Yesterday marked the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, when the killings of 1.5 million Armenians commenced in the Ottoman Empire, lasting until 1923.
My father is an Armenian from Iran, and my grandparents were Armenians from Georgia and Iran.
I grew up in the diaspora landscape of the Los Angeles area, a place rich with Armenian heritage. 130,000 people marched there yesterday to commemorate the centennial, as seen here in the photo of Hollywood Blvd.
As descendants of the Armenian diaspora, we have cherished and cradled our parents’ expatriation. Our gratitude is particularly deep now, 100 years after our grandparents and great-grandparents experienced the genocide.
Please read about it, here, on the website of On Being with Krista Tippett.