Little Jaffna in Paris

by Tatiana Medvedeva, Leiden University, May 2013

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World’s cultural centre, Paris has been a transnational global village since centuries. In recent two decades, a new space of confrontation of global and local appeared on the capital’s landscape. The so‐called “quartier indien ” also known as “Little Jaffna”, situated in between the Gare du Nord and metro station La Chapelle in the 10th arrondissement, serves as a space for cultural reproduction of Tamils in exile and a node of Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora scattered worldwide. From the estimated 890 thousands of Sri Lankan Tamils in exile, about 100,000 live in France, of which the greatest number in Paris.

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