1:00 PM Opening Welcome, Sanj Altan, MACA
1:10 PM Chinggis Khaan Memorial Ritual
1:45 PM His Excellency B. Altangerel, Ambassador of Mongolia to the United States
2:00 PM Mr. Ch. Munkhbayar, President, Southern Mongolian Cultural Association
2:15 PM Mr. Akram Gizabi, Hazara Community
Mr. B. Tumenulzii, Uvur Mongol community
Ms. Tsybikova Darima, Buriat Community
Ms. Nadbitova Tamara, Kalmyk Community
Mr. Eres Salchak, Tyvan community
Mr. Tegshjargal, “Unuudur” Newspaper Journalist
3:00 PM Ms. D. Otgonjargal, Ms. A. Jegjee, Mongolian School
3:10 PM Mongolian Children’s Aid and Development Fund Auction
3:30 PM Break
4:00 PM “Magtaal” Ensemble
4:45 PM Mr. Erdeni, Ms. Sichigma and Mr. Adis
5:30 PM Mr. Amarburen, Ms. Bolormaa, Mr. Tsengelsaikhaan, …….Mongolian Dance Company & Operatic Singers
6:15 PM Reception in honor of the artists (Mongolian cuisine, cash bar)
7:15 PM Mr. Delekhei
8:00 PM Ms. Sainkho Namtschylak
8:45 PM Mongol Party by DJ Baagi Beatz
11:45 PM Close
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If you can’t make it to Ulan Bator for Mongolia’s National Celebration Naadam the Mongol Naadam Festival in Washington DC is your next-best option. The event held annually in the Mongolian capital Ulan-baatar celebrates that country’s three main sporting pastimes: Mongolian wrestling, archery and cross-country horse racing. Although the Washington DC Naadam is scaled back somewhat (there’s no archery competition, and a child’s footrace replaces the horse race), the wrestling competition is the main attraction;. The Mongol Naadam is not as bilingual as other festival in the area, so brush up on your conversational Mongolian and bring your appetite for khuushuur, deep-friend pockets of dough stuffed with minced mutton or beef, garlic and onions.
10:00 am Soccer Game
We will sang Mongolian national anthem with great pride of National Naadam , each person put hands clasped tightly on their heart
Mongolian Entertainment Mongolian Wrestling
Children’s Horse Race
Ticket : 5$
Time: 10:00am till 5:00pm
Date: Saturday , July, 13th, 2013
Location: Occoquan Regional Park – 9751 Ox Road, Lorton VA, 22079
Mongolia National Day
Press Statement John Kerry
Secretary of State
July 9, 2013
On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I would like to convey the very best wishes to the people of Mongolia as you celebrate your National Day on July 11.
There is certainly cause for celebration, as the people of Mongolia recently participated in yet another free and fair presidential election, evidence of Mongolia’s strong commitment to its democratic process. Through ongoing cooperation, the U.S. looks forward to further strengthening our bilateral relationship and promoting economic growth that will benefit both our countries.
I would like to express our gratitude to Mongolia for your invaluable contribution to coalition and international peacekeeping activities.
Mongolia is playing an active and important role in promoting peace and stability around the world, and the United States stands with you as partner and friend.
Mongolia’s President Tsakhia Elbegdorj, wearing traditional Mongolian clothing, takes oath at his inauguration after being re-elected, in front of the statue of Genghis Khan outside the national parliament building in downtown Ulan Bator July 10, 2013
Please join us on Saturday July 6th for Mongol Heritage
Foundation’s Naadam Celebration.
Mongol Heritage Foundation & NYC Mongols, Kalmyk Project in the NYC is holding First annual Naadam celebration in near Bethesda Fountain ,Central Park , New York. The celebration will be opened by H.E. Ambassador Od Och, Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the United Nations.
The NYC Mongols celebration “Naadam” 2013 will take place on Saturday July 6th from 11:00am – 7:00 pm at the west side of the “Bethesda Fountain” Central Park where the Mongol tradition of “Naadam” will happen among the all Mongol people who live in the greater New York area.
This Festivity is the one of the major celebration on the Mongols honor of the national holiday of Motherland Mongolia. During the celebration, Mongolians compete in traditional sporting events and competitions that include , wrestling, and children’s wood horse racing.
In 2010, Naadam was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.
We encourage you to invite your friends and family to this exciting and interesting event where the New York Area Mongols will join together in a traditional celebration.
All of the Mongols including Buryats, Kalmyks, Hazaras ,Tuvans and Inner Mongolians are join in the celebration.
Everyone who is interested in Mongolia and Mongol Culture is invited; people who are interested in Mongolia and the Mongolian Culture such as Americans who have lived and worked in Mongolia through the Peace Corps will attend.
Where: The Bethesda Fountain, Central Park is one of the largest fountains in New York, measuring twenty-six feet high by ninety-six feet wide.It is one of the most well known fountains in the world.This neoclassical sculpture, also known as Angel of the Waters, features an eight-foot bronze angel who stands above four small cherubim representing health, purity, temperance, and peace.
Location: Bethesda Fountain, Central Park
The Mall, New York, NY 10024
When: Saturday, July 6,
Time: 11 :00 am till 7:00 pm
Opening Welcome, H.E. Ambassador Od Och, Permanent Representative of Mongolia to the United Nations
Inner Mongolian Community Mr. Hasar Ayush
Kalmyk Community Ms. Kermen
Buryat Community Ms. Tsengiyev
Hazara Community Liquate Ali
Kalmyk Project NYC
Mongolian Ambulance Project
Wild Art Mongolia 2013 Expedition
The President of the Mongol Heritage Foundation Byambakhuu Darinchuluun will go over the agenda of the event
Children’s Wood Horse Race
Children’s Shagai (ankle bone ) Game
Yokhor “Circle ” dancing
“I am mongol ” painting contest
The Best Traditional Mongolian male, female, and child’s clothing contest
Mongolian singing contest
Closing Ceremony Singing all Mongols .National Song (Warm Hear ted Land )
Mongol Heritage Foundation and NYC Mongols, Kalmyk Project NYC,
Permanent Mission of Mongolia to United Nations,
Hazara Organization Progress and Equality Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center
Please bring food to share and your beverages to drink. There will be Mongolian food and games to play.
Boortsog, suutei tsai, byaslag and plates, napkins, silverware, etc. will be provided by the Mongol Heritage Foundation .
What to expect:
some ideas on what to expect and what you should do when you attend during Naadam Event.
Children’s Wooden Hobby Horse Rising
Although the NYC Naadam is scaled back somewhat (there’s no archery competition, and a child’s footrace replaces the horse race), the wrestling competition is the main attraction.
Mongol Malgai , Mongol Deel, Khantaaz,
Mongolian traditional wrestling is an untimed competition in which wrestlers lose if they touch the ground with any part of their body other than their feet or hand. When picking pairs, the wrestler with the greatest fame has the privilege to choose his own opponent. Wrestlers wear two-piece costumes consisting of a tight shoulder vest (zodog) and shorts (shuudag). Only men are allowed to participate.Each wrestler has an “encourager” called a zasuul. The zasuul sings a song of praise for the winning wrestler after rounds 3, 5, and 7.
Winners of the 7th or 8th stage earn the title of zaan, “elephant”. The winner of the 9th or 10th stage, is called arslan, “lion”. In the final competition, all the “zasuuls” drop in the wake of each wrestler as they take steps toward each other. Two time arslans are called the titans / giants, or avraga.
Shagai games are especially popular during the Mongolian summer holiday of Naadam. In shagai dice, the rolled shagai generally land on one of four sides: horse, camel, sheep or goat.
Mongolians still exchange shagai today as tokens of friendship. The shagai may be kept in a little pouch.A large variety of traditional Mongolian games are played using the shagai pieces. Depending on the game, the anklebones may be tossed like dice, flicked like marbles, shot at with arrows, caught in the hands, or simply collected according to the roll of a die. In many games, the side on which a tossed piece lands (horse, sheep, camel, or goat) is significant.
Typically it is blue to represent the beautiful blue sky. Please bring your Khadag greet with Mongols.
The Classic Mongolian script written from the top downwards and in clockwise turns and has a classic vertical direction which expresses the almost optimal movement of handwriting due to the theory of probability.
Yohor is a circle dance. Buryat Mongol peoples have some form of circle dance. Yohor is the Buryat version. The chief characteristics in this belief is the concept of the world axis, represented by a tree, by the serge, or by the oboo. As part of these customs there is the use of the circle dance for shamanist ritual and worship at these places which is called the yohor. The dance may encircle the sacred tree or object, or the shaman who is conducting a ritual. These circle dances may last for hours, and are punctuated by the phrases yohor-o or heeyo. The yohor is extremely ancient and is depicted on rock carvings thousands of years old.
NYC Mongol Library display
Mongol Library Project
Sep 2011 to Sep 2013
NYC Mongol Library is designed to provide the opportunity to explore the richness of Mongol history.
The Mongol Heritage Foundations Library provides many interesting and informative books in Mongolian, and English pertaining to Mongol history, art, geography, literature, and culture. In addition, recreational reading includes periodicals, newspapers, biographies, magazines, novels, and materials about travel.
Members can also enjoy video cassettes such as Mongol, Kalmyk , Tuvan, Hazara, Buryat, Inner Mongolian films, biographies, travel, documentaries, and life stories of Mongol Americans. We encourage members to check out books, and other materials, and reap the richness of Mongol, and Mongol-American history, events, culture, and experiences
Mongol Heritage Foundation Membership application
Mongol Heritage Foundation 2013-2014 Events Calendar
Tsagaan idée -dairy products such as cheeses and hard curds
Cheese from milk of cattle, yaks, goats, or sheep.
Most commonly, the milk of yak and cattle is used. Goats and sheep are not milked in all places, but make for the most aromatic cheese. However, mongolian cheese doesn’t get to ripen like its european counterparts, so the overall taste is somewhat bland in comparison.
“Worm Aaruul” is a variation in the shape of little strands, often sweetened. Don’t press the fresh material, but put it through a meat grinder (available in every mongolian houshold) into small “worms”. Arrange those in little heaps for drying. This type of Aaruul is easier to chew (especially for children), but less suited for travel supplies.
khailmag, made from a mixture of shortening, water, flour, and sugar, pan-fried at a ridiculously high temperature until clarified oil separates at the sides of the pan. Reconstituted raisins are then added to the mix, and the result is a warm, delicious sludge that resembles a not-too-cheesy cheesecake
Suutei Tsai- The most favored drink during this holiday is Mongol milk tea .Milk tea is an indispensable part of the Mongolian’s daily life.
One of the Mongolian most famous delicious meals is of course the Khuushuur. It’s a meal that consist of meat, onions and other ingredients put together and wrapped with flour dough, and afterwards it’s fried in oil. Everyone loves the taste of khuushuur in Mongolia..Mongolians hold the fresh khuushuur between their palms and also with the tips of all fingers to stimulate the nerves and blood circulation in the hands. This is believed to be curative. In some occasions, a hot khuushuur is placed on the soles of the feet and other selected places to treat neurosis and health conditions related to the balance of the air element of the five elements composing the human body.
Boortsog Mongolian Deep Fried Cookies
There will be Naadam Party starting at 10pm;
DJ Baagii Beatz is pleased to announce the music for NYC Mongols
Naadam celebration 2013. The music has a largely Mongol theme. Event organizers have put considerable thought into selecting the music, and their choices blend traditional music with some newly commissioned pieces.
Address :BOSS Lounge @ Ktown; 10 West 32nd Street 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001.
“Greed keeps men forever poor, even the abundance of
This world will not make them rich.”
– Mongolian proverb
On April 9, photographer Chiara Goia will open an exhibit at The Half King of her images from the fastest growing economy in the world—Mongolia. Chiara’s work looks at the cultural impact of Mongolia’s sudden economic growing pains and boons.
“Over the course of a generation, the Mongolia of pastoral nomads herding on grand steppes is moving into memory,” says Half King curator Anna Van Lenten. “Massive deposits of gold, copper, silver, and coal are luring foreign investment, raising prices, and despoiling the steppes. Chiara’s images capture the unease of a people whose cultural heritage hangs in the balance, as they adapt over the course of a single generation, to a market economy.”
The Half King Photography Series is dedicated to showing exceptional documentary photography. In tandem with its reading series, it fosters a dialog between photographers and writers that underscores the importance of their relationship. Co-curating its photography series are James Price, photo editor at Newsweek, and Anna Van Lenten, writer and editor.
Chiara Goia was born and raised in Italy. Her clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Time, Le Figaro, andVanity Fair. Among her recognitions are the Sony World Photography Award, the Canon prize for emerging photographers, and PDN‘s 30. Documenting Mongolia’s dizzying transformations is an ongoing project.
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?
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
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, email@example.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
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.
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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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September 17 is deadline to sign up for free USDOC US-Mongolia Business Forum at MINExpo on September 24
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September 17 – September 17 is the RSVP deadline for the US Commerce Department’s Sixth US-Mongolia Business Forum on Monday, September 24, 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM, during the MINExpo 2012 trade show in Las Vegas. The Forum will focus on mining and will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. There is no charge to attend and you may attend even if you are not registered for MINExpo. All US, Canadian and Mongolian companies are welcome. Over 180 Mongolian mining executives are expected at MINExpo.To register for the Forum and receive further details, please send an email before September 17 to Ms. Zhen Gong Cross, Head of Mongolian Affairs, US Commerce Department, firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, title, company/organization, telephone number and direct email address. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Gong-Cross by email, telephone (202-482-2910) or Fax 202-482-1576. For full access to the MINExpo show, you may register at http://www.minexpo.com/attendee-information/registration.html. The General Registration fee for the show is $200 but the US.-Mongolia Business Forum on September 24 is free.
The brave young people who gathered on the streets in those cold December days in 1989, including a young man who would one day be elected as your new President, helped pave the way for Mongolia to become a dynamic and durable democracy. All over the world that year, we saw a flowering of freedom. People stood up and walls came down, said Clinton.
Democracy is never easy Americans can attest to that. And Mongolia has faced its share of challenges. But through every challenge, the people of Mongolia have pulled together and have risen to the occasion. You have become a model for emerging democracies everywhere. Whenever I visit a country that is struggling to become more democratic, I say what I said when I was in Mongolia: Let them come to Mongolia! Because I will never forget my own visit in 1995 the sweeping beauty of the steppe, the warmth and hospitality of the Mongolian people, and the aspirations of a nation committed to progress after decades of totalitarian rule.
In the years since, Mongolia has consolidated those early achievements and strengthened your democracy. Today even, Mongolian troops are serving around the world as peacekeepers, helping to bring stability to troubled lands.
Mongolians and Americans are fighting side by side in Afghanistan against violent extremists who threaten peace-loving people everywhere. We honor the service and sacrifice of your citizens, and we reaffirm the broad partnership between our two nations that is helping build a more peaceful and prosperous world.
This film was created by Dechen Kelden, a Kalmyk Mongolian who was born and raised in Jackson, NJ. She is a current student at Sarah Lawrence College who took on this project to create an accessible film for young Kalmyks to learn about their history as an Oirat group from the Western Steppes of Mongolia. She is interested in Cultural Preservation studies and working within the Tibetan community based in New York City.
This film is currently a sample and will be expanded upon in the near future with additional interviews and a possible Russian translation.
Two of the world’s greatest scholars of Mongol history joined theircollaborators NG Emerging Explorer Albert Lin and NG Archaeology Fellow Fred Hiebert in Washington, D.C. last week to discuss their findings on the Valley of the Khans project, to meet with the Mongolian Ambassador to the U.S. Khasbazaryn Bekhbat, and to engage in other conversations around their exciting work.
For the past few years, Albert has been using cutting-edge technology and innovative crowd-sourcing methods to survey the vast openness of Mongolia in search of the area where Genghis Khan was buried. His collaborators have been uncovering the history of the Mongol leader quite a bit longer.
Professors Shagdaryn Bira and Tsogt-Ichiryn Ishdorj are internationally recognized as leaders in Mongol historical research, based on the decades of intense research they have done on the subject, helping to flesh out the story of the famous conqueror, and restoring a knowledge of the rich cultural impacts of his surprisingly modern empire–one that included free trade of goods and ideas, and freedom of religion for all.
Over the years, Bira and Ishdorj’s research has been difficult at times because of the scant clues in the written record and sensitive politics surrounding the legacy of Genghis Khan.
Professor Bira is now Secretary General of the International Association for Mongol Studies, and laureate of the state prize of Mongolia for his scholarly work on the history of the country. In particular, he has won international acclaim for his multifaceted research, including papers comparing modern and Mongol-era versions of globalization and warfare in the Middle East.
Professor Ishdorj is Deputy Director of the International Association for Mongol Studies, as well as Co-Principal Investigator and Mongolian Expedition Leader on the Valley of the Khans project. Together these scholars bring an incredible amount of historic information, cultural perspective, experience, and personal passion to the project.
2012 marks 850 years since the birth of Temujin, the Mongolian man who would unite his neighbors and conquer the known world under the title of Genghis Khan. After decades of research, years of hi-tech data gathering, and months of archaeological analysis, one more chapter in the long history of this man and his legacy is nearing completion. Stay tuned to discover what secret whispers may yet rise from the silent steppes.
For the seven months in Daban I’ve been unable to find out any information about the Mongolians. People would put me off, or say they didn’t know, or they’d get back to me. Now that I am living with a plurality of them I am beginning to learn more.
The Mongolians here in Daban do not seem to have much to do with the Chinese, frequently not bothering to learn the language or have any dealings with them. One little shop I often visit which makes traditional Mongolian garments and headdresses has 5 employees and only one speaks and reads Chinese. Every time I drop in, the Bible is open on their work bench!
There is a separate school system for the Mongolians which, the Chinese tell me, is inferior to the Chinese schools, but if that is so the Mongolians have made no attempt to transfer to Chinese schools!
They are always happy to tell me they are Mongolian. One such taxi driver announced who he was and after he helped with take to my apartment with some bulky purchases, I gave him a Mongolian Bible. (We have donors who are providing these for free.) He told me, through an interpreter, that he had read this book thoroughly and knew it well – so I gave him another copy confident that he knew someone else equally conversant with scripture. But when it came to identifying a Mongolian church or a house fellowship, he was cagey. He said most Mongolians go to the Buddhist temple.
Of course that did not answer my question – about where he went. I feel sure that I will learn more as time goes by. And if he wants more Bibles he knows where my apartment is. I’ve given out more Mongolian Bibles here than Chinese New Testaments.
We all notice the personality difference between Mongolians and Chinese. The former are more relaxed, more open and interested in Americans. We learned from some scholars that Mongolians have a long history of democratic principles. Genghis Kahn was a mighty warrior but he shared power with his lieutenants. This may explain why Mongolia (the nation, not Inner Mongolia) is a solid friend of America and why we feel so welcome. It may also explain why they are not all that thrilled by the Chinese takeover of their country after 60 years of Russian rule. But they are mild mannered, happy people.
Americans need no visa to enter Mongolia, the Chinese do; while Americans have a hard time getting a visa to Russia the Chinese are welcome. All these borders are but a handful of miles from were we are living and traveling.
Naturally if Mongolians have a history of democracy going back 1200 years, they are also going to be more open to the gospel which is the most egalitarian of religions.
Last week I asked my students if any of them had been to a Christian church, and they all said no. I said maybe you would like to go with me – we go every week.
Immediately they piped up – can we go with you this Sunday? I was shocked, but said – come along. As it turned out two of them attended. One girl, from a Mongolian family said after the service, “I asked God to come to my house.” That is a great invitation if I ever heard one, and perhaps God will open up a house church through her.
For me this is a big break because this child is absolutely the best student of English that we have, and frequently I use her for simple interpretation, and in addition to perfect Chinese, of course she also speaks Mongolian.
It is these little victories that give missions its appeal.