Name of AAPI FigureDalip Singh Saund
What is the person’s Asian heritage or ethnicity?Indian American
Area of InfluencePolitician
Date of birth or time periodSeptember 20, 1899
How did this individual make a contribution to their field or to society/culture at large?Dalip Singh Saund was the first Asian American to be elected to the United States Congress. He wrote the book, “My Mother India,” in support of the Indian Independence movement. Saund campaigned to allow people of South Asian descent to become US citizens.
Why did you choose this person? What about their story speaks to you?I chose this person because he worked in the U.S. government.
How does this person inspire you?He inspires me because I would like to work in the U.S. government one day.
What surprised you as you were learning about this person?It surprised me that he wrote a book about India even though he lived in the U.S. most of his life.
Submitted bySanjay Lakshmanan
City, StateWinchester, MA