V. V. ('Sugi') Ganeshananthan Oral History Interview
V. V. ('Sugi') Ganeshananthan is an Ilankai Tamil American fiction writer and scholar based at the University of Minnesota. Her first novel is titled Love Marriage and her second novel was forthcoming at the time of this archived interview. Sugi discusses her upbringing and experiences being in Tamil American spaces.
Mahendran Thiruvarangan Oral History Interview
At the time of this interview, Mahendran Thiruvarangan ('Thiru') is a senior lecturer at the University of Jaffna Department of Linguistics and English, and is a scholar who focuses on postcolonial literatures, the relationships between land and literature, radical democracy, and nationalism and co-existence. He received his PhD in English in 2019 from the City University of New York.
Sumangala ('Sumi') Kailasapathy Oral History Interview
Sumangala ('Sumi') Kailasapathy is a public accountant and former City Council Member representing District 1 of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sumi has a history of political activism that dates back to her upbringing in Jaffna.
Pradeepa Oral History Interview
Pradeepa is a Sri Lankan Tamil artist and multimedia creator, as well as a social activist, hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota and based in Colombo, Sri Lanka at the time of this interview. She left Sri Lanka as a young child and grew up as an asylum seeker at constant risk of deportation in the United States.
Meenadchi Oral History Interview
Meenadchi is an Ilankai Tamil American facilitator and practitioner of non-violent communication. Meenadchi's interview is important to this project by discussing how collective healing might be facilitated for the Tamil community, where many community members have inflicted, and simultaneously were victims of, armed violence of fellow Tamils.
Maya McCoy Oral History Interview
Maya McCoy (she/her) leads organizing efforts with the Ilankai Tamil Feminist collective known as Maynmai. At the time of this interview, she is also a second year medical student, having made the transition into medicine soon after spending time in Sri Lanka on a fellowship.
CNN Coverage of City Council Member Sumi Kailasapathy
CNN profile of Ann Arbor City Council Members in article titled "Take a knee protests go from the sidelines to City Council chambers", including Sumi Kailasapathy, taking a knee during National Anthem in support of NFL protests against police brutality. Sumi Kailasapathy represented the 1st Ward on the City Council of Ann Arbor.