About This Blog

Welcome to The Indian American Story, the blog for The Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project. Here, you will find contributors blogging about the latest Indian American issues and about happenings at the IAHP and at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

The Indian American Heritage Project is a new initiative to create an exhibition chronicling the story of immigrants from India and their descendants in America. The exhibition will be accompanied by a curriculum guide for middle school students, a public program series to educate the general public, and a website with supporting social network tools to engage audiences. Numbering nearly 3 million in the U.S., Indian Americans now have the chance to have their history, contributions, challenges, and perspectives told at the Smithsonian Institution, the largest museum and research complex in the world.

For more about the Indian American Heritage Project, visit the website. If you are interested in contributing to the blog, please email the IAHP curator, Masum Momaya, at


Aditya Desai is pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Blogger Priya ChhayaPriya Chhaya is a public historian that works with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She sees history wherever she goes and believes that it is an important part of the American (and Indian American) identity. Additional writing by Priya can be found at and …and this is what comes next
Blogger Rajshree SolankiRajshree Solanki is the Registration Specialist for Loans at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. In 2007, she took part in an autorickshaw rally across India from Chennai to Mumbai. She promised her parents never to do it again.

Lavina Melwani is an award-winning journalist who has written for several international publications including: India Today, Newsday, The Week, WSJ, Travel Plus and The Hindu. She lives in New York. Her online magazine, Lassi with Lavina, is about Indian art and culture. Click here to visit her website, Lassi with Lavina.


5 responses to “About This Blog

  1. none

    July 11, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Got here from Angry Asian Man. Maybe one of the reasons why you haven’t had as much luck with submissions is because you haven’t been seen on what is arguably the most visible/popular blog for Indian Americans, by IAs:

    My friends and I check that a lot more regularly than AAM. Good luck.

  2. siapap

    July 13, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks for visiting, none! We appreciate the input.

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  4. IA in NY

    January 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    The email address to contact ( ) does not work it seems.

  5. Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program

    January 18, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Hello! Pawan’s email is – it has been corrected.


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