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.
Hema Kiruppalini is Research Associate at the Institute of South Asian Studies at NUS. She obtained her BA (Hons) in History and Masters in South Asian Studies from NUS.
Rajesh Rai (PhD., Birmingham) is Assistant Professor at the South Asian Studies Programme at the NUS. His research interests are in the fields of Indian and Hindu transnationalisms, nationalisms, and the postcolonial history and politics of South Asia.
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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