Lau, LE (2016) The Sinhalese Diaspora: New Directions of Sri Lankan Diasporic Writing. South Asia: journal of South Asian studies. ISSN 1479-0270

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This article investigates a particular sub-section of South Asian literature in English, namely, contemporary diasporic social realism fiction by Sri Lankan authors. It not only explores the little-discussed Sri Lankan Sinhalese diaspora which is usually overshadowed by the more numerous and better known Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora, it also focuses on middle/upper-middle class migrants, whose migration, assimilation and resettlement encompass a very particular set of issues, particular to their class and background. Middle/upper-middle class Sinhalese migrants from Sri Lanka are more commonly economic migrants than political migrants (refugees or asylum seekers). They carry a considerable amount of social capital, but are unable to translate some of this into the correct and recognised currency of the host country, leading to certain frustrations and subsequent necessary (and occasionally painful) identity negotiations. The article investigates the struggles of this particular group of the diaspora – middle/upper class, Sinhalese economic migrants - joining society in the West at a lower socio-economic level than that from whence they came.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis as: Lau, L., 2016. The Sinhalese Diaspora: New Directions in Sri Lankan Diasporic Writing. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, pp.1–17. Available at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sri Lanka, diaspora, Sinhalese, literature, class, migration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Natural Sciences > School of Physical and Geographical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2016 10:31
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2021 10:57

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