Our Stories
An Introduction to South Asian America

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South Asian American stories are not taught in classrooms, found in textbooks, or reflected in popular media. We can change that.

For the last thirteen years, SAADA has worked to document, preserve, and share stories from the South Asian American community.

Now, for the first time, South Asian American stories can be on bookshelves in homes, schools, and libraries across the country.

With stories spanning from the 1780s to the present day and bringing together the voices of sixty-four authors, Our Stories: An Introduction to South Asian America demonstrates the diversity, vibrancy, and power of the South Asian American community.

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Where are Our Stories?
It is our goal to have Our Stories in homes, schools, and libraries all across the country! The map below shows you our progress toward that goal. See how many copies of Our Stories are in your city, find a local school or library with Our Stories in their collection, or search for your school, college, or public library and send them a copy!

Top 10 cities & states
Let's get competitive 💪🏽 for a good cause. Check out our leaderboard of the cities and states with the most Our Stories books and make sure your location is represented… or that it keeps its spot in the list.

Top 10 Cities with Our Stories:
#1. Austin, TX (181)
#2. Brooklyn, NY (39)
#3. Chicago, IL (39)
#4. Philadelphia, PA (37)
#5. Los Angeles, CA (34)
#6. New York, NY (32)
#7. Washington, DC (24)
#8. San Francisco, CA (22)
#9. Durham, NC (18)
#10. Oakland, CA (18)
Top 10 States with Our Stories:
#1. Texas (230)
#2. California (197)
#3. New York (168)
#4. Illinois (73)
#5. Pennsylvania (66)
#6. New Jersey (62)
#7. Massachusetts (43)
#8. Washington (39)
#9. Georgia (35)
#10. Virginia (34)
News & Updates
Our Stories Launch Day! 🚀
After thirteen years of sharing South Asian American stories digitally, on August 17, 2021, we will be launching a new era in fulfilling SAADA’s mission! By the end of launch week, we want to have Our Stories on its way to at least 1,000 homes, schools, and libraries across the country. Become an Our Stories influencer to help us reach this ambitious goal! Sign up now.

Share your photos of Our Stories "in the wild" 🦁
We'd love to see photos of Our Stories in your home or your local school or library! Use hashtag #OurStories to share them with us on social media (don't forget to tag us) or submit them to us here!

The Our Stories book club is coming soon! 📖
What could be better than reading Our Stories with hundreds of other community members across the country? Stay tuned for an announcement about the Our Stories book club, launching in November 2021. We'll discuss one chapter each month along with the chapter authors! Sign up for our email list to keep in touch!
Our Stories in the wild
Nothing makes us happier than seeing Our Stories out in the world with you! Please submit a photo of yourself with the book and let us know Our Stories is meaningful to you personally!