How a UK law has unintended consequences for women workers in Sri Lanka

The UK's Modern Slavery Act, aimed at sex trafficking, has increased the environment of surveillance against women factory workers in Sri Lanka.
Jul 17, 2019

Seattle Sri Lankans to hold prayer service for churches bombed on Easter

Locally, Tukwila’s Sarana International Buddhist Center, where many local Sri Lankans worship, will hold a prayer event for the victims on Friday.
Apr 23, 2019

Sri Lankan website offers “lady seats” to help women travel safely

In response to sexual assaults and harassment on long-distance buses, a Sri Lankan businessman says booking a "lady seat" could improve safety for women.
Apr 16, 2019

Their husbands casualties of war, Jaffna women fish for their families

Traditionally, women in Sri Lanka do not fish for a living. But in Jaffna, where many men died, were wounded or went missing during the civil war, Rasathurai Sarojathevi is teaching a group of 20 women to earn their livings from fishing. Even when the rains don’t cooperate, local women are taking the lead in earning for their families.
Jan 4, 2019

Boxing champion gives back by training village youth for free in northern Sri Lanka

For the past five years, Ramesh has been offering his boxing training free of charge four days per week. He said it's a way of giving back. As some of his students are now decorated boxing champions themselves.
Dec 5, 2018
Campaign posters of Mahinda Rajapaksa with the eyes scratched out. (Photo by Indi Samarajiva)

I fled to the U.S. after my government threatened my life. Trump’s got me worried.

What can America learn from the successes and failures of Sri Lankans who opposed a corrupt, racist, power hungry president?
Feb 15, 2017

Mine workers demand better pay in lagging Sri Lanka graphite industry

Lack of investment is hurting graphite mine industry in Sri Lanka, miners say.
Nov 3, 2016

Twitter chat on immigration, feminism and Subway sandwiches in South Asia

Join this live chat at 8am Pacific Time/11am Eastern/8:30pm India on Thursday October 30th. Tune in here or by following the Twitter hashtag #susi2014.
Oct 29, 2014
A still from "Titli" about a young man trying to escape his criminal family in Delhi, one of the flagship films of the Seattle South Asian Film Festival's 9th year.

Festival brings top-notch South Asian filmmakers to town

Now in its ninth year, the Seattle South Asian Film (SSAFF) once again brings a wide array of radical, thought-provoking films to the Puget Sound area. This year there’s narrative and documentary films from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka on everything from human rights, gender, LGBT issues, education, and the environment — and some laughs […]
A homeless man sleeps in Pioneer Square. A count last January tallied 2736 people sleeping outside in King County without shelter. (Photo by C4Chaos via Flickr)

Sri Lanka offers dark lessons in addressing homelessness

The grisly murders of beggars in Colombo’s city center are a frightening contrast to efforts to solve Seattle’s downtown homeless problem.
Oct 17, 2013
Egyptian protesters in Tahrir Square in 2011 celebrate Facebook's contribution to the Arab Spring. (Photo by Essam Sharaf via Flickr)

“Why don’t you like my post?” Americans keep it apolitical on Facebook

Millions of people around the globe are on Facebook. But when she moved to Northwest from Sri Lanka earlier this year, Frederica Jansz found out that the way people post here is completely different.
Aug 21, 2013
Sri Lankan Independence Day. Photo thanks to Frederica Jansz.

From Sri Lanka to South Puget Sound: My first nine months in Puyallup

In Sri Lanka, Independence Day is celebrated with a show of military strength that keeps most residents of the capital city locked in their homes for the day. Frederica Jansz’ first Fourth of July in the States was just one of many things that felt familiar, yet oh-so-different.
Aug 5, 2013