LOS ANGELES—The 100 Years, 100 Facts Project has launched the Turkish version of its website – “100 Yıl, 100 Gerçek” (100yil100gercek.com) – raising the total number of languages to six.
Portuguese was the first language into which this year-long online educational initiative was translated (100anos100fatos.com.br), thanks to volunteers at the Brazilian-Armenian Portal Estação Armênia, who began to work on presenting the one hundred entries on Armenian history and culture back when the website went live on April 24, 2014. More volunteering from a group of French-Armenian students led by Artem Asryan launched a French version online in early 2015 (100ans100faits.fr). Argentine Debora Babiszenko took on the task in late February of translating 100 Years, 100 Facts into Spanish (100anos100hechos.com). Finally, the website has recently also been made available in Russian (100let100faktov.ru) thanks to the efforts of the Sevan Community.
“We have been deeply gratified and, frankly, overwhelmed at how positive the responses have been to The 100 Years, 100 Facts Project. Just getting feedback or reader-submitted addenda to our entries is one thing. When you have whole groups willing to take the time to translate our work and expand our outreach in this centennial year, well, that’s very moving for us and adds to our sense of responsibility. These kinds of efforts show that people all over the world are looking at the centennial as an opportunity to celebrate our survival and the richness of our cultural heritage,” Lena Adishian, project lead, said.
“When we began 100 Years, 100 Facts, we always had in mind a multi-lingual approach, but the best we could do was to add automatic translation as a feature on the website. Reaching out to the Turkish-speaking world was a particular intention that we had, in fact. Now, thanks to a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, it will be a possibility – that too, in the run-up to April 24, 2015. As for the other languages, we will always be grateful to the volunteer translators for their excellent work,” Nareg Seferian, researcher and writer, added.
Although Turkish society has seen immense change in recent years, the shifts have been slow. In all events, there is still much ignorance about the Armenian heritage in Turkey in general and the Armenian Genocide in particular. The 100 Years, 100 Facts Project hopes to act in a small way to raise awareness and offer objective, researched information to the people of the Turkish-speaking world, thereby also contributing to the struggle against denialism and the movement for human rights in Turkey.
The 100 Years, 100 Facts Project is currently seeking publishers and funding for a book version of the contents of the website as a commemorative volume during this centennial year of the Armenian Genocide.
The 100 Year, 100 Facts Project is an online educational initiative leveraging the power of the internet and social media to celebrate Armenian history and culture as a unique commemoration of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. The facts have steadily been published at 100years100facts.com, the one hundredth entry due on April 24, 2015. In addition, 100 Years, 100 Facts has carried out an active social media campaign through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, and Reddit. Since April, 24, 2014, The 100 Years, 100 Facts Project website has attracted over 45,000 visitors from more than 150 countries and territories.
The 100 Years, 100 Facts Project can be reached at [email protected]