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Armenian Flavors Across America Tell Stories of The Diaspora
January 21, 2020
By Beatrice Alvarez
Chef Marcus Samuelsson might be our new favorite travel companion. We're now in the second season of No Passport Required, in which he travels through cities learning about people's families and cultures by eating their food. He's part historian, part ethnographer, part tour guide, and all foodie. See, he's your new favorite, too.
This week he travelled to Los Angeles and met with Armenian chefs who tell their histories with every dish they create. The episode inspired us to explore flavors of the Armenian diaspora in other cities. It also made us want to learn more about the Armenian Genocide and its lasting impacts. Because while breaking bread (or lavash, in this case) with new friends is the best thing ever, we must acknowledge the horrific past that brought us here today.
No Passport Required: Los Angeles
It is very possible that you have never seen Los Angeles like this. While there is a neighborhood called "Little Armenia," Samuelsson has us crossing freeways and going down dusty roads for incredible meals. You can find recipes for some of the featured dishes here on PBS Food.
Neighborhood Kitchens: Nuran Chavushian / Sevan Bakery
Armenian Blessing of the Grapes Picnic
In Fresno, California, the community is deeply connected to the agricultural calendar. And since the earliest known winery was in Armenia (estimated to be in operation just about 6,100 years ago), it makes sense that the annual blessing of the grapes happily draws Californians of Armenian descent. Explore the entire series from Valley PBS: byYou Diversity, to learn more about life in California's San Joaquin Valley.
Valley of Hope: The Armenian Journey from Terror to Triumph
California's San Joaquin Valley is home to one of the largest Armenian communities. Local station Valley PBS marked the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with this film that brings far away events close to home.
Armenian Genocide: 90 Years Later
in 2019, the University of Minnesota's Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies co-produced this film about the Armenian Genocide with TPT (Twin Cities PBS). In it, we go back to the year 1915 from academic and anecdotal viewpoints.
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