SRI LANKANS MEET IN SAN DIEGO
Of an estimated 80 million Tamils in the world, 10 million live outside their native India and Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), says Ramalingam Shanmugalingam, of San Diego, California.
"Events in the not too distant past in their native habitats have forced many Tamils to migrate to other lands," he says. As International Coordinator, he helped plan formation of a World Wide Tamils' Coalition (WWTC) in San Diego on October 26 and 27, 2002. You can read the details in the e-magazine KUVIYAM.
"The Tamils speak the language Tamil, which has a vast cultural and literary wealth," says Mr Shanmugalingam. "In the absence of an Independent Tamil homeland, it is felt that the preservation of Tamil culture and the adoption of Tamil language in the receptive and flexible electronic media should be privately organized. More than 20 Tamil lovers from various parts of the world are meeting in San Diego to initiate a Tamil Think Tank."
The proposed World Wide Tamil's Coalition would be a non-partisan, secular global organization devoted to the well being of people of Tamil origin, stimulating cooperation and communication among Tamils living all over the world and help maintain their Tamil identity under one flag, anthem and Tamil Language.
It would seek to:
Tamils are dispersed around the world. About 200,000 live in Canada, mostly in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. The Tamil community there is a relatively new group. Some settled as early as the 1960s, as independent immigrants. The vast majority, however, arrived in Canada after 1983 in the aftermath of the 1983 Colombo riots in Sri Lanka. In 1983, the Canadian government took Tamils into Canada under humanitarian and compassionate consideration. Today Tamils continue to make up one of the largest group of refugees seeking asylum in Canada.
About 80,000 Sri Lankan Tamils have settled in the UK. Thousands of other Tamil-speakers live in Australia, Fiji. France, Germany, Malaysia, Mauritius, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland and the US.
Ryerson (Toronto) University School of Journalism's Diversity Watch lists these prominent Tamils:
Read the interesting biographies of three Tamils who became world-famous: