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Born in Sri Lanka, Shenali grew up in the suburbs of Gosnells and Southern River, and remembers a time when her life in Australia stretched only as far as the Carousel Shopping Centre and Gosnells Library.
"Motherhood wasn’t something I enjoyed or embraced. I guess, you know, many Sri Lankan women do, so I thought it was something wrong with me. So that was a catalyst for me...at 25 I didn’t know it was okay that I’m different...I could not relate, I did not belong, I did not make any connection to the Tamil of me, and as I said the women in particular.
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