In this episode of Not an Alien, Thiru Kumar recounts his immigration journey from Sri Lanka to New York City. Fearing for his own well-being and livelihood during the Sri Lankan civil war, he applied for and won the green card lottery. Upon moving to the United States, he worked odd jobs for a number of years on his way to opening his own vegan food cart. A model of patience and optimism, Thiru Kumar is now world famous as a chef, and yet, most days, you’ll find him whipping up his incomparable masala and pondicherry dosas in Washington Square Park with unmatched élan. A true one-of-a-kind, Thiru Kumar will leave your mouth-watering with this interview, and will restore your faith in our democratic processes with his profound belief in the power of citizenship. We recommend listening only if you’re prepared to get hungry!