College of Liberal Arts

Autorickshaw Decorations in Jaffna

Journey to Jaffna, Sri Lanka, to learn about colorful autorickshaws and their drivers!
Business, Culture and Education
Age group: High School

Follow autorickshaws around Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and learn about how their drivers elaborately decorate them to express themselves and Tamil culture and history. Asian Studies PhD candidate daniel dillon leads us through the pop culture and political references found on autorickshaws as an expressive cultural form. Love poems, religious phrases, political figures, and even Captain Jack Sparrow inspire the autorickshaw drivers in their constant work roaming the city driving customers around. What would you put on your autorickshaw?