Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Contemporary Armenian Community in Colorado: Memorialization, Charity, Religion, and Language Preservation
by Manukyan, Anna, M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2019, 58; 13812926
Abstract (Summary)

This paper examines the ways the Armenian diaspora of Colorado preserves its ethnic and cultural identity through activities directed toward the maintenance of memory, self-consciousness, language, religion, and support of the homeland. This thesis explores those ways through the lens of interviews with three immigrant generations of Colorado Armenians. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Armenian diaspora in Colorado is relatively small (2,916 people) in comparison with the largest Armenian diaspora in the U.S., located in California (202,432 people). Nevertheless, it has played a key role in maintenance of Armenianness through such actions as the creation of an Armenian Saturday School in Denver; Armenian Apostolic Churches in Colorado, the installation of a khachkar in honor of the Armenian Genocide; an Armenian Sardarapat Highway sign in Centennial, Colorado, that demonstrate the Armenian nation's victory and survival, and the charity organization SOAR, (Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief), which collects money to benefit people with disabilities in Armenia.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Osterman, Laura
Commitee: Leiderman, Mark, Romanov, Artemi
School: University of Colorado at Boulder
Department: German/Slavic
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: MAI 58/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research
Publication Number: 13812926
ISBN: 978-1-392-24959-8
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