November 19, 2010 Mongolian Americans Are Subject of Dec. 3 Program
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Mongolia is a landlocked country in East and Central Asia, bordered by Russia to the north and the People’s Republic of China to the south, east and west. When communism in Mongolia ended in the 1990s, restrictions on emigration lifted, allowing many Mongolians to immigrate to America. Today, Mongolian Americans continue to preserve their culture and heritage thorough participation in academic societies, professional and community organizations, cultural performances, heritage schools, children’s festivals and youth organizations.
“Cultural Stewardship in Mongolian American Communities” will be the subject of a lecture by Alicia Campi, at the Library of Congress at noon on Friday, Dec. 3, in the Asian Reading Room foyer, on the first floor of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. Sponsored by the Asian Division, the program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.
Campi is a former U.S. diplomat, and president of the Mongolian Society, the U.S. Mongolia Advisory Group and the Chinggis Khan Foundation. She holds a doctorate in Mongolian studies from Indiana University, and a master’s degree in East Asian/Mongolian studies from Harvard University. Campi is the co-author (with R. Basaan) of “The Impact of China and Russia on United States-Mongolian Political Relations in the Twentieth Century.” Written by two former diplomats, the groundbreaking work is the first in-depth analysis of the political relationship between the U.S. and Mongolia. The study elucidates why, despite over a hundred years of substantive interactions between the two countries, the establishment of formal diplomatic relations did not occur until 1987.
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