Interview with Tanuja Turairajah on the making of Project Belonging

Living as a migrant for the first time in Zürich, Tanuja Thurairajah found herself thinking about the narratives that people were exposed to in their daily life.

“When I came here I met other Tamils, but somehow I felt that they reached out to a different narrative and I reached out to a different narrative…”

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In Benghazi today or Jaffna then, the teachers kept on teaching despite the shelling!

The BBC reported this today on a school reopening in Beghazi and I was reminded of what the Jaffna teacher said …

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Meet Rajan Karunakaran of Project Belonging


 Storyowner

 
Rajan Karunakaran (48 years) arrived in Switzerland in 1984. He talks of how, being a taxi driver to him is more of a culture than a job and the way leftist political ideologies have influenced his life. Rajan now lives in Baden with his 17 year old son of part Cuban origin.

Rajan is a natural storyteller telling his story with humour, laughter and courage. It is in Tamil with supers in English which I am sure could not do justice to the original. [Read more…]

Interview with Tanuja Thurairajah: The Making of Project Belonging

Living as a migrant for the first time in Zürich, Tanuja Thurairajah found herself thinking about the narratives that people were exposed to in their daily life.

“When I came here I met other Tamils, but somehow I felt that they reached out to a different narrative and I reached out to a different narrative…”

[Read more…]

The Resilience Series : The teacher kept on teaching

 

On the A9 to Jaffna, windscreens are endorsed with a sign that a traveller donated to a Hindu shrine

ORAL HISTORY :  Listen to the voice of Mr Somanathan, a teacher in Jaffna.

These three videos take us through the life of a teacher who kept on teaching amidst war and embargoes. They are a blend of images of Jaffna soil, water, kovil and library and have no people featured as it is the voice of Mr Somanathan that tells us the story.

During the protracted or long conflict between the LTTE and GoSL, the students and teachers and examiners, university vice chancellors and parents went through a terrible survival battle on a daily basis on school turf and on the way to school, back from school, studying by the light of a jam-jar lamp, running to bunkers in the schoolyard while some took that decision not to return home after school one day.

How the students kept on studying and the teachers kept on teaching is a phenomenon worth documenting for the people’s history gently told.  [Read more…]