American Kahani is a multimedia website where Indian Americans and South Asian Americans congregate to tell stories of their American life.
The term Indian Americans points to those who trace their origin to the Indian subcontinent. It is, however, a catchall term that masks more than as it reveals because Indian Americans have been shaped by a variety of histories, customs, cultures – which are in themselves constantly interacting and separating.
Indian Americans constitute a fraction of the American population and yet they have had a disproportionate impact in a host fields — science and technology, medicine, business, politics, academics, literature, music and the media. But they also defy the stereotypes thrown at them, including that of a model minority.
If they have among them Nobel laureates, Fields Medalists, Pulitzer and Peabody Prize winners, MacArthur Fellows and Spelling Bee champions, they also have their share of white-collar felons, killers, criminal kingpins and other ‘deplorables.’
Indian Americans also represent a broad spectrum of ideological and political positions — ranging from progressives who are at the forefront of social justice movements to right-wing conservatives and sectarian extremists. And like most people of Indian origin, they are argumentative. Each of those voices has a story to tell.
American Kahani seeks to tell those stories.