This article deals with young, well-educated Tamil Hindus in Denmark, and how they balance between being part of a shared Tamil cultural heritage or cultural memory and at the same time being part of Danish society. It will try to illuminate the situations and contexts in which cultural heritage is a resource or hindrance in this negotiation. It will also try to clarify how young Tamil Hindus’ relation to cultural memory seems to differ in comparison with their parents’. One of the main differences is young Tamil Hindus’ very open-minded differentiation between being a Hindu (religious identity), being a Tamil (cultural identity) and being a Dane with a Tamil background (social identity). This article builds on empirical research on Sri Lankan Tamil Hindus in Denmark, including around 50 interviews with young Tamil Hindus, complemented by the theory of collective memory.
Finnish Journal of Ethnicity and Migration, 2011, Vol 5, Issue 2, p. 24-32