Examining the elements and making connectionsPhoto credit: Norayr Kasper, "I Will Talk to You About Time." Fotoistanbul 2015.
Celebrate St. Sargis/Valentine's Day with the most romantic word in the world The season of love has officially begun! From poems and chocolates to songs and flowers, love birds flex their devotion, in hopes of impressing their "amour." With words like "amour" and "amore," French and Italian have long been regarded as the bastions of romance. But what if I told you an Armenian word that can rival those of her Romance counterparts in expressivity and passion? Curious to know what it is? Read on to find out!
From blackface to 'filthy Armenians': A commentary on Hollywood’s ‘casual’ racism From blackface to “Cowboys vs. Indians,” Hollywood has had a long and troubled history with the way it portrays certain groups of people. As one of the “newer” immigrant groups to the United States, the Armenian community is one of the punchlines du jour in the American entertainment industry. After many decades, it is high time that we collectively demand fairer, more accurate representation on our screens, both big and small.
The dying art of letter writing In this age of go-go-go, time is our biggest commodity and our most precious resource. Yet, for every “upgrade” our high-tech gadgets provide in immediacy, we lose that much in intimacy. What was once the go-to mode for communication, letter writing has been lost to an ever-changing world. But is it really “replaceable?” And why should we even care at all? Experience the author’s journey of uncovering an old family letter, and discover why this neglected art form deserves a զարթօնք (zartonk | renaissance).
Ring in the New Year and Armenian Christmas with our holiday playlist! As we enter the nameless hump period between (Western) Christmas and New Year’s Eve, one may feel a sense of restlessness. But do not cry or pout! Santa Claus may have left town, but Kaghand Papa/Gaghant Baba/Dzmer Papik (Armenian Santa Claus) is on his way for New Year's Eve and Armenian Christmas (Jan. 6). To gear up for the impending festivities, why not keep the holiday cheer rolling with some sweet tunes? Check out our New Year’s Eve playlist!
Top 10 ways to celebrate Thanksgiving—Armenian style! From ghapama to telethons, Armenian Americans have very specific and distinct Thanksgiving traditions. How do you and your family celebrate this American holiday? Check out our Armenian Thanksgiving Guide (in two parts) and let us know how many points you tallied up!
From Western Armenia to New England: De-mythifying Indigenous stories of ‘Thanksgiving’ When you think of Thanksgiving, what comes to mind? The holy trinity of this holiday (food, football, and family) is as American as Mickey Mouse and the Apple logo. But underneath the sweet casserole scents and drowsy poultry meat belies a dark history. Read on to see why we, Armenian-Americans, should reconsider the way we approach this “holiday."
POM at 14: Looking back at the festival’s brightest moments Since 2006, the Pomegranate Film Festival has offered audiences a spectacular array of films and unique programing. Like its fruity namesake, the pomegranate, this film festival is fresh, dynamic, and prolific. Longtime POM committee member Roubina Shnorokian takes a look back at the last 14 years of POM in this h-pem exclusive highlight reel!
An Irish lesson on my Armenian identity Language has always played a major component in our cultural identity as Armenians. But what do other communities have to say about this topic? We reflect on the experiences of the largest American ethnic group—the Irish—and, in doing so, find the commonalities in their struggle and the universal lessons we can take away from history
What’s in a 'hye'-phenated name: Making sense of the kaleidoscope that is Armenian identity Are you of Armenian descent and live in the United States? Do you define yourself as Armenian-American? The difference between these questions may seem subtle, but it sparks two radically divergent conversations, one perhaps more hostile than the other. If you’ve ever been personally attacked by the Regina George of Armenian Identity Labels, you may find some comfort in the following recount. Disclaimer: This article touches upon Armenianness as it pertains to diasporans living in the U.S. Those born and living in Armenia and other parts of the world may have different experiences and approaches to this question that the author does not feel she can speak to, though some of the themes and observations may overlap.