Ambassador honors Ru Freeman, Sri Lankan American author, activist
Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States, recently hosted a celebration of the new book “A Disobedient Girl,” the novel by Sri Lankan-American writer Ru Freeman.
The Nov. 6 reception, held at the Ambassador’s residence, served as a prelude to the Smithsonian Institution’s South Asia Literary and Theater Arts Festival, where Ru Freeman was one of five Asian authors whose work was highlighted.
The Ambassador, joined by Dr. Franklin Odo, director of the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Program, and about 60 members of the Sir Lankan, Smithsonian and diplomatic communities, lauded Ru Freeman’s book, which chronicles the life of a young girl growing up in Sri Lanka. The Smithsonian’s annual festival recognizes South Asian literary, film and theater works