Roots & Routes The Origin and Development of Diasporian Armenian Collective Memory
Karanian, Elyssa Angele
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When I first endeavored to explore Armenian topics, the decision to travel to Armenia seemed rather natural. I felt that regardless of what the final outcome of my paper would be, the trip would provide me an opportunity to view Armenia in an anthropological manner. Shortly after I arrived, I learned that attempting to understand the ways in which Armenian ethnicity was experienced, understood, and conveyed was highly problematic. Hayastansis are not confronted with their Armenian-ness as a Diasporan Armenian would be, or, as many of my informants reported, as they were when they left Armenia to visit another country. They are surrounded by the land and the people, the food and the language; they are there, Armenian culture is everywhere, and there is no immediate need to construct representations of it in order to feel more connected.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2006
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