47 episodes

Armenian Enough is about life and identity in the Armenian diaspora.

Armenian Enough Lara Vanian-Green

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 77 Ratings

Armenian Enough is about life and identity in the Armenian diaspora.

    Intergenerational Trauma & The War in Artsakh with Dr. Christie Kederian

    Intergenerational Trauma & The War in Artsakh with Dr. Christie Kederian

    Martin Luther King Jr. once famously said, "In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." How can we, in the Armenian diaspora, cope with the silence of the world as our homeland is under attack? We are outnumbered, outgunned, and dealing with forces much more powerful on the world stage. Azerbaijan (and their ruthless attack on Artsakh) is backed by Turkey, whose President Erdogan has said that they intend to "finish what our grandfathers started," alluding to the Armenian Genocide of 1915. We, second and third generation survivors of this genocide and inheritors of the trauma of our parents and grandparents, are dealing with emotional and phsysiological burdens that are both seen and unseen wounds that are now being torn open anew. How do we build resilience in these trying times? And how do we protect future generations from the same fate? Dr. Christie Kederian, who wrote her doctoral dissertation on the transfer of intergenerational trauma and resilience, through her analysis provides validation and hope for our ability to not just to endure but also to thrive.
    You can reach Dr. Christie on IG at @thedatedoctorchristie or on her website at www.drchristiekederian.com
     

    • 51 min
    100 Years from Home with Lilit Pilikian and Jared White

    100 Years from Home with Lilit Pilikian and Jared White

    100 Years from Home, airing on PBS SoCal on September 1, 2020, is a documentary about an Armenian woman returning to her ancestral homeland on the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, to search for the house her family was forced to flee a century ago.
    Filmmaker Jared White captures both the personal intensity and historical perspective of his wife, Lilit’s, journey. Hear about the challenges and the triumphs they experienced along the way.
    Watch the trailer here: 100yearsfromhome.com
    Reach them on FB @100yearsfromhome and Instagram @100yearsfromhome

    • 1 hr 5 min
    On Being Black and Armenian with Isis Ani Mack

    On Being Black and Armenian with Isis Ani Mack

    Last Fall, when we featured a two-part episode on racism in the Armenian culture [episodes #25 and #26], it was intended to be an ongoing conversation. Given the current momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement and the massive societal shift in consciousness regarding police brutality and systemic racism, we felt that it was more important than ever to hear directly from Black Armenians now.
    Isis Ani Mack is a student of international business and global politics at the University of Nevada, Reno. Our first introduction to Isis was through her essay for @kooyrigs where she shared that when she was a child growing up in Glendale, other Armenian families wouldn't allow their children to play with her because her father was black, and later - how a conversation with an elderly woman in Armenia forever altered her perspective about being a mixed-race Armenian. Hear Isis's story in her own words.
    You can reach Isis directly on IG @_isis_mack

    • 1 hr 10 min
    On Being Black and Armenian with Levon Brunson

    On Being Black and Armenian with Levon Brunson

    Last Fall, when we featured a two-part episode on racism in the Armenian culture [episodes #25 and #26], it was intended to be an ongoing conversation. Given the current momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement and the massive societal shift in consciousness regarding police brutality and systemic racism, we felt that it was more important than ever to hear directly from Black Armenians now.
    Our second bonus episode features Brown University computer-science student, Levon Brunson, who has an enormous passion for Armenian culture, particularly Armenian traditional dance. Our first introduction to Levon was through the article he penned in Massachusetts' The Armenian Weekly newspaper. Hear Levon talk about his experience of being Black and Armenian in his own words.
    You can reach Levon on Instagram @levonbrunson and Facebook @levonbrunson

    • 50 min
    On Being Black and Armenian with Carene Rose Mekertichyan

    On Being Black and Armenian with Carene Rose Mekertichyan

    Last Fall, when we featured a two-part episode on racism in the Armenian culture [episodes #25 and #26], it was intended to be an ongoing conversation. Given the current momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement and the massive societal shift in consciousness regarding police brutality and systemic racism, we felt that it was more important than ever to hear directly from Black Armenians now.
    Our first bonus episode features Carene Rose, an Ivy-league educated actress and activist, who wrote an essay for @kooyrigs which instantly captured our attention. She wrote, "To be a Black Armenian woman is to be the legacy of two failed genocides." Hear Carene's story in her own words.
    Photo credit: Christopher Montgomery
     

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Canines & Armenian Culture with Oknooshoon's Nairi Krafian

    Canines & Armenian Culture with Oknooshoon's Nairi Krafian

    In the United States, as in many other countries, dogs are considered treasured companions and frequently pampered (more than some humans). However, they do not enjoy quite the same reputation in Armenia. Rampant street dogs and a historically agrarian culture have contributed to the low status of canine-Armenians. Oknooshoon (a combination of the word "help" and the word "dog" in Armenian) is a non-profit whose mission it is to change how dogs are perceived in Armenia. Hear Nairi talk about her passion for dogs and their therapeutic benefits as well as her vision for the future of Armenia, in our last episode of Season 2.
     

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

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Awesome podcast!

This podcast is awesome. Great relevant topics! Great conversations and great host!

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Embracing all Armenians

Simple conversations about issues that have been taboo for too long in our community. I love that marginalized voices have a chance to be heard and discussed.

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Engaging

This podcast is fresh and intelligent. It is necessary therapy/education for anyone with even the most tangential assimilation issue. The human connection is informative and engaging.

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