Author: Saadia Khan

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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.
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Shazia Sikander is a self-proclaimed citizen of the world. She is a world-renowned multidisciplinary artist whose career spans over three decades. Her work offers a more inclusive way that addresses geopolitical borders' arbitrariness & radically disrupts assumptions around national, political, & historical boundaries.    The episode is sponsored by Indiana University's Muslim Voices Project & Away Travel Producer & Host: Saadia Khan.  Content writer: Sarah Doh Editor: Tom Whelan  Follow us on Twitter @immigrantly_pod & IG @immigrantlypod
Tanvi Misra is a multimedia journalist primarily focused on immigration. Her work has been featured at The Fuller Project, Bloomberg CityLab, CQ Roll Call, The Atlantic, NPR, and BBC. We had the chance to dig deep into the narratives on migration within American political discourse and touch upon how immigrant communities make sense of their layered identity. Producer & Host: Saadia Khan. Content writer: Sarah Doh/Saadia Khan. Editor: Tom Whelan. Music: Evan Ray Suzuki You can follow us on Twitter @Immigrantly_pod & Instagram @immigrantlypod
Dating is complicated. But what role does identity play in it? We sat down with Andrew and Ayesha to hear their experiences navigating the dating scene while balancing racial perceptions and cultural/religious expectations. The conversation is humorous, engaging, and informative. Sit back, relax, and prepare to laugh. Producer & Host: Saadia Khan.  Content writer/Associate Producer/Co-host: Sarah Doh Editor: Tom Whelan
Sahaj Kohli is the brains and energy behind Brown Girl Therapy, a mental health platform that is the first and largest of its kind. What started as a passion project turned into a worldwide community for first and second-generation immigrants who seek a space to understand and affirm their emotional and mental experiences.  Producer & Host: Saadia Khan. Content writer: Yudi Liu/Saadia Khan Editor: Tom Whelan Music: Evan Ray Suzuki   You can follow us on Twitter @immigrantly_pod & IG @immigrantlypod
Nilo Tabrizy is a video journalist for the New York Times. Before that, she produced for Vice News and wrote for Al Jazeera. From an interview with Iran’s Foreign Minister on the Nuclear Deal to reporting on family separation at the border, Nilo lends ordinary faces to crucial voices. Nilo’s episodes mindfully expose stories. Although she covers politics and developments within the U.S, she applies a careful eye to lesser-known details with visual engagement outside the US borders. Producer & Host: Saadia Khan. Content writer: Yudi Liu/Saadia Khan. Editor: Tom Whelan. Music: Evan Ray Suzuki You can follow us on Twitter @Immigrantly_pod & on Instagram @immigrantlypod
Hyphenated Identity

Hyphenated Identity


Sabreet Kang Rajeev is the author of the bestselling memoir, She is a second-generation Indian American. Sabreet is also a full-time social science researcher and is currently completing her doctorate at the University of Baltimore. We spoke about the American dream myth, classism within the South Asian community & the erasure of the blue-collar working class immigrant identity.
Bandy X Lee is the President of the World Mental Health Coalition and a psychiatrist with Yale University. She has written Op-eds for outlets like the New York Times, the Independent, and Politico. Bandy's NYT Best Selling book "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump" describes the dangers that Donald Trump's mental health poses to the nation & individual well-being. We spoke about President Trump's pathology, racism as a mental health issue & violence within the prison system.
Wajahat Ali is a Pakistani American journalist, author, public speaker, parent & someone who chooses change over disillusionment; his socio-political commentary is every bit biting and hopeful. We spoke about his Muslim identity, the controversy surrounding his OpEd for The Atlantic, "A Muslim Among Israeli Settlers," & his idea of perception vs. reality.
Season 9 launches with our interview with two fantastic guests. Eithne Luibheid & Karma Chavez are the editors of "Queer and Trans Migration: Dynamics of illegalization, Detention, and Deportation," a thought-provoking collection of the personal narratives of queer and trans migrants as well as activists. The interview covers a vast array of issues, including the intersectionality of migration and sexuality, mental health & current heteronormative power structures.
Christmas Culture(s)

Christmas Culture(s)


Immigrantly does an anecdotal dive on Christmas from the perspective of the American immigrant. Sit down with us as we hear three different perspectives on this holiday that holds one of the prime seats as a staple of American culture. Thanks to Henry Ling, Milla Rebello, and Kelly Yzique for sharing their unique stories. Producer & Host Saadia Khan   Associate Producer & Content writer Sarah Doh   Editor Tom Whelan   Music Evan Ray Suzuki
Our today's guest is Moumita Ahmed. She is a movement organizer, community activist, civic leader, & a candidate for the New York City Council, District 24. Moumita’s campaign is built around ensuring that working families don’t have to make sacrifices to afford things like education, healthcare, and a home. We spoke about a host of issues, including climate change, the NY housing crisis, optimism in the midst of all the chaos, and why recycling may not be as effective as we think.
Our today's guests are Cristina Rodriguez and Adam Cox. Cristina is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice from 2011-2013. She’s also served as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Adam is the Robert A. Kindler Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, where he teaches and writes about immigration law, constitutional law, and democracy. He’s also served as the Karpatkin Civil Rights Fellow for the American Civil Liberties Union, where he was involved in racial profiling and public defender reform litigation. They’re the authors of “The President and Immigration Law,” which analyzes the historical and structural sources that explain the President’s overwhelming power over immigration policy. It’s a wonderful analysis of history, policy, and the Constitution.
History is fraught, no doubt. Today on Immigrantly, we seek to draw out its patterns and hold them against the present. In collaboration with Julia Wang and Kathy Lu from Immigrant History Initiative and 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, the important role that immigrants have played in the labor force has been misconstrued and underappreciated. We reveal these complicated truths and urge listeners to bring such awareness into their everyday lives.  Producer & Host Saadia Khan Content writers Yudi Liu, Julia Wang, Kathy Lu Editor Tom Whelan
In 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. Producer & Host Saadia Khan   Associate Producer & Content writer Sarah Doh   Editor Tom Whelan
Laila Al-Arian is a journalist and the Executive Producer of , 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.
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.
Today, we are sharing a conversation with Vaibhav Jain. 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 consulting with U.S. Census Bureau and several national, 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. He is also the Chair of Technology for South Asians for Biden. He is currently leading all AAPI events for the Biden campaign.
Decolonizing Yoga

Decolonizing Yoga


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.
Imam Khalid Latif is University Chaplain at NYU.  He was the first Muslim chaplain at both NYU and Princeton. He was nominated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to be the youngest chaplain for the NYPD in history. Khalid has consulted with the U.S. State Department, various institutions, corporations, mosques, and other communities worldwide. He is also the co-founder of Honest Chops, the first organic and humane halal butcher shop in NYC.
In a time where the current events in America feel like they’re moving us closer to a dystopian reality, it’s hard not to feel frazzled by it all. Our guest today is someone who has spent a lot of time thinking about this. Hari Kunzru is a British-Indian novelist and journalist. He is the author of the novels The Impressionist, Transmission, My Revolutions, Gods Without Men, and White Tears. His most recent work is Red Pill, a novel that explores the idea of searching for order in a world that frames madness as truth. His podcast "Into the Zone" talks about opposites.  Produced & Hosted by: Saadia Khan; Written: Sarah Doh, Saadia Khan; Editing: Tom Whelan; Music: Evan Ray Suzuki
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Diego Osorio

Another show conflating immigrants with woke left wing politics, degeneracy, abortion, and the cult of intersectionality. Just move to Canada if you want to feel "multicultural" instead of wanting to integrate, you're making working class immigrant families look bad.

Jan 29th
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