“I believe that by sharing our stories, we can build a more united and harmonious community.”
South Asian Heritage Month (18 July – 17 August 2023) was established in 2019 to honour and celebrate South Asian history and culture.
The theme for 2023 is ‘stories to tell’: a chance to explore the personal experiences of what it means to be part of the South Asian community in today’s ever-changing world.
In this article, our colleagues share the journeys, challenges and transformative moments that shaped who they are today.
Lumbini Vithana, Associate Clinical Educator says:
“One of the most transformative moments in my life was deciding to move to a new country. Leaving behind the familiar comforts of my homeland was both exhilarating and challenging. It taught me the value of adaptability, the courage to embrace change, and the strength to overcome obstacles in pursuit of a better life.
“As a member of the Sri Lankan community, I have encountered instances of discrimination and bias. These experiences have motivated me to advocate for equal rights and social justice. Moreover, the Sri Lankan cultural values of respect for elders and close-knit family ties have significantly influenced my perspective on relationships and the importance of maintaining strong connections with loved ones. Supporting others to settle in this country has allowed me to witness firsthand the struggles and triumphs that newcomers face.
“Working for the National Health Service for 17 years has been an immensely rewarding experience. It has reinforced my belief in the power of healthcare to positively impact individuals and communities, regardless of their backgrounds.
“Through my involvement in the Race Equality Network, I have found a platform to advocate for racial equality and challenge discriminatory practices. Serving on the committee has reinforced my belief in the power of collective action and the importance of amplifying marginalized voices. I firmly believe that by sharing our stories, we can foster understanding, bridge gaps, and build a more united and harmonious community.”
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