It wasn’t supposed to turn out like this. This wasn’t how it was scripted.
On the edge of this multicultural metropolis, miles shy of the suburban promises of Americana in Orange County, thousands of cars have come to a halt on a massive multilaned interstate in Buena Park. Cars, new and old, foreign and domestic, weave an incomprehensible tale of multicultural harmony in our globalized 21st century.
As American-Armenians honor all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation on this Veterans Day, Asbarez wanted to share the story of a member of its own family who is now serving our country in the Army. Asbarez’s broadcast affiliate Horizon Armenian Television viewers are familiar with Hayk Tovmasyan’s name and face. He anchored the news daily from August 2006 until April 2011. Asbarez’s Paul Chaderjian interviewed Hayk and his wife Mari (nee Gezalyan) about his decision to join the Army and what life for them is like in the military.
BY PAUL CHADERJIAN
Once there were and there were not…
Trade winds keep the Tiki lounge overlooking Waikiki breezy and cool. Frozen and blended tropical drinks with rum, strawberries and bananas have made everyone giddy.
“To free and fair elections,” says one of them.
They laugh and drink.
“Wait, wait,” says another. “To the Genocide museum in DC.”
They take another [...]
On this small island in the middle of the Pacific, you’re bound to eventually run into someone you know or run out of land if you just keep going. You’re bound to speak pidgin and start saying ‘howzit’ and ‘bra’ and see the cast and crew of “Hawaii Five-O” in action. Or you may be forced to stare right into the dark eyes of the Armenian Genocide.
Some days the Sun seems closer to the Earth. Rays push down like a hundred pound weight. Temperatures soar past 99 degrees. Circulation, respiration, neurons, and cells work overtime, in concert, to keep us functional. We thirst for water, for ice. We crave for shade, for air-conditioning. We want to slow down, to sleep.