My name is Saadia Khan. I am a social entrepreneur and the founder and host of Immigrantly. Immigrantly is a weekly podcast that deconstructs the archaic stereotypes of what it means to be an immigrant, a child of immigrants, a person of color, and everything in between. Each episode brings a fresh perspective on the issues we address. Our conversations are complex, challenging, and often messy. But I wouldn’t trade the messiness for anything, because what we have created instead is a new, ongoing dialogue full of rich nuances.
Immigrant Laborers: What They Don't Teach You in School
Today on Immigrantly, in collaboration with Julia Wang & Kathy Lu from Immigrant History Initiative & Catherine Ceniza Choy, a Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, we unveil immigrant laborers' narratives in the U.S, from the Chinese laborers who built the Transcontinental Railroad to the Mexican migrant workers employed by the Bracero program to the thousands of Filipino nurses serving as frontline workers.
Let's Talk about Thanksgiving
n collaboration with activist Naelyn Pike (San Carlos Apache Tribe), a spokesperson for Apache Stronghold, an organization that fights to protect Indigenous land, Immigrantly breaks down the truth behind the glorified “Thanksgiving Day” story. We talk about the real history behind this story, along with the themes that play out in the present-day struggle for Indigenous sovereignty.
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Journalistic Integrity in the Age of Sensationalism
Laila Al-Arian is a journalist and the Executive Producer of AJ Fault Lines, a Peabody and Emmy award-winning documentary series covering the US and its role around the world. The conversation mainly focuses on the controversy surrounding the NYTimes Podcast "Caliphate" and how journalists in the US present one-dimensional narratives about marginalized communities esp Muslims.
The Refugee Crisis: We Have To Do More
Krish O Mara has spent decades in public service, including being a clerk for Chief Judge Michael Boudin, advisor for Secretaries of State Clinton and Kerry, & Michelle Obama as the First Lady’s policy director. Her work has largely focused on public and foreign affairs concerning immigration and refugees. That has carried over to her current role as the President and CEO of the Lutheran Immigrant Refugee Services. She is the first non-Lutheran and second refugee to lead this organization.
A Life of Honesty: Being South Asian and Gay
Vaibhav is a dental surgeon and public health researcher who grew up in Delhi, India. He currently works as an independent consultant on global health issues & language access for Asian American minorities, primarily working with U.S. Census Bureau and nonpartisan organizations that mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) electoral and civic participation. Vaibhav is an openly gay and a vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and visibility within the South Asian and larger AAPI community.
Susanna Barkataki is a renowned yoga speaker, teacher, and therapist. Her mission is to explore and integrate yogic values into our every day and build awareness, equity, and diversity within the yoga community. Susanna Barkataki is the Director of Education for Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute and the creator of the Honor (Don't Appropriate) Yoga Summit.
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Learning from lived experiences
Immigrantly provides a deep dive into issues not commonly discussed in our society. These stories provide a counter narrative to what we often hear shared by mainstream media. If you live in an area where you don’t get to see the vastness of the immigrant experience or have the opportunity to learn about the issues that are most important to immigrant communities, then this podcast is an excellent resource to expand your understanding and knowledge about communities outside of your own.
Immigrantly is the podcast we all need in our lives! It is informative, insightful, and mind-opening. I learn more from each episode and guest.
Give this podcast a try, you won’t regret it!
Even though I’m not typically big on podcasts, Immigrantly is always an easy choice. Between its creativity, the depth they explore each topic and the guests they manage to bring on, I highly recommend this podcast to anyone! It’s so informative and such a fun listen!