Ethnic Diversity and COVID-19 Resilience in Sri Lanka

Conference: The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS2022)
Title: Ethnic Diversity and COVID-19 Resilience in Sri Lanka
Stream: Ethnicity, Difference, Identity
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Abesinghe Mudiyanselage Rashika Saman Kumari Abesinghe, Waseda University, Japan


Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is a developing country in Asia that experienced 30 years of ethnic conflict and still attempts to get rid of the social, cultural, economic and political damages arose with the war. The unexpected COVID-19 pandemic can be defined as a huge challenge towards this struggling state and in accordance with the official statistics of the World Health Organization from 3rd January 2020 to 7th January 2022, Sri Lanka is having 590,063 reported COVID-19 cases with 15,083 deaths (Source- WHO Health Emergency Dashboard WHO (COVID-19) Homepage: 2022). Also, with the COVID -19 pandemic the state is experiencing a considerable decrease in its social, cultural, economic and political components which brings the process of resilience into a questionable stage. This scenario becomes more complicated with the ongoing ethnic diversity related issues in Sri Lanka. Through this article, the author tries to identify how process of resilience is being decelerated by the significant social, cultural, economic and political challenges arose with the ethnic conflict of the state and the effects of COVID -19. It is expected to find out the solutions for the identified challenges and develop an effective mechanism to strengthen the process of resilience in multi-cultural Sri Lanka with the COVID-19 pandemic. The research is based on primary & secondary data sources.

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