Month: March 2013

Ph.D. in Bio statistics Sanj Altan received one of the highest hon-ours bestowed upon a foreigner by the Mongolian Government: the Friendship (Nairamdal) Medal.


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Washington DC, USA: Germany-born Ph.D. in Bio statistics Sanj Altan received one of the highest hon-ours bestowed upon a foreigner by the Mongolian Government: the Friendship (Nairamdal) Medal. Presented by Zandaakhuu Enkhbold Chairman of the State Great Hural (Chairman of the Mongolian Parliament )in a U.S. Capitol ceremony,March 20, 2013, the medal is a reflection of the affection and appreciation felt by Mongolians for his work. Sanj Altan was born in 1947 in Pfaffenhofen, Germany. His family emigrated to the US in 1951. His grandparents had fled Russia following the 1918 revolution and were part of the Kalmyk emigre community in Eastern Europe during the 20s, 30s and 40s. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1968 and from Temple University in 1977, with a PhD. in Bio statistics. He is currently employed by Johnson & Johnson where he supports pharmaceutical drug development. Sanj Altan traces his interest in Mongol culture to his parents, who insisted on speaking their Mongolian dialect at home, and his teachers, the late Professor Gombojab Hangin, who inspired his pursuit of the Pan-Mongol movement, and the late Tsorj Lama, former Abbott of the Khorgha Temple in Western Sunid, Inner Mongolia, who inspired his spiritual pursuit of the annual commemoration of Chinggis Khan.

 

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A day celebrating Mongolic identity, solidarity, and diversity in Princeton, New Jersey


March 7, 2013: A March 2013 issue of the eTolbo has been published with additional material covering the 2012 Chinggis Khan Ceremony. Please make sure to read the well-written, first-person account of one of the attendees of the Chinggis Khan Ceremony! Many thanks to  Sansar Tsakhirmaa
I first became aware of the Mongol American Cultural Association (MACA) when I was googling for information on Mongolic communities based in the U.S. approximately four years ago. By visiting MACA’s website for the first time, I was also informed that a ceremony-featuring ethnocommunal gathering has been held on a yearly basis since the late 1980s. Having long yearned for connecting to the small,dispersed, but proud Mongolic communities in the American Northeast, in November,2012, I was lucky enough to reach Princeton and witness in person the burgeoning spirit of Mongolic identity, solidarity, and diversity that would not be similarly feltelsewhere. Not a historian, I’m not going to recount the founding myths of Mongolic peoples. Not a poet, I’m not going to couch my feeling with the event in literary phrases. Instead, as a student of social science, I consider that November day as one raising the consciousness of Mongolic identity, solidarity, and diversity within our diasporic communities and inviting further dialogues and even brotherly supports across our communities in Mongolia-the-independent-state, Southern Mongolia, Kalmyk, Buryatia, Tuva, and Hazaristan. Ethno national identity tells one who he or she is, who he or she is not,and of which group he or she may claim membership. The shared distinct self-identification of being ethnically Mongolic, regardless of whatever tribal affiliations, whatever religious practices, whatever linguistic nuances, whatever historical trajectories,would not have been around without an essentially similar collective memory of the political entity founded by Chinggis Khan centuries ago that gave rise to what is later known as a common claim to be Mongolic. However, in our times, such a common allegiance has rarely been hailed in an all-inclusive manner until MACA’s magnanimous efforts. While those from Mongolia-the-independent-state may not only claim their Mongolic identity but also be recognized as such, those of Mongolic heritages but from outside Mongolia may have, to varying extent, to inhibit their Mongolic identities for practical reasons. In this regard, the génie of Chinggis Khan Memorial Ceremony consists in its offering an opportunity for Mongolic peoples outside Mongolia the-independent-state to jointly and unfetteredly assert their
Mongolic identities, even if that lasts for only one day. Thus, many of our ethnic kins who may use non-Mongolic languages in daily life drove hundreds of miles for the annual gathering simply to “reboot” the aspect of their identity for which they want recognition and preservation.If coming together in honor of Chinggis Khan were all about identity, then we might ignore how much the event is also meant for promoting greater mutual contact,understanding, network, kinship, and even empathetic feelings among different Mongolic groups, among individuals within a group,and among individuals across groups. I positively noticed that attendees, different Mongolic groups as they represent, were not necessarily concentrated according to specific group or regional identities, but presented a tendency to seat themselves randomly, which had the potential of facilitating conversations between individuals who might previously have had little knowledge about one another’s Mongolic heritage. The event was also my first of its kind where members of different Mongolic groups had an opportunity to appreciate one another’s music, songs, and dances all within one sitting. I was no less impressed with the already-established cross-group networks evinced at the reception where members of different Mongolic groups were able to proactively approach one another. A day of building consciousness of one an other’s existence and experience may pave way for further interactions conducive to the development of emotional attachment. Such attachment will be indispensable in order to genuinely bind various Mongolic groups together by transcending the linguistic, religious,cultural, historical,and political barriers that give them myriad justifications not to build solidarity with one another. Solidarity building does not need to come at the expense of the amazingly diverse historical, cultural, religious, and linguistic heritages various Mongolic peoples claim. If MACA designates this annual ceremonial event for allowing people of Mongolic roots to assert a common identity as well as for generating greater cohesion among them, then it can equally be understood as a stage on which for Mongolic peoples to share with one another the unique and distinct aspect of their identity.
The dancers and singers from Mongolia-the-independent-state represented the most-blossoming and best-supported of Mongolic cultural traditions by showcasing the biyelgee dance as well as the inebriatingly beautiful operatic singing’s developed out of folk songs (ardiin duu). In the meantime, the band from the Ordos subregion of Southern Mongolia signaled to attendees a persistent and unrelenting pride Southern Mongolians take in their Mongolic identity by graciously blending both ethnic andpopular elements into their rendition and by offering a medley of Southern Mongolian folk songs that people like me have been so much missing. Buryat artist Namgar Lkhasaranova and the other two ethnomusicians demonstrated the highly distinct musical heritage of the Buryat people in Southern Siberia that I had not been able to contemplate until at the event. As the first Mongolic community settled in the U.S. and the most significant proponents of MACA, Kalmyks dedicated their fusion of Oiratic and North Caucasus traditions, which again invited various Mongolic peoples to marvel at our diversity. Though subjected to mass deportation in the mid-1940s, Kalmyks not only maintained their ethnic morale, but also initiated the presence of Mongolic peoples in the U.S. The representation of the Iranic-speaking Hazara people at the ceremony can also be marked as an example of re-oriented ethnonational consciousness and of the tremendous cultural and historical diversity among Mongolic peoples we have yet to explore. Hereby, another génie of MACA’s annual Chinggis Khan Memorial Ceremony is its serving as probably the only occasion, tomy knowledge, to be able to integrate a widest possible range of Mongolic diversity into one theme.
Thanks to pioneers of our senior generations from Southern Mongolia (Övör Mongol),Kalmykia (Xalimag), and Mongolia-the-independent-state (Ar Mongol) who sowed the seeds for a Pan-Mongolic communal tradition in the U.S., this annual gathering has been hopefully achieving a threefold mission: commemorating a common founding hero, Chinggis Khan, who laid the foundation for the distinct identities Mongolic peoples hail today, congregating people of various Mongolic heritages to facilitate their mutual understandings as well as to revive ethnic kinship that has been historically undermined, as well as consolidating support from the greater U.S. society with regard to issues concerning the Mongolic world. In retrospect, this year we have had music and dance heritages of Mongolia-the-independent-state, Southern Mongolia, Kalmykia, Buryatia represented. In prospect, perhaps next year there would be those of Tuva and Hazaristan added?

 

The North America-Mongolia Business Council Newsletter


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The North America-Mongolia Business Council, Inc. 

Since 1990, Mongolia’s key link to Canada & the USA

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NEWSLETTER      March 15, 2013

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RE:         Public events in US & Canada during the North America visit of Parliament Chairman Enkhbold and Ulaanbaatar Governor Bat-Uul, March 18-28; Mongolian student wins logo design contest for 40th anniversary of Canada-Mongolia relations; April 19 is registration deadline for NAMBC’s 23rd AGM, Washington, DC, May 7-8

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Open-to-the-Public Events during Enkhbold/Bat-Uul delegation visit to the US and Canada – From March 17 to March 29, Parliament Chairman Z. Enkhbold and Ulaanbaatar Governor/Mayor E. Bat-Uul will visit Denver, Washington, DC, New York City, Ottawa, and Vancouver. Governor Bat-Uul will also visit Calgary. The following events are open to the public. Two of the three are free; all require an RSVP.

Denver – Monday evening, March 18, 6:00 PM – Reception at the Denver Botanical Gardens, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, hosted by the Denver Botanic Gardens, Wagner Equipment, Inc. and the Ulaanbaatar-Denver Sister Cities Committee, in honor of Chairman Enkhbold, Governor Bat-Uul, Mongolian Ambassador to the US Bulgaa Altangerel and the Mongolian Delegation; FREE but RSVP required to Honorary Consul Office in Denver by 12:00 Noon, March 18, (303) 981-8274, legalsupport@wagenlander.com.

Denver – Tuesday morning, March 19, 8:00 AM —  “Discovering Mongolia: A Conversation with Speaker Enkhbold,” 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM; breakfast and public forum on Mongolia and business in Mongolia with Speaker Enkhbold and other panelists; at the Knoebel School of Hospitality Management at the University of Denver, 2044 East Evans Avenue, Joy Burns Center. This program is sponsored by the World Trade Center Denver, the Daniels College of Business and the NAMBC; famed Mongolian columnist and TV commentator, D. Jargalsaikhan, will be the moderator. Fee: $35 for World Trade Center Members; $45 for Non-Members; advance registration required, www.wtcdenver.org  See flyer attached. Both Speaker Enkhbold and Jargalsaikhan earned International MBAs at the University of Denver.

 

Vancouver – Thursday afternoon, March 28, 3:00 PM— “Current Developments in Mongolia,” an address by Speaker Enkhbold followed by a panel discussion, sponsored by the University of British Columbia Institute of Asian Research, Program on Inner Asia at the UBC Robson Square Center, Room C215, 800 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver, BC; Speaker Enkhbold will be introduced by Anna Biolik, former Canadian Ambassador to Mongolia. Panelists include Charles Krusekopf, Royal Roads University and Executive Director, American Center for Mongolian Studies; Dirk van Zyl, Norman B Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, UBC; Jonathan Lotz, Heenan Blaikie; and Julian Dierkes, Institute of Asian Research, UBC. FREE but advance registration is requested at

http://bit.ly/mongoliamarch28.

April 19 is registration deadline for NAMBC 2013 Annual General Meeting,  Washington, DC, May 7-8 ; Non-Members welcome — The registration deadline for the NAMBC’s 23rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Washington, DC, May 7-8, 2013 is April 19,  after which a US$75 late fee is imposed. A registration form is available below. Non-members are warmly welcome.

The AGM starts on the evening of Tuesday, May 7, with an opening reception at the Mongolian Embassy hosted by Ambassador Bulgaa Altangerel, followed on Wednesday, May 8, by a full day of presentations and discussion, including lunch. Speakers will include senior US Government officials, diplomats of Mongolia, the US and Canada, and a panel of experts on Mongolia with a cumulative 80 years hands-on experience of and in the country.

Venue for the 2013 AGM is the Residence Inn Arlington Capital View, 2850 South Potomac Avenue, Arlington, VA 22202, 10 minutes from Reagan National Airport and close by a Metro station. April 15 is the deadline for reserving hotel rooms at the NAMBC group rate of US$219 per night for single or double occupancy, which includes breakfast. To make room reservations at the discounted rate, click on the link below to reach the automated reservation system for the hotel; that site already contains the group code (namnama). If you wish to reserve rooms for check-in before May 6 or check-out after May 9 OR if you encounter any difficulty with the online system, please contact our event manager at the hotel, Ms. Latoya Swan, Latoya.Swan@renaissancehotels.com, telephone (571) 814-4048 . Be sure to mention that you are reserving at the NAMBC rate.

Paste the following address into your browser to access the hotel’s online reservation page:

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasry-residence-inn-arlington-capital-view/?toDate=5/9/13&groupCode=namnama&stop_mobi=yes&fromDate=5/7/13&app=resvlink

Mongolian mining student wins logo design competition for 40th anniversary of Mongolia-Canada diplomatic relations — Seventy-four designs were received in the competition among Mongolian students sponsored by the Canadian Embassy in Ulaanbaatar to design the logo commemorating the 40th anniversary of Canada-Mongolia diplomatic relations. The winning design was submitted by B. Bold-Erdene, a second year mining student at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology. Canadian Ambassador Greg Goldhawk  presented Bold-Erdene with a new iPhone 5 as a prize, noting that the independent selection panel found it difficult to make a final choice because all the entries reflected different facets of the bilateral relationship. Mongolia opened diplomatic relations with Mongolia on November 30, 1973. The Canadian Embassy in UB opened in 2008. The design is in the public domain and all Canadian companies involved in Mongolia are welcome to use it during this anniversary year.

 

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North America-Mongolia Business Council, Inc.

23rd Annual General Meeting

7-8 May 2013 – Washington, DC

AGM REGISTRATION FORM

Registration deadline is April 19, after which a late registration penalty of US$75 per person is assessed.  For NAMBC Members Only, 2nd and all other delegates from the same company receive a 20% discount.

 

After filling out this form, send it by email to hqinfo@nambc.org or by fax to 01+ (703) 549-6526. Please fill out a separate form for each delegate if you are registering more than one.

 

Name (as you wish nametag to read):

Position Title:

Organization/Company:

Mailing address & postal code:

Telephone (land line or cell):

Direct email address for each delegate:

Registration Category/fee per person (circle or boldface one):

Non-Members — US$1500 per person

Corporate Voting Members of NAMBC or BCM Members – US$720 per person

Mongolian-owned companies:

Small: US$300     Medium:  US$500    Large: US$750

Non-Profit Organizations/International Organizations — US$375

US and Canadian Government personnel — US$100

Full-time university professors – US$100

University student enrolled led full-time — US$50

Members of Canadian Alumni of Mongolia (CAM) or US Alumni of Mongolia (USAM) under 25 if not employed fulltime— $50

Remittance will be paid (check or boldface one) by check __by wire transfer___

Mail checks, drawn in US dollars on a US bank to the order of “NAMBC”, to:

2013 AGM, NAMBC, 1015 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA. For wire transfer instructions, contact hqinfo@nambc.org