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2010-04-25 | News
Results of the first session of the scientific workshop on “Preservation of Features of Armenian Identity in Mixed Marriages” were summed up

Director of the History Institute at the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, Doctor of Historical Sciences and staff member of the academy Ashot Melkonyan moderated the first April 25 session of the scientific workshop on “Preservation of Features of Armenian Identity in Mixed Marriages” organized by the RA Ministry of Diaspora.

 

Welcoming the participants, Melkonyan talked about the impact of the environment on the formation of identity and considered imperiling the preservation of features of Armenian identity as a result of mixed marriages.

 

Staff member of the History Institute at the National Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Historical Sciences Edward Melkonyan gave a speech on “Mixed marriages and national identity in the Armenian Diaspora: a view from Yerevan”. He presented statistics on the number of mixed marriages of Armenians in the former USSR, the USA, Canada and a number of European countries. The speaker said he was concerned about the fact that mixed marriages contribute to the process of ethno-cultural assimilation.

 

Candidate of historical sciences, staff member of YSU and the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography at the National Academy of Sciences Mkhitar Gabrielyan gave a speech on “Mixed marriages as a social-cultural phenomenon and studies on mixed marriages in the genealogical sense”. Viewing the phenomenon in that sense, Gabrielyan attached importance to the need for specific statistics and general mapping. The speaker considered the Armenian youth’s repudiation of national-cultural values with the consideration of integrating into the new ethnic environment and speeding the adaptation process as dangerous, especially for the youth that have recently left Armenia.

 

Candidate of Historical Sciences, staff member of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography at the National Academy of Sciences Armenuhi Stepanyan gave a speech on “Mixed Diaspora Armenian families during the 1946-1948 immigration”. Stepanyan touched upon the issues of integration of mixed families that have immigrated to Armenia which emerged as a result of differences between Eastern and Western Armenians living in different environments.

 

Doctor of Historical Sciences, staff member of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography at the National Academy of Sciences Lilia Vardanyan ended the first part of the first session with her speech on “Some views on mixed marriages within the Armenian community of Los Angeles”. Vardanyan touched upon the issue of the existence of discrimination between “Hayastantsi” (Armenians of Armenia), “Parskahay” (Persian Armenians) and “Akhpar” (Armenians from the West) within the Armenian community of Los Angeles. Mrs. Vardanyan attached importance to the fact that the local Armenians try to preserve the national identity while striving to integrate into the society and environment of the country of residence.

 

The session was followed by a discussion with the active participation of Diaspora Armenian participants.

 

Summing up the results of the first session, moderator A. Melkonyan deemed it necessary to restore the once predominant mentality that “marriage with an Armenian is the primary guarantee for having a strong and healthy family.”

 

 

 

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ARMENIAN YOUTH ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA


Dear compatriots,


I cordially congratulate the Armenian Youth Association of California on its 25th anniversary.

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His Beatitude Archbishop

Nourhan Manougian, 

Distinguished Reuven Amitai,

Dear participants,

 

Yesterday, on April 24th, our compatriots around the world and the progressive representatives of hundreds of countries paid their deep and sincere respects to the memory of the innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide.