I’d like to thank Professors Elizabeth Specker and Ally JoyeWhat country did the New York times call the number 1 travel destyination for 2010? Sri Lanka.
-pearl of the Indian ocean.- looks like a teardrop falling off the end of the bottom tip of India-270 miles by 140 miles, -known as Ceylon until 1972-The majority of the population is Sinhalese, about 74%, and most Sinhalese are Buddhist, sizable minority is Tamil, about 18%, most are HinduHave been fightingSome say fighting for 2,500years-recent history – British divide and conquer- Sort of good thing – everyone spoke English-many older srilankans still speak English. -But gained its independence in 1948, the official language became sinhala. This disenfranchised thetamil minority, which had been put in most of the government positions by the british. -Very different languages linguistically – dravidian and indo europeanI was in NuwaraEliya. I elected to learn Tamil because they asked for volunteers to go to the tamil areas of batticaloa and trincomalee, but the Peace Corps decided it was too dangerous, so they sent me and Katy to the hill country, where many tamil-speaking tea pickers lived.Volunteers served 1962-1964, 1967-1970, 1983-1998 372 volunteers total
Evidence of colonialism was everywhere.Many old hotels and homes built by the British, churches by the portugese
Sinhalese means “lion people”Tamil TigersFirst day at my site there was curfew. I was in an area where tamils were brought in from India to pick tea in the tea plantations.Two 1986 bombings, one at the telegraph office (11 dead)and one on a plane at the cdolombo airport (15 dead) Bus depot in 1987in Colombo (106 dead).The war was always a worry. At one point there was a direct threat against Americans and we were all called to Colombo for a special meeting, but nothing ever happened.Peace corps always pulled people out of dangerous areas, and 2005
As I said, about 80% of srilankans are buddhist.Beautiful traditions. For example, there are many beggars in srilanka, but they are usually taken care of because it is considered their job to, by begging, help others gain good karma and thus have a better situation in their next life.Also, Sri Lankan buddhists often have a great respect for life. For example, once I was in the teachers’ room and a fly was buzzing around. I killled it. My supervisor looked at me, livid.“We don’
And about 200,000 other victims – 140-150,000 non-Jewish Poles, 23,000 gypsies, 15,000 Soviet prisoners of war, and 25,000 others.