The CBS Diversity ads for APA Heritage Month continues with another politician who paved the way.
Born in India in 1899, Dalip Singh Saund came to the US to study in the 1920’s. Saund began fighting discriminatory laws against Indians and campaigned to allow all people of South Asian descent to become naturalized citizens. In 1949, he and other Indians finally earned the right to become U.S. citizens. In 1956, he was elected to the U.S. Congress from the 29th California District, which then comprised Riverside and Imperial counties. He became the first Asian American, Indian American and Sikh member of the United States Congress. Read more from his autobiography “Congressman from India” here or here.
Actor Kunal Nayyar from The Big Bang Theory on Dalip Singh Saund (the first South Asian to serve in the House of Representatives)