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“You don’t learn about South Asian American history in school or college.

Lot of SAADA’s work thus is in ensuring that South Asian American voices are being represented in the American historical narrative.

Over the last 12 years, the Philadelphia-based non-profit organisation has collected nearly 4,000 items of South Asian American history, all digitally archived and made accessible to the public.

Among the first such initiatives was the ‘First Days Project’ which shared stories of over 500 South Asian immigrants of their very first experiences in the United States.

While the universality of this pandemic is undeniable, the experiences of the South Asian community are also unique in certain ways.

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