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.
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Manjikian: A Post-Protocol Reaction: What Defines the Diaspora?

“Instead of being the coordinated crystallization of the people’s innermost aspirations, instead of being the most tangible, immediate product of popular mobilization, national consciousness is nothing but a crude, empty, fragile shell. The cracks in it explain how easy it is for young [more...]

October 28, 2009 // 3 Comments

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Manjikian: Beads on Fire

In my everyday life, I am an advocate for dialogue. In most cases, I prefer addressing issues head on, as diplomatically as possible, of course, although being fully aware that all hell can break loose. This approach is likely to generate strong emotions, tension, conflict, and pain, and may not [more...]

September 22, 2009 // 1 Comment

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Manjikian: Worried Beads: The Future of the Diaspora

The Population Reference Bureau projects that the global population will reach 7 billion in 2011. This growth is measured based on several variables, including birth and mortality rates, as well as migration patterns. Is there a bureau somewhere that can project the future of the Armenian Diaspora? [more...]

August 29, 2009 // 5 Comments

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When Beads Collide

I confess I am one of the few who stay behind in the movie theater to watch the credits roll. Sure, I am interested in the production value linked to cinematography, having majored in communication studies. Deep down though, I cannot deny that I am watching out for names ending in “ian” or [more...]

August 4, 2009 // 5 Comments

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Dispersed Continuity: From Montréal to Marseille

A self does not amount to much, but no self is an island; each exists in a fabric of relations that is now more complex and mobile than ever before. –Jean-François Lyotard I consider myself, similar to countless other diasporans, to be a global nomad. I have more than one home due to various [more...]

June 22, 2009 // 2 Comments

Borderline Beads

I have a fascination with borders. Movement, escape, freedom, confinement, walls, death, the Rio Grande River, and legal and illegal crossings, are just some of the realities that hover around and on borders. Generally, a border is a fine line where a high level of intense activity occurs, not only [more...]

June 2, 2009 // 4 Comments

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‘Bad’ Beads

One cannot begin to understand today’s Armenian Diaspora without addressing the Armenian massacres and genocide that took place towards the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. While an Armenian Diaspora existed well before the genocide of 1915, a considerable number of [more...]

April 23, 2009 // 6 Comments

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Summoning the Beads

Oct. 1, 2008 is a historic day for Armenians worldwide. On that day, the government of the Republic of Armenia introduced the Diaspora Ministry in charge of Armenia’s relations with its global diaspora. The ministry’s aim is to further strengthen the ties between the diaspora communities around [more...]

March 25, 2009 // 1 Comment

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Searching for a Home in the Diaspora

French poet Charles Baudelaire once said, “It seems to me that I would always be better off where I am not, and this question of moving is one of those I discuss incessantly with my soul.” Camp Haiastan in Massachusetts, the Hamazkayin “Ani” Dance Ensemble in Montreal, the AYF globally, the [more...]

March 16, 2009 // 1 Comment

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