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Adele Barker
Adele Barker, who was awarded a Ucross Fellowship for her work on her latest book, "Not Quite Paradise: An American Sojourn in Sri Lanka", has taught at the universities of Arizona and Washington. She is the author and editor of five books on Russian literature and cultural life. In 2001-2002 she received a Fulbright Senior Scholar grant to teach and write in Sri Lanka. After the tsunami she returned to the island where she traveled to the areas most devastated by the waves and by the thirty year old civil war between the Tamil Tigers and the central Sinhalese government.

Entries by Adele Barker

American Sniper Misfires at the Oscars

(3) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 3:08 PM

In Pakistan, my classes were unusually small, 10 students compared to 100 students for other professors.

Then I found out the reason why.

"No one wanted to take your class," my former student explained to me in an email. "You were American; we hated you. You come in here and...

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Heartbreak in Post-War Jaffna

(9) Comments | Posted February 2, 2010 | 1:51 PM

On a sandy street on the northern shore of the Jaffna Peninsula in Sri Lanka, an innocuous building surrounded by mango and palmyra trees houses a rehabilitation center run by a Catholic priest, who in January 2005 just days after the tsunami began to counsel survivors.

"Now our population...

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Jaffna Rebuilds: After The Tsunami In Sri Lanka

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2010 | 1:16 PM

January 4, 2010

It's kite season on the Jaffna Peninsula in northern Sri Lanka. On the tip of the peninsula, people are flying their homemade kites along the sea's edge with a little help from the northeast monsoon winds. It's a good season...

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Between War and Peace In Sri Lanka

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2010 | 10:01 AM

January 1, 2010

It's New Year's Day today in Sri Lanka. The real New Year's for both Buddhists and Hindus on this island is determined by the lunar calendar and will come in April. But if today is not as big as the "real" new year it's big enough and...

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Sri Lanka Tsunami: The Fifth Anniversary

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2009 | 3:32 PM

December 26, 2009

"How are you going to mark the fifth anniversary of the tsunami?" I asked a woman on the southern coast of Sri Lanka who had lost her husband in the tsunami.

"We don't need to mark it," she told me. "We remember it every day."

Today is...

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Tsunami Anniversary: A Christmas Without War

(3) Comments | Posted December 25, 2009 | 8:00 AM

Everyone is complaining about the heat here, even the stalwarts who were born to it. Disgorged from mind numbing twenty-some odd hour flights, my son and I arrived to find the chocolates we had brought as Christmas presents liquefied into something the consistency of a post-rain mud flow. Vitamin capsules...

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