Cross-Cultural conflict in Shyam Selvadurai’s Funny Boy and The Hungry Ghosts
Cultural conflict has been a globalized problem in recent days. As a multicultural nation, Sri Lankan people experience this cultural conflict in all facets. Shyam Selvadurai is a coming of age writer who explores varied themes like cultural tension, ethnic problem, immigrant issues and homosexuality. This paper deals with the cross-cultural conflict in the novels Funny Boy and The Hungry Ghosts. Arjun Chelvaratnam (Arjie), the protagonist of Funny Boy narrates his life from the age of seven to fourteen where he identifies his homosexual desire and also Sinhala-Tamil cultural tension that leads to 1983 riot. The second novel The Hungry Ghosts focuses on Shivan Rasiah, the son of Sinhalese mother and Tamil father, who faces cultural problem both in his country and Canada, where he took his asylum. Selvadurai pictures Shivan’s childhood days and his life in early thirties where he struggles to regain his relationship with his grandmother and the cultural constrains that he undergo.
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