Sri Lankan Northern Tamils in Colombo: Broken Memories of Home

Chattoraj, Diotima (2022) Sri Lankan Northern Tamils in Colombo: Broken Memories of Home. South Asia Research, 42 (2). pp. 233-248.

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The Sri Lankan conflict that officially ended in 2009 resulted not only in large numbers of Tamils leaving the country to join the vast global Tamil diaspora but also created many internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Sri Lanka’s Northern Tamil communities who settled in Colombo. This article examines the idea of home among such IDPs, showing how broken memories of an earlier home and different approaches towards return shape feelings of being an ‘insider’ or ‘outsider’ among Tamil IDPs in Colombo. Drawing on the life experiences of such IDPs, the article shows that they now often view Colombo as a more suitable home yet are still ‘becoming insiders’ rather than ‘being insiders’.

Item ID: 73701
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1741-3141
Keywords: Ethnicity, home, insider-outsider, memories, Sri Lanka, Tamils
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2022 The Author(s).
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2022 06:07
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4404 Development studies > 440402 Humanitarian disasters, conflict and peacebuilding @ 100%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1399 Other culture and society > 139999 Other culture and society not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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