I grew up with some Armenian heritage but far away from any Armenian communities. As an adult, I began exploring Armenianness in my own family and globally, and wrote a master’s thesis about Armenian diasporan identity.
In 2012, I spent two months traveling in Armenia. I highly recommend it.
My current project is a non-fiction book connecting my family’s Armenianness to Armenia itself. I hope to publish it in 2015 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. One of my goals is to raise awareness of the importance of genocide recognition, as the Armenian genocide is still denied by Turkey’s government. The book also explores the reverberations of ethnic hatred in an effort to propose alternative points of view.