Hizmet ettikleri toplumu anlamanin FBI olarak gorevlerinin en buyuk parcalarindan biri oldugunu belirten Martinez, bu tur etkinliklerin kendileri icin firsat olusturdugunu, bu nedenle festivalde kendilerinin de bir stant actigini kaydetti. FBI, festivaldeki standinda ozellikle gelecekte kurumda calismayi dusunebilecek genclerin ilgisini cekmeye calisiyor.
“ABD’deki en buyuk Turk festivalinin, Turk toplumunun degil, Ermeni toplumunun en fazla sayida oldugu bir kentte duzenlenmesinin tesaduf olmadigi” da ifade edilen yazida, “Ermenilerin, onlari (Turkleri) endiselendirdigini dusunmek bir teselli olabilir, ancak kamuoyu popularite yarismasinda oyle gorunuyor ki biz cok geride kaldik ve savasi kaybediyoruz” denildi.
Los Angeles Times gazetesi de dunku baskisinda festivali tanitan bir yaziya yer verdi.
Subject:This makes me feel good
Date: Friday, May 7, 2010, 9:28 PM
Turkish government does a lot of things that you and I do not want to believe (“~$2M to an event that does not honor even mention the ones who risked and sacrificed their lives for the sake of today’s civilized society in Turkey. “).
In 2009 this festival disappointed/insulted a lot of Turkish people because it de-emphasized modern Turkey and Ataturk. Some carried Ataturk’s picture and distribute. There was a a booth by Turkish Cultural Attache, that had information about Turkish Government and Ataturk.
The only information about Turkey was in the panos that are shown in the attached photos (2009). It was somewhat jarring to see Ataturk and Gulen side by side. To us it is almost insulting, but for Americans that is not so important. I still say “my view is, it created goodwill, interest among people about Anatolia (Turkey).”
Several weeks ago I asked the VP at Pacifica to include information about modern Turkey this time. He said he will include some videos.
I do not have a chance to see it this year as I am out of town, although I was invited to the opening on Thursday.
> From the CD that Pacifica distributed from the last year’s event (You can get it from Pacifica, or you may borrow from me)
> – There was no Turkish Flag seen in the CD, except for the one with the Mehteran (Ottoman Millitary Band).
> – You could see Anitkabir behind the music stand.
> – There was no word or representation of establishment of Modern Turkey. Even the Urartus (presumably Armenians), Greeks (Our very last invaders), were there.
> I don’t want to believe that Turkish government gave ~$2M to an event that does not honor even mention the ones who risked and sacrificed their lives for the sake of today’s civilized society in Turkey. If it is true, what a poor choice it is.
> The Cultural Ministry of Republic of Turkey was shown among the sponsors in the flier last year. This year, it is T.C. Basbakanlik Tanitma Fonu (The Republic of Turkey Representation Fund by the Prime Minister’s Office) among the sponsors.
> Kevonian is dead wrong! The timing is noting to do with Armenian Relocation (or the date of their alleged, so-called “Genocide” lies). I can easily create other more plausible theories for the timing than this one.
> It is just his reaction against anything related to Turks, Turkey, Turkic whatsoever. Turk/Turkish/Turkic is a minor element of the event. I am sure he would re-visit his thinking (but still can lie) after he visit the festival. Actually he should.
> The Association of the Istanbul Armenians has participated/co-sponsored the last year’s event. Their logo was on the flier. They seem not there this year. I guess because of the evident pressures from the Armenian diaspora.
>Ali – Irvine, CA
> *From:* M
> In Irvine (at old El Toro Marine Base, that was turned into a park)
> This Anatolian Culture and Food Festival is put together by Pacifica Institute (Gulen) . It was supported by ~$2M of Turkish government money last year. Last year it was at Costa Mesa fair grounds.
> Although it could be criticized because of its dephasisi of Ataturk and putting Gulen next to him, my view is it created goodwill, interest among people about Anatolia (Turkey).
> Oya wrote:
> > Which city???
> > On Tue, May 4, 2010 at 11:26 PM, M>>> wrote:
> > Friday, April 30th, 2010 | Posted by Tamar Kevonian
> > Losing the War
> > BY TAMAR KEVONIAN
> > “…
> > The Turks have mastered the art of diversification. Their approach has
> > gone beyond the scholarly and political arenas into the mass market
> > where current perception and image matter much more than historical
> > accuracy. Demonstrations, hunger strikes, marches, banquets and
> > athletic events serve us by keeping the Armenian spirit alive within
> > ourselves but make no inroads in the context of the society in which
> > we live. We still have not managed to package ourselves in an outer
> > layer that is appealing to our neighbors when all our outreach efforts
> > to the masses center on the topic of our fight for Genocide
> > recognition.
> > It is no coincidence that the largest Turkish festival in the United
> > States does not take place in a city with the largest Turkish
> > community but in a part of the country with the largest Armenian
> > community. It may be a consolation to think Armenians have them
> > worried but in the popularity contest of public opinion, it seems we
> > have fallen far behind and are losing the war.”