Magazine of the South Asian American Digital Archive

A Shy Kiss

Himanee Gupta-Carlson explores the story behind this photograph of her parents and of the lost blue vinyl suitcase, a suitcase that has stayed with her family from India to Iowa, for over 60 years.

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The Lost Sword Swallower

Who was Sena Sama? The mystery of a nineteenth century portrait of an Indian sword swallower at a Virginian museum.

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The False Authority of Dalit History

Many don’t want to believe these oral histories or stories passed down generationally, which begs the question — who exactly has the authority over what history is right and what isn’t?

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Suddenly Someone Else Sees You

Mustafa Saif shares meaningful excerpts from oral histories tracing the lives of queer and trans South Asians.

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