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SCARS OF INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA
Armenians have suffered intergenerational trauma in the wake of the Armenian Genocide. Misak Khachatryan, a therapist and doctoral candidate in clinical psychology, describes how intergenerational trauma peeks its head out in Armenian life:
Khachatryan is the one behind the page, Armenian Mental Health on Instagram. His page serves as a platform for mental health help and awareness across the Armenian community. “Mental health is generally important, but it’s especially so for our culture and our community. We’ve been through a lot historically, yet we don’t really talk about it and how it impacts us and our emotions,” says Khachatryan.
He explains that his goal was to “try to get people to talk, be aware and to learn about psychology and mental health to reduce the stigma.” Khachatryan noticed that Armenian Mental Health was “becoming an online hub where people can come for resources.” Especially after the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) war, Khachatryan’s job was to connect those seeking mental help with diaspora therapists working with people in Armenia.
“With the intergenerational trauma, the [Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) War] brought it out,” says Khachatryan, in reference to...
DISTRICT PROPOSES REOPENING SCHOOLS POST-BREAK
The Burbank Unified School District (BUSD) proposed a limited in-school learning plan to the Burbank Teachers Association (BTA) on March 8. Burbank employees caught wind of the plan through an email sent out the very same day.
Initially, the in-person model was going to be available for specialized student populations...
Return to In-Person Activities
On Friday, March 13th, 2020 our School lives took an unprecedented hit. After one entire year of distance learning, we have now something to genuinely look forward to. Throughout our online adventure, we have hoped, wished, and prayed countless times that it would all go back to normal. Towards the end of last semester, we were filled with ecstasy with just the thought of going back. However, after the inevitable number of parties during Thanksgiving and the holiday season, it was simply not safe. And now, one year later, we have a high probability of going back to what we used to call, normal.
CITY COUNCIL TO VOTE ON RECOGNIZING ARTSAKH
In a City Council meeting on March 2, the City of Burbank voted 5-0 to pass a resolution terminating the friendship city status Burbank has with the town Hadrut in Nagorno-Karabakh. Along with the resolution, they weighed the prospect of articulating the municipality’s support of the recognition of Artsakh’s sovereignty in a resolution expected to be adopted unanimously at...
ACDD Holds Panel Discussion on post-war Artsakh
The ACDD (Artsakh Cultural Defense Division) held a panel discussion on the 26th of February regarding Artsakh post-war. The ACDD is a division under the BSA meant to preserve the culture and history of Artsakh, as well as to educate on current ongoings in the region.
Chairman Tony Ordoukhanian shares that the division had a rough start during final exams and the second BSA Congressional Elections, and later brainstormed, “What if we had a discussion on post-war Artsakh?” The discussion included Geopolitical Analyst Rich Elmoyan, PCC Political Science professor...
Armenia Not Reason For Halted Arms Sale to Turkey
Congress has cut out Turkey from their F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program in an attempt to halt Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 missiles. To further understand Turkey’s expulsion, one must examine the recent and often turbulent history of the two NATO members with Russia.
A Tale of Two Allies: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was formed in 1949 as a collective security organization against a Soviet threat. Initially, NATO...
Vaccine Being Distributed
10 months after being declared a national pandemic, the coronavirus has two viable vaccines approved for distribution by the Food and Drug Association (FDA).
Pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech produced a vaccine on Dec. 11 which has been authorized for use under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to combat the infection of coronavirus in individuals 16 years of age and older. Data shows that the vaccine becomes effective soon after the first dose. This vaccine requires two injections be given 21 days apart. 95 percent of people who take this vaccine are protected...
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BUSD Removes Books With 'N-Word' From Curriculum
On Fri. Nov. 27, Superintendent Matt Hill sent out an email to BUSD responding to the complaints received about core novels. This list of core novels that was commented upon includes The Cay; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; To Kill a Mockingbird; Huckleberry Finn and Of Mice and Men...
District Stops All Athletic Practices
Burbank Unified School District’s decision to suspend the conditioning season for sports was made known in an email from the principal of Burbank High school, Thomas Crowther. The Board of Education will continue to work with the “District, the Pacific League and the CIF Southern Section” in the hopes of making the competition season possible while taking the needed measures.
Evidently, this has sparked some disappointment in student athlete families. To address the opposition from those involved
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