Author Archives: Alex DerAlexanian

Proposal to Create a Framework Uniting Diaspora Armenians

Armenians are great believers in national unity. Actually, they are obsessed with it. Yet, despite all the talk about unifying the Armenian people, writing fiery poems and singing patriotic songs about the benefits of unity, this most cherished dream remains elusive. Examples of failed attempts at unity are aplenty. Even in perilous times, Armenians have remained at odds and marched to the beat of different drummers.

APS Presents Green Symposium Featuring Lisa Kalustian

The Armenian Professional Society (APS) will present a Green Symposium featuring a special presentation on California’s Green Initiative by Lisa Kalustian, Chief Deputy Director of the Los Angeles Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The presentation will be held at the monthly APS dinner meeting on Friday, February 26, at 7:30 pm at the Brandview Collection in Glendale.

Vahe Berberian: The Art and the Artist

It was my usual Thursday afternoon. I was at work about to go home when I received a text message from my sister inviting me to attend Vahe Berberian’s one-man show titled ‘Sաgաyn’. At this point I knew very little about Berberian; just the occasional YouTube clip promoting one of his plays or a friend mentioning his name in passing. In spite of this, I decided to attend the show and see what all the excitement was about. At the show, I was blown away with his hilarious monologue. His fresh and unique perspective on society, life, and the Armenian community captivated the sold-out audience and filled the venue with laughter.

Remembering Unger Mgouch

On Thursday, January 22, Armenian Revolutionary Federation leader and activist Mgrdich Mdrdichian passed away, leaving a great legacy for future generation and lifetime of memories for those who knew him. He was laid to rest on Saturday, January 31 at Memorial Mass, officiated by Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, at St. Mary’s Church in Glendale

Yerevan State University to Open Diaspora Department

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Yerevan State University will soon establish a new department for Diaspora Studies, Armenian Diaspora Minister Hran’sh Hakobyan announced Friday. The news came during a press conference Friday in which Hakobyan revealed that her Ministry had signed protocols of cooperation with the University, the Armenian Academy of Sciences and the Armenian Writers Union. Hakobyan

Negotiators Say Parties in Karabakh Talks ‘Not There Yet’

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–International mediators have reported an ‘improved mood’ in the ongoing Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations over Nagorno-Karabakh, but said the parties are “not there yet” for an ultimate peace accord. The United States, Russian and French cochairmen of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Minsk Group spoke at a press conference in Yerevan

The Armenian Heqim Part 2

This week we present the conclusion of an interview with traditional medicine healer Dr. Aram Akopyan, whose new wellness clinic opened on June 27 in Glendale. What is Qi? A.Y. Does the concept of qi (pronounced chi), or something similar to it, exist within the Armenian tradition? A.A.: Well, I think that it’s first important