The other day I was trying to categorize them for my mother, who was trying to understand this conversation that was unfolding between a group of friends. Truth be told, most of that conversation flew over my mother's head, but it got me thinking... I tackled one particular issue regarding expat Sri Lankans in an earlier blog post on Sri Lanka's brain drain and the question of whether educated or skilled expats would ever return "home" to Sri Lanka. As fascinating as this issue is, when I consider a few questions and comments triggered by friends, colleagues and my mother, I started to ponder more about the general attitudes and behaviors of expat Sri Lankans I know and/or have come across.
I mean no disrespect, but I think it makes for interesting reading, particularly to local and expat Sri Lankans.
My reasons for describing expat Sri Lankans as quirky is primarily due to the existence of more than a few quirks associated with:
- how some expat Sri Lankans view Sri Lanka from abroad;
- the kind of things that get seem to get disowned along the way (i.e. language, culture); and
- how some expat Sri Lankans behave when visiting the island
I'm generalizing, so don't get your knickers in a twist. Well not yet!
You might well feel like throwing the kitchen sink at me once you read the rest of this post...
But my intention isn't to stir the pot, just to share some of my observations and thoughts (yet again). If you're an expat Sri Lankan reading this, it might well be about you, or, you might be one those lucky exceptions...
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