Hello and thank you for your interest in the Armenian Diaspora project.
The Armenian community is one of the world's great diasporas, with 8 million Armenians living in over 85 countries across the globe and only 3 million Armenians in the Republic of Armenia. Over the past three thousand years, waves of migrants have left their ancestral home following ancient trade and pilgrimage routes and fleeing massacres and genocide, revolution and civil wars. Wherever they settled many of these Armenians tried to keep their communities intact, building churches, schools, and clubs, all with the aim of keeping their children “Armenian”, while also settling into their new homes in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, while others began the process of assimilation immediately.
As an Armenian-American myself, I have always wondered about myself and my fellow Armenians. What do we have in common? How are we different? Do we have more in common with our fellow Armenians in other countries than we do with others in our adopted homelands? What have we kept and what have we lost? What does it mean to be Armenian?
I am now working on project on the diaspora that would mix photography (images can be seen at www.scouttufankjian.com) and interviews to try to answer these questions for all of us and for our descendants. In order to do this, I will need help from all of you. Please become a part of this project by filling out this questionnaire, so that we can start to build a portrait of where our community today.
Please fill out this questionnaire to the best of your abilities. There are five pages of questions, and if you need to skip a question, that's fine (although obviously, it would be great if you could do the whole thing). If you do skip a section, please make sure that you go to the end and click the "done" button before logging out. You can always go back and fill it out again (and if you write your name I will collect all of the results so you don't have to keep answering questions over and over).
Also – if you feel more comfortable writing in your native language feel free to do so. I'm also working on getting the survey translated so that it can have a greater reach.