On Saturday, August 22, Mary Terzian was one of two speakers who addressed a capacity audience at a discussion of globalization and the challenges it presents to Armenian women. The event was hosted by the Armenian General Benevolent Union Hye Geen in Pasadena.
Although Armenian, Mary grew up Egypt and then traveled extensively while employed by the World Health Organization before finally settling in the United States. She is the author of two books, The Immigrant's Daughter (2005) and Politically Homeless, just published in June.
WCW's Hong-My Basrai, who is Vietnamese, attended the event and wrote about the experience in a post titled, Globalization and Women. She felt somewhat out of place, but not for the first time: "I had been among Vietnamese and felt totally lost... I had taken meal in a group of Indians and was left invisible because I did not look and talk the same way as the majority. I had been to writers' conference and struggled to participate because I was definitely an odd sample among Caucasians and veteran writers. ... Globalization. It will be a steep climb uphill. But it is here to stay."
Here is a summary of Mary's speech...
The Case for Globalization and the Role of Armenian Women
by Mary Terzian