Reimagining an American Tradition

About the Project

There are millions of miles of roads across the United States, and traveling them has long been seen as a rite of passage for Americans. From Jack Kerouac novels to Hollywood movies, American culture is steeped in the mythology of the “open road.” Yet, so much of this imagery has long been limited in who it includes.

During a time when immigrant lives and experiences are being especially devalued, SAADA’s Road Trips Project aims to reframe a major American tradition by sharing images and stories from South Asian Americans, a community too often excluded from these narratives. The appeal of the open road is deeply rooted in the freedom to travel – safely and without fear, harassment, or intimidation – a freedom, which for many, is currently under question.

In response, SAADA’s Road Trips Project is highlighting the long and diverse history of South Asians traveling across this country, whether for family vacations, cross-country moves, romantic getaways, or any other reason. These trips include memories both good and bad, humorous and sobering. Taken together they help us redefine what the American road trip looks like. Join us and share your story today.

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SAADA is actively looking for sponsors to help fund development, design, and growth of the Road Trips Project, as well as the staff time devoted to making the project a success. Learn more about how you can get involved.

The Road Trips Project is an initiative of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA).
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Project Staff: Samip Mallick, Imran Siddiquee, Naveen Zaidi, Brian Cook (design)
Special Thanks: Sindya Bhanoo, Arun Venugopal, Nidhi Kohli

Media Partners: NBC Asian America   215-259-8055
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