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Letter to the Editor: Armenia Will Always Feel Like Armenia?

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A view of Yerevan from the Cafesjian Museum of Art (Photo: Serouj)

Dont have expectations of Armenia to make you feel a certain way. She doesnt owe us any particular experience when we choose to visit

In the article Why Did Armenia Not Feel Like Armenia? the author states that he has no answers to give to the disillusioned locals he comes across while in Yerevan. I would suggestfirst and foremostto change our own mindset, before advising others.

The importance of the type of mindset adopted by Diasporans with regard to Armenia cannot be overstated.

I urge us to see Armenia as our active partner, rather than as a distant charity case.

I urge us to see her as a burgeoning young state, with endless possibilities, and so much to offer to this world.

I urge us to be visionariesto never stop in the face of discouragement, never surrender or lose faith when hitting a wall, never waver in our commitment to progress. Through this lens, we can see the potential for something great, even if it isnt right in front of us just yet.

The author states that he doesnt know what the future holds for these people in Armenia, and isnt sure if anyone does. Yet, it is so clear that the people of Armenia, in cooperation with their brothers and sisters from the Diaspora, will determine their own future.

We see the power of their will through countless social and political movements that fight tirelessly against injustices.

We see it through great endeavors like the Ayb School, UWC Dilijan, the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies, Impact Hub Yerevan, Birthright Armenia, and the many buzzing tech startups in the country.

We see it through the scores of willing repatriates ready to make an impact on Armenias development.

And the list goes on…

The Diasporas perception of Armenia mustas matter of survivalunequivocally reject feelings of hopelessness, defeatism, and gross oversimplifications.

Im not advocating for naivety or ignorance of real issues that Armenia faces. However, progress doesnt come easy, and we must be wholeheartedly committed to a positive mindset in order keep moving forward against all odds. Our shortcomings dont define us; they push us to work harder and be greater.

I also visited Armenia this summer. Each of my visitseach with its own unique experiences makes me fall more deeply in love with this country, which isabove all descriptionsours.

Sanan Shirinian,
Orange County, Calif.






Letter to the Editor A view of Yerevan from the Cafesjian Museum of Art (Photo: Serouj) Dont have expectations of Armenia to make you feel a certain way. She doesnt owe us any particular experience when we choose to visit In the article Why Did Armenia Not Feel Like Armenia? the author states that he has no answers to give to the disillusioned locals he comes across while in Yerevan. I would suggestfirst and foremostto change our own mindset, before advising others. The importance of the type of mindset adopted by Diasporans with regard to Armenia cannot be overstated. I urge us to see Armenia as our active partner, rather than as a distant charity case. I urge us to see her as a burgeoning young state, with endless possibilities, and so much to offer to this world. I urge us to be visionariesto never stop in the face of discouragement, never surrender or lose faith when hitting a wall, never waver in our commitment to progress. Through this lens, we can see the potential for something great, even if it isnt right in front of us just yet. The author states that he doesnt know what the future holds [...]
Letter to the Editor A view of Yerevan from the Cafesjian Museum of Art (Photo: Serouj) Dont have expectations of Armenia to make you feel a certain way. She doesnt owe us any particular experience when we choose to visit In the article Why Did Armenia Not Feel Like Armenia? the author states that he has no answers to give to the disillusioned locals he comes across while in Yerevan. I would suggestfirst and foremostto change our own mindset, before advising others. The importance of the type of mindset adopted by Diasporans with regard to Armenia cannot be overstated. I urge us to see Armenia as our active partner, rather than as a distant charity case. I urge us to see her as a burgeoning young state, with endless possibilities, and so much to offer to this world. I urge us to be visionariesto never stop in the face of discouragement, never surrender or lose faith when hitting a wall, never waver in our commitment to progress. Through this lens, we can see the potential for something great, even if it isnt right in front of us just yet. The author states that he doesnt know what the future holds [...]
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