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Guide to the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations oral history collection 2011.019

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Collection processed by Julia Lipkins with assistance from Elena Locascio

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Devika Wickremesinghe, 2013 October 10

Biographical note

Devika Wickremesinghe was born to a white American mother and a Sri Lankan father and raised in Staten Island, New York. Wickremesinghe received a B.A. in dance and art history from Barnard College in New York City. She worked as a professional dancer.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Wickremesinghe discusses her racial identity; educational experiences; father's emigration from Sri Lanka; family visits to Sri Lanka; maternal grandparents' Italian heritage; relationships with siblings; and involvement in the dance community. Interview conducted by Manissa Maharawal.

Related Materials

Oral history with Devika Wickremesinghe's sister, Neela Wickremesinghe, 2011.019.068.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library. The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • Racially ambiguous people
  • Racially mixed families
  • Racially mixed people
  • Italian Americans -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Dancers -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Education -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Sri Lankan Americans -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Race identity

Subject Places

  • United States |x Emigration and immigration
  • Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)