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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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I just found this podcast today but after the first full episode I downloaded all of the episodes. In my own podcast I talk to expats and geopats around the world and sometimes I have the pleasure of chatting with geopats IN the U.S., my passport country. To be clear, I hate the term "expat" and all of the baggage that it has, thus the creation of the term geopats. Like Saadia, I find that those of us that traverse cultures have SO much in common. In fact, it sounds like her first podcast title for this gem was "Alien Chronciles" and one of the things she says early on is how weird it is that her and other immigrants are called "aliens" when the only difference between her and the other Americans around her is time in the country. Exactly. Exactly. Exactly. Now, to be clear, I am not saying that immigrants and geopats have the exact experiences. My parents were Italian immigrants when Italians were the negative "other". I understand how different immigrants in the U.S. , for example, and Americans abroad are treated very differently. However, there is overlap in our foreign eyes experiences. And this intersection of experiences is what I love about Saadia's interviews. More on her interview style: Saadia is a relaxed, to the point Interviewer. You can tell that she listens to her guests, really listens. And these kinds of conversations are wanted, needed, timely. Although I still live abroad I hear first hand accounts from friends of mine who are still there about how much more and more the general trend in the country is us-them. This drives me crazy because we are a nation of immigrants and the people who think they are not from immigrants descend from people who literally stole the land from people already living there. But my anger is not where Saadia's podcast lives. Her conversations are lively, interesting and give voice to immigrants. A voice that is loud and clear and gorgeous. Thank you Saadia, for creating such a wonderful podcast. I look forward to hearing more in the future.

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Podcast Details

Created by
Saadia Khan
Podcast Status
Oct 26th, 2018
Latest Episode
Sep 29th, 2020
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
40 minutes

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