Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque is a New York-based Bangladeshi journalist and poet writing about migration, the refugee crisis, gender, and mental health. She completed her M.S. in Journalism from Columbia Journalism School in 2017. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, Al Jazeera, Quartz, The Lily, AJ+, The,, and the Dhaka Tribune among other publications. Her work was nominated for a 2018 South Asian Journalists Association award. She is a 2018 Poynter Fellow and a 2018 Maynard Fellow.

Why South Asians Feel Abandoned in the Anti-Asian Hate Conversation

The recent spike in and discourse around hate crimes against East and Southeast Asians in North America has brought up familiar feelings for South Asians. But not all feel like they’re part of the conversation.

Samira Sadeque

June 09, 2021

Beyond Indianapolis: The Enduring Trauma of Anti-Sikh Violence in America

“I have been spat at and asked to go back, just because of our clothing, just because of our skin color, just because of our articles of faith.”

Samira Sadeque

April 19, 2021

A Year into Lockdown, South Asian New Yorkers Share their Stories

Six South Asians — the Asian subgroup with the highest number of positive cases and hospitalizations — lay bare their pandemic experiences.

Samira Sadeque

April 07, 2021

Baul Dada Sings of the American Dream

The singing street food vendor brought jhalmuri to New York City, then got caught in immigration purgatory.

Samira Sadeque

February 04, 2021

Tinku’s Protest Through Love

A Bengali newspaper outed him and his gay marriage to his community back home in 1992. Unfazed, he used it as a teaching moment for others.

Samira Sadeque

November 25, 2019

Taxi Drivers Navigate a City Stacked Against Them

Nearly 50% of New York City yellow cab drivers are from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India — they must face ride-sharing’s rise and increasing driver suicides, together.

Samira Sadeque

April 23, 2019

The Catch-22 of Gun Violence in America

The Oak Creek shooting at a Wisconsin gurudwara, the man who shot and killed an Indian man in Kansas, and the Sandy Hook shooting all affected South Asian Americans. Yet, South Asian Americans also fear how their identity implicates them, even when they aren’t guilty.

Samira Sadeque

April 16, 2019


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