First Impressions: What’s an Armenian?

Special for the Armenian Weekly For me, every initial interaction is the same: “Nareg, hmmmm. I’m sorry… Am I saying that correctly? How do you spell it?” “No, you’re not saying it correctly, but it’s OK, Joe (or another unfairly-easy-to-pronounce-name), it’s spelled N as in [more...]

July 31, 2017 // 17 Comments

The Lisbon Five: Exemplifying Sacrifice and Dedication

By Alik Ourfalian What would you do if you were bleeding out on a crowded street, but nobody paid attention to your cry for help? If hundreds of people were walking right by you, but nobody cared enough to help? If the person who stabbed you was walking among them, but nobody confronted him? If you [more...]

July 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

A Pakistani’s Love Letter to Armenian Pop Music and TV

  By Sarmad Iqbal Special for the Armenian Weekly Barev dzez (hello), to all my Armenian friends who will be reading my love letter to their country’s pop music and TV series. Although my country, Pakistan, doesn’t have any sort of formal diplomatic relations with Armenia because of [more...]

July 27, 2017 // 10 Comments

Armenian Genocide Reparations: An Absolute Must

I found the article “Before We Talk about Genocide Reparations, There Is Another Accounting Due” by Henry Theriault an intellectually challenging read that raised several questions in my mind. His philosophy background, vast experience, and involvement in issues related to genocide, and unique [more...]

July 24, 2017 // 11 Comments

Fatherland: Hairenik

  By Hagop Housbian University of La Verne—Class of 2018 ANCA Leo Sarkisian Internship Participant, 2017 It was the 18th of June, Father’s Day. I was sitting in Terminal 6 at LAX, anxiously waiting to board the plane to head out to Washington D.C. for the first time. I could not wait to [more...]

July 24, 2017 // 2 Comments

On Language: The Identity-Forming Element

Special for the Armenian Weekly  The colloquial language of my hometown, Gyumri, is a concoction of the dialects brought from historic Erzurum and Kars, mixed with the occasional Turkish of the borderland, and peppered with Russian influences stemming from a Russian military presence in the city [more...]

July 20, 2017 // 5 Comments

I am Nareg

Special for the Armenian Weekly When I was three, my younger sister Sareen would follow me around everywhere. She was only 18 months old and called me “Daga.” “I am not Daga,” I would admonish quietly. “I am Nareg.” Even at the tender age of three, I understood that I had a lifetime of [more...]

July 13, 2017 // 7 Comments

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