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( 1925 - 2017 )


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Naissance le 10 novembre 1925 au Mexique, décès le 26 janvier 2017 à Fresno (Californie, USA)

Berge Bulbulian, a native of Mexico, grew up on a farm in the Del Rey area. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Upon return from military service, he attended Fresno State College for one year and graduated from UCLA in 1950 with a B.A. in philosophy. He returned to the family farm, which he operated for the next forty-two years. In 1990 he was a guest editorial writer for The Fresno Bee. His articles have appeared in a variety of publications, and for several years he was a columnist for the International Travel News publishing essays about museums he visited during extensive European travel. At California State University, Fresno, he is a charter member of the Armenian Studies Program Advisory Board and a member of the Friends of the Madden Library Board.

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Author and Community Activist Berge Bulbulian Passes Away at 91

Berge Bulbulian, staunch supporter of the Armenian Studies Program and of Fresno State, died on January 26, 2017 at the age of 91. Bulbulian was a native of Mexicali, Mexico, but grew up on a farm in the Del Rey area.
Bulbulian was actively involved in many organizations. He traveled to Armenia on several occasions, with the Armenian Technology Group and the Armenia Tree Project. Bulbulian was a board member of the Saroyan Society in Fresno and also a member of the Friends of the Henry Madden Library at Fresno State.
Mr. Bulbulian’s The Fresno Armenians: History of Diaspora Community, was published by The Press at California State University, Fresno in 2000. The Fresno Armenians tells of the triumphs and lifestyles of the first Armenian settlers and their evolution into today’s community. Bulbulian decided to pursue this project through the support and enthusiasm of Professor Dickran Kouymjian, Haig and Isabel Berberian Professor of Armenian Studies. Prof. Kouymjian also wrote the introduction to the book.
Bulbulian dedicated the book in memory of his parents Yghish and Zaruhi and his wife’s parents, Mikael and Vartuhi Krikorian, “and to all the other hardy and courageous Armenian immigrants who struggled against formidable odds to create today’s Fresno Armenian community. Without their driving energy directed to prevail rather than to merely survive, the community would not be what it is today.”
After his return from military service, he attended Fresno State College for one year and then graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Philosophy.
He was one of the founding members of the California Rural Legal Assistance, providing legal aid to the poor.
At one time, the family farmed 150 acres of tree fruit, wine and raisin grapes. When Mr. Bulbulian wasn’t on the farm, he was in a meeting hall or testifying before a congressional subcommittee.
Bulbulian is survived by wife Alice Krikorian Bulbulian and daughters Christine Barile, Linda Bulbulian and Carol Cannon and five grandchildren.

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 The Fresno Armenians
Titre : The Fresno Armenians / auteur(s) : Berge BULBULIAN - History of a Diaspora Community
Editeur : The Press at California State University
Année : 2000
Imprimeur/Fabricant : 
Description : 15,5 x 23 cm, 287 pages, couverture illustrée en couleurs ; contient un dépliant, plan de "Old Armenian Fresno", avec noms des résidents par maison...
Collection :
Notes : Références bibliographiques et index
Autres auteurs :
Sujets : Armenian Americans - California - Fresno
ISBN : 9780912201351
Lecture On-line : non disponible

Commentaire :

"Whether the missionairies (who first went to the Ottoman Empire in 1812 to convert follower of Islam to Christianity) helped save thousands of Armenians from certain death, or whether the conversion of many Armenians led to disunity that brought on the death of the Armenian nation depends on one's historical perspective." Christian missionaries in the Middle East ultimately led to the phenomenon of Armenians migrating to Fresno, California, to escape persecutions and prosper in a strange yet familiar land. At one point, Fresno had the largest population of Armenian people in the United States. Much more than a coffee-table edition of provincial or regional significance, "The Fresno Armenians," by Berge Bulbulian, is a modern history of Armenians in their former capitol of the New World. Armenians provided a tremendous contribution to the growth and culture of a community reluctant to embrace their arrival, but glad to have the benefit of their participation and labor. Fresno, California became , as a result, the center of agricultural production in the world. A huge array of crops grow on the fertile alluvial plain that rests between the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the coast range of California, with much thanks to the efforts of Armenians. To gain the distinction of the "Breadbasket of the World," the valley needed ingenuity, sweat and toil of the Diaspora immigrants to change the desert landscape into a garden that would rival ancient Mesopotamia. Among the earliest immigrants to Fresno, Armenians were directed to California by the Christian missionaries who infiltrated their homeland, splitting their ancient church in two. In Fresno, Armenians found a dusty village on the train tracks in the barren wastes of the Central Valley, and would have left immediately, save for one-way train tickets. The first Armenian arrivals established an outpost for others facing persecutions and slaughter by the pre-Ottoman Turks in the 1890's. Realizing what the future foretold at home, and in search of security and freedom, many found their way to the eastern United States. Armenians leaving the homeland were educated, prosperous professionals, craftspersons, merchants and city-dwellers. They found work in the factories of the East Coast and industrial belts of the U.S. Letters from Fresno provoked many to leave and join their brethern in the west to mold the possibilities of an undeveloped territory. One of the most comforting of the otherwise disconcerting arrangements for the immigrants in early Fresno was the climate and soil, much like the weather and land they were accustomed to in the Middle-East. Shortly after the turn of the previous century, Armenians became the largest minority population in Fresno. "The Fresno Armenians" describes a remarkable history of a determined people driven by massacre and religious hatred from their 3,000 year old home in the Caucus Mountains and fecund plains of eastern Cilicia. In the San Joaquin Valley, Armenians became pioneers of agriculture very soon after their arrival. Through determined efforts of perserverance, they became leaders in business, religion, education and governement, prevailing in a difficult time of virulent discrimination. Presented in chronological order, "The Fresno Armenians" begins with a brief history of the nation before emigration. Suffering through centuries of foriegn domination and persecutions, the real end for Armenia came when the Ottoman Turkish government, between 1915 and 1923, annihilated 1.5 million innocent Armenian people. Many of the far-sighted had already established themselves in Fresno. Maintaining balance in a history like that of "The Fresno Armenians" is difficult at best, but successfully achieved in this study. The book sings loud praise to the successes of the Armenian community. But then again, the Armenians brought good business sense, decorum and cultivated civility to an otherwise wild-west railroad town. "The Fresno Armenians" details the number of Armenian arrests, crimes, divorces in the community, but does not provide scintillating details about the sensationl crimes, like Mark Arax's, "In My Father's Name." What little dark underside that existed in the Armenian community is overlooked. Nevertheless, Armenians have caused Fresno, the city and it's people, to rise to the heights of the immigrant's rich history, determination and craftsmanship and the whole of thecountryside has benefitted. The book is a compendium of the Armenian's great efforts and individuals in Fresno and the surrounding area, and contains all the details.

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