawan Dhingra

Each chapter in Our Stories will contain a brief introduction and 5-7 "snapshots" -- 600-800 word stories written by contributors that introduce readers to key individuals, groups, ideas, or events related to the chapter's theme.

Stay tuned to future updates for more information about the book and more sample stories!