Articles by Lalai Manjikian

About Lalai Manjikian (31 Articles)
Lalai Manjikian holds a PhD in Communication Studies from McGill University (2013). She currently teaches in the Humanities department at Vanier College in Montreal. Lalai writes and teaches in the areas of human migration, refugee social exclusion and inclusion, the ethics of migration, media and migration, intercultural communication, and diaspora studies. She is the author of Collective Memory and Home in the Diaspora: The Armenian Community in Montreal (2008). Lalai writes a monthly column, titled “Scattered Beads” for the Armenian Weekly.

Manjikian: An Early March Morning

It’s close to 4 a.m. I hear small cries as I emerge from a deep sleep. The sounds are not urgent or dramatic yet. Before they escalate, I know it is time for me to cradle your warm little body in my arms pressed against my chest. I force my eyes open and stumble to reach your crib and bring you [more...]

March 17, 2016 // 10 Comments

Building Bridges: From Kayseri to Kigali

Special for the Armenian Weekly Nothing makes genocide more real than looking into the eyes of someone who has survived the unthinkable. I am always at a loss for words when I meet genocide survivors. What can I possibly say to them given what they have gone through? The author with François [more...]

July 2, 2014 // 3 Comments

Kessab: Deep Roots Under Attack

This article is the second in a two part series written by Armenian Weekly columnist Lalai Manjikian. To read part I, click here. Every fall, my father who was born in Kessab, plants tulip bulbs in his Montreal garden, miles away from his ancestral land. I like to think he does so in an unspoken [more...]

March 25, 2014 // 7 Comments

Kessab: Deep Roots amid Fallen Leaves

This article is the first in a two part series written by Armenian Weekly columnist Lalai Manjikian. Part II will be posted tomorrow, March 25. To read part two, click here. It is that autumn season again in Montreal when fallen leaves brighten the city. Nothing burdens me right now, as I feel the [more...]

March 24, 2014 // 11 Comments

All Roads Lead to Refugees

I have always been drawn to the themes of uprooting, displacement, border-crossing, and the ongoing connections between old and new homes. Perhaps because I carry some degree of transmitted trauma associated with forced displacement, I’ve been propelled into wanting to understand how humans [more...]

February 10, 2014 // 8 Comments

Hamazkayin Forum 2012 in Armenia: Calling all University Students

If you have never been to Armenia or have visited before and are looking for a trip that is centered around our centuries-old riches and cultural gems, then look no further. For the past 17 years, the Hamazkayin Student Cultural Forum has created the opportunity for hundreds of young Armenian [more...]

June 11, 2012 // 0 Comments

Manjikian: Facing Your History

I am far from being a historian, but it is safe to claim that we all have a history. And there are various types of stories that characterize our existence—personal, medical, family, cultural, religious, and racial, to name but a few. A part of my own story, of where my life journey has taken me, [more...]

January 30, 2012 // 10 Comments

Kessab Roots: A Survivor’s Story

As a Diasporan Armenian connected to Armenia, as well as historical Armenia (currently in Turkey), part of the multitude of attachments I carry is with Kessab, a region and a town located in the northwestern part of Syria, on the Mediterranean Sea, at the Turkish border. Apparently, it has been [more...]

November 19, 2011 // 19 Comments

Manjikian: Tradition and Togetherness, and ‘Kermesse’

As certain neighborhoods of London were rising up, in large part due to social inequalities and racial tensions, I couldn’t help but wonder about how some governments and municipalities address cultural difference in their cities. Multi-ethnic communities and public spaces are said to be [more...]

September 6, 2011 // 0 Comments

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Manjikian: All in a Day’s Train Ride

Some days on the commuter train are more interesting than others. A few weeks ago, as usual, I took the commuter train home from the downtown station. I was in store for an eye-opening trip, little did I know. Living in a part of town where the Armenian population is relatively dense, I am used to [more...]

July 15, 2011 // 3 Comments

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