The Encyclopedia of the Sri Lankan Diaspora

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Peter Reeves
Editions Didier Millet, 2013 - History - 200 pages
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Well over a million people of Sri Lankan origin live outside South Asia. The Encyclopedia of the Sri Lanka Diaspora is the first comprehensive study of the lives, culture, beliefs and attitudes of immigrants and refugees from this island. The volume is a joint publication between the Institute of South Asian Studies, NUS, and Editions Didier Millet. It focuses on the relationship between culture and economy in the Sri Lanka diaspora in the context of globalisation, increased transnational culture flows and new communication technologies. In addition to the geographic mapping of the Sri Lanka diaspora in the various continents, thematic chapters include topics on “long distance nationalism”, citizenship, Sinhala, Tamil and Burgher disapora identities, religion and the spread of Buddhism, as well as the Sri Lankan cultural impact on other nations. 

 

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Contents

Contributors
8
Guide to the Use of the Encycopedia and Editorial Conventions
9
Introduction
10
The Context
15
The Sri Lankan Context
16
Life and People in the Diaspora
38
Literature
65
India
72
Switzerland
137
Italy
145
Norway
149
Sweden
154
Denmark
157
Portugal
159
Russia
160
Eastern Europe
162

Malaysia
78
Singapore
85
Brunei Darussalam
94
The Gulf States
96
United States of America
101
Canada
109
United Kingdom
115
The Netherlands
122
France
126
Germany
131
Australia
163
New Zealand
169
Glossary
174
Bibliography
176
Index
194
List of Figures Tables and Maps
197
Picture Credits
198
Acknowledgements
200
Back Cover
201
Copyright

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Professor Peter Reeves is Emeritus Professor of South Asian History, Curtin University in Perth (Western Australia) and Fellow of the Academy of the Humanities in Australia. He was head of the South Asian Studies Programme at the National University of Singapore (NUS) from 1999 to 2005 and has also taught at the universities of Sussex, Western Australia and Michigan. He specialises in the modern political and socio-economic history of South Asia.

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