By Sonia N. Das
"This publication weaves jointly anthropological bills of diaspora, state, and empire to discover and research the multi-faceted tactics of globalization characterizing the migration and social integration reports of Tamil-speaking immigrants and refugees from India and Sri Lanka to Montréal, Québec within the past due twentieth and early twenty first centuries. In Montréal, a urban with extra trilingual audio system than in any other North American urban, Tamil migrants draw on their multilingual repertoires to navigate longstanding linguistic rivalries among anglophone and francophone, and Indian and Sri Lankan nationalist leaders through arguing that Indians communicate "Spoken Tamil" and Sri Lankans communicate "Written Tamil" as their respective history languages. Drawing on ethnographic, archival, and linguistic ways to evaluate and distinction the communicative practices and language ideologies of Tamil historical past language studying in Hindu temples, Catholic church buildings, public colleges, and neighborhood facilities, this ebook demonstrates how strategies of sociolinguistic differentiation are mediated through ethnonational, spiritual, classification, racial, and caste hierarchies. This publication makes use of the ethnographic and archival examine of Tamil mobility and immobility to show the mutual structure of elite and non-elite international modernities, outlined as language ideological tasks within which migrants objectify dimensions of time and house via scalar metaphors." -- Read more...
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The tsunami briefly brought together students from CUTAM and Tamilagam, who collectively raised $10,000 in humanitarian aid for victims in India and Sri Lanka. 1). 1 Tsunami memorial in Montréal, Québec. 25 Introduction • 25 Muthu invited me to attend the memorial as well as a private party held afterwards for high school and college student leaders at the Ganesh Party Palace in Ville St-Laurent. Entering the auditorium of École Secondaire Marie-Anne at 6:30 pm, I see many high-profile faces from the Canadian government on stage.
These contestations fuel heated discussions about what constitutes “good” or “bad” speech and highlight the public’s growing awareness of arbitrary linguistic standards. Hyperawareness of arbitrary linguistic standards also extends to adult community leaders who design and implement curricula to teach heritage languages to children growing up in Montréal. Since choosing a medium of instruction is tantamount to endorsing a standard language, leaders carefully base this decision on consensus or precedent.
Other asylum seekers accuse the LTTE of kidnapping child soldiers and extorting money from civilians. Since many Canadians regard the LTTE as terrorists, this narrative also proves convincing. In the 1990s, 90 percent of Sri Lankan Tamil applicants received political asylum in Canada (International Crisis Group 2010). Toronto’s Sri Lankan Tamil population, which at two hundred to three hundred thousand is ten times larger than Montréal’s, is indisputably the largest in the global diaspora. Toronto is also presumably the LTTE’s diasporic headquarters, with Montréal acting as an important auxiliary office.