Research Project to Explore Armenian Presence in China

BEIJING, China—The Gulbenkian Foundation announced this month that former Armenian Weekly Editor Khatchig Mouradian was awarded a fellowship to study the Armenian presence in China.

The aim of the fellowship is to prepare the first phase of a longer term research project on the history of the community. Mouradian will be conducting research in China, the UK, and the U.S., and will prepare a research report.

Mouradian is the coordinator of the Armenian Genocide Program at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University, where he also teaches in the history and sociology departments as adjunct professor.

Xi Yang, a Ph.D. candidate in Armenian studies at UCLA, also received a fellowship. His work will focus on Chinese-language documents. Yang holds a master’s in Iranian studies from the School of Foreign Languages at Peking University in China.

Seeking Armenians with family connections to China

Mouradian is currently conducting research and oral history interviews with individuals who have a family history connected to the Chinese-Armenian community, according to ChinaHay, an online portal of the Armenian community of China and Hong Kong, on its website.

To contact Mouradian regarding his research and the oral history interviews, e-mail


  1. My DNA is 17% Asia Minor & 2% of Near Eastern which I understand to be Chinese . I would like to find my Chinese Ancestors . Plz keep me informed of this research . Thank You

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