Articles by Garen Yegparian

About Garen Yegparian (222 Articles)
Garen Yegparian is a fat, bald guy who has too much to say and do for his own good. So, you know he loves mouthing off weekly in the Weekly about anything he damn well pleases to write about that he can remotely tie in to things Armenian. He's got a checkered past: principal of an Armenian school, project manager on a housing development, ANC-WR Executive Director, AYF Field worker (again on the left coast), Operations Director for a telecom startup, and a City of LA employee most recently (in three different departments so far). Plus, he's got delusions of breaking into electoral politics, meanwhile participating in other aspects of it and making sure to stay in trouble.

Wasn’t It Bad Enough?

Wasn’t it bad enough when they took 1,500,000 lives? Wasn’t it bad enough that they left hundreds of thousands orphaned and homeless? Wasn’t it bad enough that hundreds of thousands more were forced to mask their true identities for three generations and counting? Wasn’t it [more...]

May 22, 2015 // 1 Comment


Yegparian: Harvesting the 100th

Euphoric, human flood, insanely well behaved, overwhelming, pride, second-largest demonstration in Los Angeles history, thrilling, tremendous. These are all terms that I heard to describe the 160,000 people who started marching in Hollywood’s Little Armenia on April 24, then massed in front of [more...]

May 15, 2015 // 2 Comments


Yegparian: Arizona Centennial

This April 24 found me in Arizona. I had the honor of speaking at the Centennial gathering held in Phoenix’s Bolin Memorial Park, where that community’s Genocide Memorial is located, beside such similar structures as the Arizona Pioneer Women, Civilian Conservation Corps, World War I, Dr. [more...]

May 5, 2015 // 0 Comments


Yegparian: Harnessing the 100th

It will come as no surprise that during these days of intense activity on the occasion of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, some serious discussions occur, despite how occupied everyone is. Some are inspiring, others banal; some irritating, others activating; some profound, others [more...]

April 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

Kim and Khloe Kardashian in Yerevan (VahramBaghdasaryan/PHOTOLURE)

Yegparian: The Kardashian Factor

Let’s get the disclaimer out of the way first: I am not related to the subject of this article. I say this because of my surname and because yeghpayr (in Armenian) = kardash* (in Turkish) = brother (in English). With that, I say “ENOUGH” to those who are fond of criticizing Kim [more...]

April 16, 2015 // 16 Comments

An audience member at the Responsibility 2015 Conference (photo: Garrett Holmes)

Yegparian: What’s the Point?

In just over a month, it will crescendo. It has already begun. Weeks and weeks worth of commemorations, conferences, demonstrations, marches, memorials, museum and monument dedications, pilgrimages, rides, etc., will culminate in…what? Actually, they will even continue beyond April 24, 1915. But [more...]

March 23, 2015 // 3 Comments


Yegparian: Whacking Whitewashing Worms

You were undoubtedly pleased over the last few weeks when you read about Los Angeles and Portland dropping Dick Gephardt, the former House Speaker and genocide recognition advocate who sold his soul to Turkish government denialists in exchange for millions of dollars, as their lobbyist. This has [more...]

March 18, 2015 // 1 Comment


Turkish Propaganda Assault

Armenians have two recent victories to celebrate: the Starbucks snafu and toppling of a proposed Ataturk statue in the City of Carson before it was even erected. I’m convinced the first example was an honest mistake born of ignorance. But the second one, that’s another story. That statue [more...]

March 11, 2015 // 2 Comments


Yegparian: On the Commercial Front

As the old saying goes, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat” (at the risk of offending the animal rights folks), and Turkey is skinning a lot of cats. Ankara’s multifaceted and long-term efforts to improve its image constitute the broader context in which Armenian Genocide denial [more...]

March 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

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