The 28th Annual Chinggis Khaan Memorial Ceremony
The 28th Annual Chinggis Khaan Memorial Ceremony was held on Saturday, November 7th at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal. To see photos of the event, visit the 2015 Chinggis Khaan Ceremony Gallery here. The full program from the ceremony is also available here, with descriptions of each of the performers.
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Many thanks to our reader Khishigsuren Vaughn, a doctorate candidate in linguistics from Ulaanbaatar University in Mongolia, for contributing another one of her well-written essays to the eTolbo. We welcome submissions from all our readers, so if you have anything you wish to share, please contact MACA through email indicating your interest, and we will respond to you as soon as possible!
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Focus on Language Under Illumination of Democracy
Written by Khishigsuren Vaughn
Abstract: Democracy has shifted Mongolian politics and economy into a globally accepted model and as a result commercial reform has taken place in all sectors including mining. Democracy has facilitated culture exchanges and lifestyle changes over the last 25 years. [...] But light has its shadow. There is no denying the negative impacts followed by rapid development and outburst of social changes.
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As Many as 30 Hazaras Kidnapped in Southern Afghanistan
Abstract: As many as 30 Hazaras were kidnapped by militants in Southern Afghanistan Saturday November 21, 2015. This marks a continuation of ongoing kidnappings of Hazaras by militants some of whom are affiliates of ISIS. While some previous Hazaras have been freed in the past many victims have also been executed by their captors. Hazaras comprise between 5 and 10% of Afghanistan’s population and are its most heavily persecuted ethnic group.
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Mongol Heritage Foundation Organizes Meeting of Area Mongol Groups at the Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the United Nations
On October 26th 2015 the Mongol Heritage Foundation organized a historic meeting at the Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the United Nations in New York City to introduce the recently named ambassador to the United Nations, His Excellency Mr. Sukhbold Sukhee. His Excellency Mr. Purevsuren Lundeg, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, and His Excellency Mr. Altangerel Bulgaa, Ambassador of Mongolia to the United States were also in attendance. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the United Nations presided the meeting. Leaders from several Mongolian-American diasporic groups attended the meeting, marking the first time these groups met directly with the Minister of Foreign Affairs all together; MACA was represented by Mr. Chinggeltu Borjiged, Mr. Tony Ettinger, and Mr. Palgi Gyamcho.
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Mongolia’s First Specialist Record Store Opens in Ulaanbaatar
Abstract: Mr. Batbold Bavuu opened Mongolia’s first specialist record store earlier this year. With an inventory of over 3,000 vinyl records the store has quickly gained popularity among the city’s foreign residents and tourists. It is now becoming increasingly popular among Mongolians. The owner studied sound engineering in London before returning to Mongolia.
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The Genocide of the Hazaras
At the 2014 Chinggis Khaan Ceremony, the keynote speaker Professor Nicholas Gier delivered a speech entitled "The Hazaras of Afghanistan: Their Origins, History and Religious Persecution". Below is a link to view a written piece based off of his speech.
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Tibetan Monk Banished from Tuva
Abstract: Geshe Shiwalha Rinpoche, a Tibetan monk who enjoys a large following in Tuva, was banished from Russia in September, 2015. Rinpoche traveled regularly to Russia since 2004 and delivered numerous sermons about Buddhism in Tuva. The 48 year old monk believes he is the reincarnation of a Tuvan and sought Russian citizenship in 2014. The reason for his banishment remain unclear.
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Kalmyk Diaspora Archiving Project: From Pastoral Nomadism to Global Urbanism
A new cultural program has been inaugurated to assist the Kalmyk diaspora community to preserve its heritage. Responding to a request from a Kalmyk scholar in Elista, the New Jersey Folk Festival and its founder Angus K. Gillespie, have gathered a team of scholars and activists to help develop a Kalmyk Diaspora Archiving Project (KDAP).
An integral part of KDAP is an exhibit featuring archival materials. The core of the exhibit will consist of 10 banners delineating subject areas such as: Women as Preservers of Kalmyk Culture, Religion, Kalmyk Tea, Literature, the Ger, From Nomadism to Urbanism, among others. Each banner will indicate the different aspects of the theme with use of images from as many examples of materials involved in the Archive Project as possible.
The opening ceremonies for the exhibit, entitled From Pastoral Nomadism to Global Urbanism, are scheduled to take place on Friday, March 25, between 5:00 and 7:00 at the Douglass Library of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Further details will be made available as the opening date approaches. Inquiries should be sent to the Project Director Nikolai Burlakoff at email@example.com.
Follow the project on Facebook here
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“Mongolian Saturday” Wins World Breeder’s Cup in Kentucky
Abstract: Despite being given 15-1 odds “Mongolian Saturday” won the Breeeder’s Cup in Kentucky on October 31, 2015. The horse is owned by Mr. Ganbaatar Dagvadorj from Mongolia. The victory marks both Mongolia’s debut and its first win at the prestigious Kentucky race.
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AoS and the World Hazara Council Will Work Together