Ms. A. Aarthi

Graduate Fellow Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Aarthi is a post graduate student pursuing her masters in Sociology/Anthropology at FASS. She is hoping to learn more about intricacies of the relationships forged between employer and employee amongst Indian Tamil Domestic Workers in Singaporean Indian Tamil Households. She recently graduated from the University of Toronto, where she completed her undergraduate degree in Socio-cultural Anthropology and Diaspora Studies and South Asian Studies. 

She is interested in learning more about South Asian diasporic communities, indentureship, post war Sri Lanka and more broadly about the ideas of memory and the manners in which we ‘speak up’ or ‘speak for’ through ethnography.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and learning more about the community around her. She has travelled to India, Sri Lanka, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago to learn more about the Tamil/ South Asian communities and hopes to continue to do in the future.

Aarthi is new to the Tembusu community and is excited to forge strong bonds with passionate individuals alike :)

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.