Director of Armenian Independent Broadcasting of Boston hosted at RA Ministry of Diaspora

On October 5, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan received founder of the Armenian Independent Broadcasting of Boston Yevgine Gharibian, who is the wife of co-founder of the St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School (the only Armenian school in Boston) Jerair Gharibian.

Minister Hranush Hakobyan greeted the guest and mentioned the following: “For the past 37 years, your family-run radio station has been contributing to preservation of the Armenian identity far away from the Homeland. Unfortunately, the large Armenian community of Boston does not have enough media outlets, but your radio station manages to provide our compatriots with news from Armenia and make the Armenian language heard every week. I am sorry that your worthy husband, Jerair passed away prematurely, but you continue his inmost efforts.” The Minister urged the guest to talk a lot about repatriation and the return to the roots during the radio shows and present repatriate Armenians and their successes in the Mother Homeland as examples.

Minister Hranush Hakobyan awarded Yevgine Gharibian with the “Ambassador of the Mother Language” Medal of the RA Ministry of Diaspora for her significant contributions to maintenance of the purity of the Armenian language in the Diaspora and for contributing to the development of the Armenia-Diaspora partnership.

Expressing gratitude for the high award, Yevgine Gharibian talked about the problems of the Armenian community of Boston and the activities that the community carries out in order to preserve the Armenian identity. “There used to be a ‘constellation’ of Armenian American intellectuals who lived and worked in Boston. Unfortunately, that is in the past. Armenian schools are at risk, but we try to make sure the Armenians of Boston don’t assimilate,” Mrs. Gharibian stated and promised to work more closely with the Ministry of Diaspora by presenting the Ministry’s programs for national preservation and homeland recognition via the Armenian Independent Broadcasting of Boston.

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