Lost Voices: An Untold Story of the South Asian Diaspora

Lost Voices: An Untold Story of the South Asian Diaspora

Four podcast episodes focusing on ideas around archiving practices used by South Asians to collect, preserve and reconstruct family and community histories. Join host Alisha Sawhney on a journalistic inquiry into the South Asian diaspora, featuring interviews and stories from a range of brown female voices.


November 29, 2022 29 min

Alisha reflects on her investigation into archiving sparked by the Gwillim Archive and draws on her experiences as a journalist to help reframe the value of these letters and paintings from colonial-era India. To close out the podcast, Alisha turns to the present day, thinks about how we talk about lived experience and asks: Where does the responsibility lie in news organizations to make sure new voices are telling stories? Alisha ...

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Second-gen Canadians across the South Asian diaspora are documenting our rich histories in innovative and accessible ways, thereby creating digital archives of our own ancestries. These platforms are increasingly occupying space online, symbolizing the very purpose of their creation: that history, personal and shared, is multidimensional. It is an unspoken but concerted movement to democratize South Asian history and share narrativ...

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November 29, 2022 21 min

How did The Gwillim Project become a valuable piece of research in the first place? Who decides what archival material is valuable anyway, and what qualifies as an archive? Alisha explores these questions with Lauren Williams, a librarian in the Rare Books and Special Collections department at McGill. Dr. Toolika Gupta, the director of the Indian Institute of Crafts & Design, sheds light on the value of female Indian perspectiv...

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How do we, millennials, and the Canadian South Asian diaspora more broadly, archive life online? What would historians say about the digital remnants we leave behind about ourselves on social media, say, 100 years from now? Alisha introduces us to The Gwillim Project — a body of research housed at McGill University that offers us a glimpse into the letters and paintings from two British sisters living in Madras, India around 1800. ...

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A podcast focusing on ideas around archiving practices used by South Asians to collect, preserve and reconstruct family and community histories. These topics are viewed through a journalistic inquiry and interviews, and driven by South Asian female voices.

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