June 23, 2022
Sri Lanka: The Reality of Mealtime in the Midst of Economic Collapse
The island nation’s worst economic crisis since its 1948 independence has forced people to change how and what they eat.
April 27, 2022
A Guide to Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis — And What Comes Next
For the first time since its 1948 independence, Sri Lanka has defaulted on its debts as it plunges deeper into an economic and constitutional crisis.
December 20, 2021
How Sri Lanka Became a Hollywood Filming Destination
When India says no or is too much of a hassle, the island nation has filled the void. But this trend has yet to lead to a boom in local film or film tourism.
October 1, 2021
“Enjoy Enjaami”: How a Tamil Song Led to a Public Outcry About Caste
A magazine cover by Rolling Stone India and a Times Square billboard sparked public outrage over Dalit erasure.
September 9, 2021
The Sri Lankan Hopper is Going Global
The quintessential island snack is making its way around the world, appearing on menus from the U.K. to Australia and beyond.
September 3, 2021
“A Pained Spectator of the War”: Anuk Arudpragasam on “A Passage North”
The Sri Lankan Tamil novelist talks to us about his Booker Prize-longlisted novel, his aversion to writing dialogue, and what’s next.
April 16, 2021
How the Mrs. Sri Lanka Incident Stirred the Pageant Pot
The uncrowning and recrowning of Pushpika De Silva is causing many to question why one’s marital status — and beauty pageants — matter in the first place.
December 8, 2020
Deepa Mehta’s ‘Funny Boy’ is Problematic, But Worth Watching
Despite its dearth of Tamil-speaking actors, the film is a powerful depiction of the reasons my family left Sri Lanka.
September 25, 2020
Rishi Naleendra, Michelin Star-Chef, Spotlights Sri Lankan Cuisine
A "short brown guy from a small island" shared his native food with the world — and they ate it up.
September 18, 2020
The Chaiwala of TikTok
Kevin Wilson, a 30-year-old Sri Lankan native and associate pastor, has found fame on the short video platform by sharing the gospel of chai.
March 18, 2020
The Rise of Sri Lankan Diaspora Music
Fifteen years after M.I.A. released her first album, a new wave of singers, rappers, and producers from the island are making their mark.
September 20, 2019
The Fearsome Yakku of Sri Lanka
In Sinhalese culture, yakku are demons that haunt people as they die. We revisit their history.
May 24, 2019
Life in Limbo
Ten years after the Sri Lankan civil war, many Tamil refugees in India are still unsure about their futures.
May 14, 2019
Dating In-Between in Sri Lanka
Dating in Sri Lanka — where the internet penetration is lower than the global average — is stuck between tradition and change.