Magazine of the South Asian American Digital Archive

The South Asian Americans Remembering Individuals (SAARI) Project

Archival Creators Fellow, Nikhil Patil, describes memorials as physical manifestations of collective historical memory, but every memorial begs the questions: what exactly are we remembering, and who gets to decide? Read as Nikhil delves into the omission of South Asian Americans from the historical narrative of the HIV epidemic, and how he plans to use his fellowship to change the historical record.

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A Hunger for Fresh Food, a Taste of Chutney, and Freedom

Archival Creators Fellow Savannah Kumar recounts the dehumanizing treatment of incarcerated people as they are deprived of nutritionally and culturally appropriate food by the carceral system.

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Tongue Tied

In this essay on the complexity of claiming and losing language, Archival Creators Fellow Omme-Salma Rahemtullah discusses the historical origins of her family language, Kutchi, and its enduring legacy through years of migration and settlement across continents.

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Have Passport, But No Country

2020-2021 Archival Creators Fellow, Efadul Huq delves into oral histories of Bangladeshi queer migrants and their portrayal of queer existence. Read now as he and the interviewees push against the dominant narrative that migration to the U.S. is synonymous with freedom.

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