my identity

Last month, on May 28th, Tamils around the world remembered all the lives lost during the 3 decade long civil war. It is our remembrance day, during the final stretch of the war, hundreds of thousands of Tamil individuals were brutally killed. On this day, several school boards in Ontario, government officials and prominent individuals commemorated the genocide. However, Peel School Board District, retracted this tweet and apologized to the oppressor based on a few complaints from some uneducated individuals in the GTA. Tamils across the GTA have been trying to email the district school boards to tell them now much acknowledging this day means to us. In order to stand together and fight this worthy cause, Tamils have been posting on social media with the caption ” I am தமிழ்/ Tamil and genocide is a part of my identity”.

Here is my post to this movement:

In May of 2018, my family and I took a trip to the so called paradise island that travel blogs promote – Sri Lanka – for a month long stay. We rotated our stay between 2 towns: PointPedro and Mallavi. One place my Appa and Aththai really wanted to visit was the Church in Mullivaikal. My Aththai is a strong and resilient women who became a widow in 2009 due the civil war. This spot is where my Appama and Ammama were last seen. This spot is where my uncle was bombed to death. This is the spot that brings chills and goosebumps to my family. This is the spot that brings tears to my Appa’s, Athai’s, Akka’s, Thambi’s and family’s eyes. Speaking about our history as Tamils is so important. We need to educate those who left us to fend for our selves during the war. To educate the countries that did not stand behind us in 2009. To educate people of all races and nationalities. To stand in solidarity for the hundreds of thousands of individuals raped, sexually assaulted, kidnapped, murdered, killed and disappeared during the decades long civil war

RIP Mahalingam Mama, Rasama Kanapathipillai, Ammama

I am Thamil and genocide is part of my identity.

-XOXO chana

behind the scenes – the series pt.1 : joanna

introducing Joanna – a gal that entered by life this past year. she is truly an inspiration and a positive light in my life. heres to joanna 🙂

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Tell me a little about yourself?

      A: I’m a 25 year old trying to find herself while also trying to survive. I am a feminist. I am a political science graduate and a social service worker graduate. Currently working in finance hoping to find my place and something I love. I love advocating for women, especially those who are marginalized as well as women of colour and women’s rights. I have a food blog and a photography blog. I love food and love finding a story in pictures. I also love makeup and skincare !!

Growing up what did you aspire to be?

      A: growing up I didn’t know what I wanted to be till I got to highschool and I wanted to be a human rights lawyer or work in the UN !

What are you pursuing now? 

      A: currently working in the finance sector of a bank in the investment side of it.

What’s would you tell yourself if you could go back 10 years?

    A: Love yourself. Never let anyone’s opinions of you get to you. Do what YOU want without fear or judgment. Be happy. Smile more. Never let a man dictate your worth. Take your time – theres no need to rush and SAVE YOUR MONEY.

How do you cope in the face of adversity or challenges 

A: Honestly this is something I need to work on – I tend to isolate myself and go quiet. However I started to get less mad and do breathing exercises. I allow myself to feel and process my feelings but I always tell myself I’ll be okay and everything will fall into place. Prayer and meditation !!! Praying helps me get through some difficult times.

Where do you see yourself in the future – career-wise and personally?

A:  Hopefully in a couple years meet the love of my life , have kids settle down , house , financially stable and have an established food blog !! Career wise I hope to be in my field and working with people who are marginalized but in politics hopefully.

What are your attitudes towards social media? 

A: Social media is great – through interacting online it connects us and allow us to bring attention to something and raise our voices. But it’s a powerful tool that some people don’t use right , like clout chasers and it can be used in bad ways to control people too.


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i hope you enjoy this new series on my blog where you get to know people who have impacted by life for the better.

-XOXO chana

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