209 episodes

Welcome to Immigrantly: a boundary-pushing, border-crossing podcast that gives diverse voices and stories home. Drawing on her own experiences as a rights activist and a first-generation Asian immigrant, creator & host, Saadia Khan tackles the big questions on race, identity & the immigrant experience while challenging mainstream narratives in today's divided America. Covering everything from love and dating to food and faith, each weekly episode explores a theme with inspiring guests such as Grammy-winning singer Arooj Aftab; bestselling author of 'The Kite Runner,' Khaled Hosseini; and comedians Hari Kondabolu and Aparna Nancherla. It's a true celebration of what makes us unique –
and a timely reminder of all that unites us. If you'd like to be part of this fun, thoughtful and inclusive community, all you need to do is subscribe!

Executive Producer & Host: Saadia Khan
Sound Design & Content Editor: Haziq Ahmad Farid
Media Coordinator: Kayla Lupoli
Content Writers: Yudi Liu, Michaela Strauther & Saadia Khan
Music: Evan Ray Suzuki/Epidemic Sounds

Immigrantly Saadia Khan, First-generation Asian American Activist, Social Entrepreneur & Storyteller

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 142 Ratings

Welcome to Immigrantly: a boundary-pushing, border-crossing podcast that gives diverse voices and stories home. Drawing on her own experiences as a rights activist and a first-generation Asian immigrant, creator & host, Saadia Khan tackles the big questions on race, identity & the immigrant experience while challenging mainstream narratives in today's divided America. Covering everything from love and dating to food and faith, each weekly episode explores a theme with inspiring guests such as Grammy-winning singer Arooj Aftab; bestselling author of 'The Kite Runner,' Khaled Hosseini; and comedians Hari Kondabolu and Aparna Nancherla. It's a true celebration of what makes us unique –
and a timely reminder of all that unites us. If you'd like to be part of this fun, thoughtful and inclusive community, all you need to do is subscribe!

Executive Producer & Host: Saadia Khan
Sound Design & Content Editor: Haziq Ahmad Farid
Media Coordinator: Kayla Lupoli
Content Writers: Yudi Liu, Michaela Strauther & Saadia Khan
Music: Evan Ray Suzuki/Epidemic Sounds

    Hip Hop Into Your Raw Self

    Hip Hop Into Your Raw Self

    Music has been an integral part of my life; from classical and popular music to rock, you will find an entire gamut on my Spotify playlist. Whenever I feel sad or happy, worried or excited, I put on my favorite track to either calm myself down or lift myself. I don’t know about you, but music has this innate quality that allows people to get in touch with their inner and complicated emotions. It's as if various musical scores are synthesizing the hard-to-articulate thoughts into bite-sized, easily digestible nuggets.   Given my music appreciation, one might think that I listen to or at least know more about hip-hop, mainly due to the global influence of hip-hop culture on music styles, fashion, technology, art, entertainment, language, dance, education, politics, media, and more, but unfortunately, I don’t know much. To satiate my thirst for learning, talk about hip-hop, and discuss food and music in general, we have Zainab Hasnain, a DJ, music producer, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York, who previously worked at Spotify. Born in Pakistan and raised in the states, she plays weekly gigs and headlines shows, including recently DJing for actor Riz Ahmed in Brooklyn. She also writes for many music journals and magazines, interviewing up-and-coming artists in NYC’s hip-hop scene and new artists from around the country. She’s been DJing under the moniker ZEEMUFFIN for over ten years. Join the conversation: Instagram @immigrantlypod | Twitter @immigrantly_pod |  Please share the love and leave us a review to help more people find us! Host & Executive Producer: Saadia Khan I Content Writer: Saadia Khan & Ziya Jaffrey I Editorial Review: Yudi Liu  I Sound Designer & Editor: Haziq Ahmad Farid I Immigrantly Theme Music: Evan Ray Suzuki I Other Music: Epidemic Sounds    

    • 43 min
    Reporting the Human in All of Us

    Reporting the Human in All of Us

    How do we harness the power of authentic storytelling to recreate narratives about immigrants? I sat down with Liz Robbins, the director of journalism partnerships at "Define American," to discuss this and other pertinent questions. We also talked about a recent report she co-authored with Sarah E Lowe and Victoria Bouloubasis —“Reimagining Immigrant News: North Carolina’s Case for the Nation.” The information was the outcome of a year-long project in collaboration with the Media Ecosystems Analysis Group and the University of Florida’s Center for Public Interest Communications. The research focused on evaluating the role of news outlets in producing accurate, nuanced portrayals of immigrants and how the stories about immigrants impact public attitudes. In the interview, Liz and I discuss in depth the results of the report, the surprises and learnings, and where we go from here.    Join the conversation: Instagram @immigrantlypod | Twitter @immigrantly_pod |  Please share the love and leave us a review to help more people find us! Host & Producer: Saadia Khan I Content Writer: Yudi Liu & Saadia Khan I Editorial Review: Yudi Liu I Sound Designer & Editor: Haziq Ahmad Farid I Immigrantly Theme Music: Evan Ray Suzuki I Other Music: Epidemic Sounds  

    • 55 min
    Thanksgiving Special: The Not So Sweet History of Candied Yams

    Thanksgiving Special: The Not So Sweet History of Candied Yams

    Before turning off your phone for a Thanksgiving digital detox or because the turkey requires your undivided intention, spend a moment with the Immigrantly team and me. Today's episode is on the history of yams and their genetically unrelated, culturally conflated counterpart — sweet potatoes. I'm joined by our content writers, Michaela Strauther and Yudi Liu, as we reflect on the joys and quirks of this holiday while paying heed to the complex history that underlines its traditions, from the facts we tell about this day to the food we eat at the table. Everything is never as simple as it appears, which is very much the case with our society's confusion around yams and sweet potatoes. If it isn't clear already, they are not the same. How so? Listen to find out. After, I hope everyone leans into the things that bring them joy and gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Join the conversation: Instagram @immigrantlypod | Twitter @immigrantly_pod |  Please share the love and leave us a review to help more people find us! Host & Executive Producer: Saadia Khan I Content Writer: Yudi Liu, Michaela Strauther I Editorial Review: Yudi Liu  I Sound Designer & Editor: Haziq Ahmad Farid I Immigrantly Theme Music: Evan Ray Suzuki I Other Music: Epidemic Sounds  

    • 10 min
    What is Sexuality Anyways?

    What is Sexuality Anyways?

     Why is it that we stumble when we discuss sexuality? It should be a joyous topic rather than one fraught with shame, confusion, and invisibility. Even as we get more shows and movies attempting to tackle stigmas around sexuality and identity, non-white and immigrant communities are often left out of this representation. My today's guest, Dr. Varuna Srinivasan, a sexual health professional, and queer advocate, is switching up the narrative.   She is the founder of Tara Health Media, an online resource for sexual education that emphasizes intersectional and inclusive knowledge. She has also written articles for Parents, Well and Good, Inverse, The Lily, Allure, and Health, where she covers everything from her coming-out journey to anti-racism in sex education.   Join the conversation: Instagram @immigrantlypod | Twitter @immigrantly_pod |  Please share the love and leave us a review to help more people find us! Host & Producer: Saadia Khan I Content Writer: Michaela Strauther I Editorial Review: Yudi Liu I Sound Designer & Editor: Manni Simon I Immigrantly Theme Music: Evan Ray Suzuki I Other Music: Epidemic Sounds  

    • 40 min
    Election Special: Want to be an ally? Vote!

    Election Special: Want to be an ally? Vote!

    Today's episode addresses why voting is not just a right that individuals should exercise; it is also a democratic measure of collective accountability. I sit down with…myself and confront my fears and hopes this election season. While progress is never consistent nor linear, this episode examines how Trump's presidency and the subsequent shifts in the political climate have brought into view existential questions like what it means to be a citizen of this country and what is required to feel like one belongs. Left with more questions than answers, Immigrantly nevertheless wants to encourage everyone who can vote because civil liberties are on the line.  Join the conversation: Instagram @immigrantlypod | Twitter @immigrantly_pod |  Please share the love and leave us a review to help more people find us! Host & Executive Producer: Saadia Khan I Content Writer: Saadia Khan, Yudi Liu, Michaela Strauther I Editorial Review: Yudi Liu I Associate Producer: Kylee Roberts I Sound Designer & Editor: Manni Simon I Immigrantly Theme Music: Evan Ray Suzuki I Other Music: Epidemic Sounds

    • 13 min
    Living Unapologetically Intersectional (2021)

    Living Unapologetically Intersectional (2021)

    Hey Immigrantly family! As we are working hard to get you some excellent content in the coming days, I also recognize we have some new listeners. Therefore, I thought, why not share something incredible from the Immigrantly vault? And I couldn’t think of a better episode than my interview with Marla Louissaint. This interview was first published in August 2021, over a year ago. In the interview, you will also hear from our then-associate producer, Kylee Roberts, who no longer works with us but is dearly missed every day. The conversation focuses on religion, racial justice, family values, and much more! I hope you enjoy it. Join the conversation: Instagram @immigrantlypod | Twitter @immigrantly_pod |  Please share the love and leave us a review to help more people find us! Host & Executive Producer: Saadia Khan I Content Writer: Sarah Doh I Editorial Review: Yudi Liu I Associate Producer: Kylee Roberts I Sound Designer & Editor: Manni Simon & Breanna Steggell I Immigrantly Theme Music: Evan Ray Suzuki I Other Music: Epidemic Sounds

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

Past Guest ,

Such a great listening experience!

It was such a pleasure to work with Saadia. She’s an incredibly thorough researcher, asks amazing questions, and is just a delight on air. One of the best experiences I’ve had with a podcast, both as a listener and guest!

Verrro S. ,

Absolutely favorite podcast!

I am Mexican, I am a daughter of immigrant parents. 1st to graduate with from the university in my family. I was born in the US but I am “not for here or there”. At least this is how I’ve felt my whole life. Immigrantly, has helped little by little fill a gap. This podcast has helped me by little more proud and confident in who I am.

How has this podcast helped me? I was at a point a couple weeks ago where I was frustrated. I felt lost an didn’t know where to go to find like minded individuals.

Why was I frustrated because of the injustice between white and brown people. Because even after going to the university and gaining work experience during school I still wasn’t getting paid what I should with my degree. I still am not being valued is what this told me. I am tired of fighting for a place on the table, it has felt like my whole life I have been fighting a battle to feel accepted and valued. I am not an expert on the topic of pay gap. The with the little research that I did on pay gap. Was enough to infuriate me.

I started looking for ways to become informed, podcasts have always been for me the go to. I searched for podcasts that would be informative, supportive I also search for podcasts that talked about rights in America. It didn’t take long before I ran into the
Immigrantly podcast and I am so happy I did. It has really, an truly become my go to podcast. Everything that is talked is about relatable to me and I also learn so much!

Any chance I get I share podcast on my social media I do! because I believe everyone! Absolutely everyone it doesn’t matter your race, ethnicity, color, etc. Everyone should be listening to all of these valuable conversations.

Thank you so much for having such an awesome podcast!!! ♥️

han2010000 ,

Engaging, informative, and inspiring podcast

This podcast is one of my favorites because of its commitment to telling great stories and information from a multitude of immigrants. It demonstrates that there are so many types of immigrants and each have their unique experiences.

It’s also just incredibly fun to listen to! Saadia and the team are amazing and give it a listen ❤️

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