Magazine of the South Asian American Digital Archive

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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Notes Toward a Prehistory

Caught between binaries, barred by anti-Asian exclusion laws, did some West Indians of Indian origin claim Blackness in early 20th-century America? Archival Creators Fellow, Gaiutra Bahadur finds cases in the archives that invite the question.

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