Life in Sri Lanka

This interview was conducted in Voorheesville, NY and Colombo, Sri Lanka on December 2, 2019. The interviewer was Jayathri Fernando (14), and the subject was Jayanthi, her grandmother (78). Jayanthi describes her childhood in Sri Lanka as well as her...

The Story of a Sri Lankan Refugee: Coming to the US and what she faced

I interviewed Niro Rasanaygam, who immigrated to the US when she was 14 from Sri Lanka. I got to hear some of her life stories and her adjustments to the US!

Dad’s journey to America

My dad had an aspiration to travel since he was young, and ended up in America

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Nalayini Gunanayagam and Yagulan Srikumar

Yagulan Srikumar (19) interviews aunty Nalayini Gunanayagam (66) about what it means to be Tamil Sri Lanken, the impact of the 1983 riots on their individual families, and keeping a relationship to the motherland as part of the diaspora.

Backpacks & Baguettes

A father and son talk about the children’s travel book they wrote together, Backpacks & Baguettes, and the reminder it provided of what it was like to live in the world before the pandemic hit - the sights, the smells...

Life’s Challenges

In this interview, conducted in December 3rd 2017 in New Jersey, Egg Harbor Township, 16 year old Gobi Thurairajah interviews his mother, Sumetha, about the hardships she had faced living in Sri Lanka and her early life living in the...