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Once Junk Mail Now Historical Rarity

September 8, 2011


In dentistry or at work cleaning is always a good idea.  In 1997 the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago  was in the middle of an architectural renovation.  So, everything was being moved out.   A storage closet used for large framed artwork that was rarely ever used was among […]

UAArt: Born In Cold To Warm Through Arts

August 23, 2011


Long Russian winters provoke all sorts of endeavors. Locals find their comfort in ice-cold vodka and old folk songs, chastushki. Members of the International Women’s Club (IWC) in Moscow found a solution using a slightly different combination and experimented with arts and diplomacy. The United Ambassadors of Art (UAArt) was created. UAArt brings together arts […]

Kamishibai for Kids & in Manufacturing

August 11, 2011


Bang-bang, bang- bang. The loud noise of the wooden clappers, hyoshigi (hyo-shigi), signaled the beginning of the Japanese story. It wasn’t your ordinary book reading session. It was Kamishibai “paper drama”. About twenty kids, with their parents, gathered at the Japanese American Service Committee in Chicago to get something their parents in the United States […]

Armenians In Ottoman Empire Through Postcards

May 24, 2011


Each of us got one black and white post card. As we peered at the copies of picturesque landscapes and faces of our ancestors, Osman Köker, founder of BirzamanlarYayincilik (Once Upon a Time) Publications opened his notes. “Have you ever been to Turkey?” asked Köker with his weighty Turkish accent resonating from under his thick […]

Calm ChinaPhobia

May 16, 2011


Walmart has announced that it is making a shift from “Made in China” to “Made in US”.  Good news for US local business. However, this move of a notoriously tightfisted retailer signals to me that China and anything associated with it has become a tool to propagate fear at home. So, I decided to pull […]

The New Face of the Middle East

April 20, 2011


Youthful, rebellious, romantic young people in trendy sunglasses, and stylish jeans who share their experiences with university students overseas through Skype . Sounds like you or someone you know? Well, this is the new Middle East. “Young people will be the voice and the face of Islam and Muslims now,” says Asad Jafri, Director of […]

X-Cultural Flexibility

June 12, 2010


My brother, nicknamed Tant – short for our family name – is an international student at Brandeis University working on his Masters Degree in International Business. Born and raised in Armenia, he has lived in Canada, Russia and England. For as long as I can remember, he has been enrolled in head-spinning projects and progressive […]