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Interview Gunay Evinch -Co-Chairman of TASC Mustafa Tuncer -Musiad USA President

Interview Successfull Businessman and a Community Leader

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It is a very challenging subject. Our future is the most critical subject not only for Turkish people who live abroad but also for those who live in motherland Turkey. Our mothers, fathers, relatives, and friends are always concerned about us. Now it is our turn to worry about our sons and daughters. How can we help, and what can we do? We believe that people will care more when they are more active, more involved and more evolving with the community to which they belong. Seeing even a minor change will motivate them to pursue more. We suggest that they be full of courage and do not fear speaking their minds. Speak up and tell everyone if something is wrong, and cheer up if you see something good. This is why we give them a tool to speak up and write in order to express themselves. International Heritage will be your best tool to be heard by others.


International Heritage Magazine Publisher: H Turgut Guclu Editor: Fatih Akcan Design: Necdet Cebeci Reps: Fatih Kirsanli-Colorado, Gokberk Durmaz- Japan, Alaadin Tekin-Malesia, Dan Pusey-Canada, Abdulkadir Ozden-Turkey Feedback: 302-283-9283 The views and opinions expressed in this magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of H. Turgut Guclu/ECTA. Examples of analysis performed within this magazine are only examples. They should not be utilized in real-world analytic products as they are based only on very limited and dated open source information. Assumptions made within the analysis are not reflective of the position of H. Turgut Guclu/ECTA.

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A new Journey First and foremost, I am so honored and privileged of being in the team of columnists of this magazine. I would like to thank to those who gave me this opportunity to share my opinion in general but particularly on the economic matters. I hope that this initiative of East Coast Turkish Association (ECTA) will bring success and also the gratitude of readers.

Fa t ih K irsa nli A b ou t the Aut hor Fatih Kirsanli was born in Altindag in 1990. After receiving his bachelor’s from Erzurum Ataturk University in 2012, he worked as a research assistant in the same institution for 4 months. Afterwards, he qualified to receive a scholarship provided by the National Education Ministry of Turkey in 2013. He completed his MS degree in Economics at Texas A&M University. Then, he started his PhD in Economics at Colorado State University. His interests are macroeconomics, political economy, and institutional economics. Besides being a columnist for International Heritage Magazine, he has his own blog in Turkish. He also has memberships of several associations and institutions.

During my journey in this magazine, I will touch upon global economic issues and make inferences about the Turkish economy according to these topics. I will also look through developed and developing countries by comparing them with the Turkish economy. I will be mainly writing about the macroeconomic indicators and their interpretation in this column. My articles will not be academically too heavy except the explanation of some fundamental and foundational terminology of economics. Therefore, readers would understand and make comments on them after readings. I will use world-wide-known resources to shape my articles i.e. reliable and objective interpretations will be made according to their statistical results. I also will come up with ideas of daily columnists of some magazines as well. Thus, the readers will find the chance to make the comparison between the columnists and have their own perspective in economic understandings. As aforementioned, hopefully, this start will be the beginning of global success of ECTA and its members. And, finally, the readers of this magazine will share their critiques and comments with us.


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Homesickness and Adjustment issue Turkish University Students in USA The transition to college or university can be an exciting new experience for many young adults. For some, intense homesickness can make this move difficult, even unsustainable. Homesickness— defined as the distress or impairment caused by an actual or anticipated separation from home—carries the unique hallmark of preoccupying thoughts of home and attachment objects.

Bora Ka ra nfil A b ou t the Aut hor Bora Karanfil was born in Istanbul/Bakirkoy in 1981. Years of education and training during years after the end of the cultivars studied in school, completed his BS at Ege University, Izmir, Turkey in 2008. Completed MS degree in 2011 at Wilmington University, USA. Still lives and work in USA.

It is a well-known fact that every student who sees his / her studies abroad has had difficulties for a while. Many foreign students studying in America spend a certain period of time in a new country and cultured. This situation undoubtedly applies to Turkish students as well. Adapting to a new lifestyle, culture, environment and even a foreign language are likely to play some part in homesickness, as will social anxiety, the challenge of making new friends and the pressure to succeed in academic, athletic or artistic pursuits, say the report’s authors. So what are those most frequent problems and experiences of Turkish students have experienced in their academic life at collage/university; Language problem Culture Shock Social Life and Friend Circle Academic Challenges American Cuisine and Meals Home sickness (Missing homeland-family – etc.) Talking English in every moment of your life, learning advanced English subjects in lessons can be a very challenging situation especially in the first months. This is the most common issue for all 4

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international students not only Turkish student. Every abroad students have lots of hesitate to talk or asking questions beginning of the academic year but all international students should have known about their native English speaker classmates and professors are more interested in their culture and more welcome to hear their accent and they are more appreciated to students whose native language is not English but who are trying to speak.

students. It is very important to have an American friend environment to experience an American and university experience. A good American friend helps the environment in an academic sense, social aspect, more comfortable university years. Your Turkish friends are not going anywhere or not leaving you there just be more open minded and more welcoming for other cultures and different friends. This is going to be your strength for future career and relationship for professional field on a long term.

International students realized that there are lots of cultural differences between the two countries and especially American students have much more different habits and lifestyle to them. No need to worry about or prejudge their environment. You have to remember they grown up for those rules and traditions so must be respectful their choices and lifestyle. Those differences can help every international students how to handle difficulties during Academic career at abroad.

Well New kids on the block or freshmen’s. Please learn what “Freshmen Fifteen” means because most of them going to gain at least 20 pounds about 10 kilos for the first year. Welcome to fast food culture and new American food portion. Lots of delicious snacks and more calories welcomes you. Turkish cuisines are more common in the cities and can always find easily Middle East cuisine as well. But if you can’t find any cuisine that close to your culture do not forget there is always have Kosher meals (Jewish community) cuisine every supermarket which is very close by -almost similar- to Turkish kitchen and taste. Stay away from fast food and use the school meal more often as possible. In addition, Turkish restaurants in their cities can go to a certain frequency and get Turkish cuisine.

American academic standards of American universities are more challenging and all Turkish students need to learn how to ask questions and making more communication with their professors and other classmates during that time. .Reading and especially writing skills are very important for those years so do not afraid to make mistakes on your essays or projects because those mistakes can help you become better writer and speaker for professional field.

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not homesick, the report says. Being in constant contact with Turkey is not healthy in terms of the process of getting acquainted with both the student and his family and friends. All international students and Turkish students need to focus their aim and goals during this temporarily time. Do not need to worry or ashamed about being homesick. This is very common situation and happened to all students even most of the American students who are they come from different cities and states. Stay strong, focus on your goal and be more willing to learn about those differences between two countries and other different cultures. This is one in a life time opportunity. Good luck and congratulations. You deserve that success more than anyone. Welcome to International student life.


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Business Owners Perspective by Burak Gunacti ( Ana Kose Basligi) Expectation of Hiring in PR Companies Time is changing, and technology is changing, therefore the way businesses are working are changing. People and employee’s expectations are changing too. There are more opportunities out there, and modern day applicants aren’t afraid to run after new opportunities and their dream jobs!

Burak G unacti A b ou t the Aut hor Burak G. is VP and one of three founder of east coast Turkish association. Burak has been in the USA since September 1998. While he was working, he continued his education at Wilmington University under Computer and Network Security major. Burak has been happily married since 2002. Burak has really strong roots to Turkey since his mother and brother still live in there. He would like to be great resource to Ecta to help Turkish community who lives in the United States.

Over the past year we’ve interviewed multiple people and hired some, but a few of them turned down our job offers for unknown reasons. Money, we pay good, benefit, we have one of the higher health benefits, dental, even life insurance. Vacation, paid holiday, company culture, etc. we have them all. However, there were still some individuals who didn’t accept our job offer, for different times and different positions. This made me reflect over our processes because I’m always striving to improve our company culture and the working environment for our employees. A happy working environment makes the best results for our clients. It is a great big circle. Happy employees= happy results=happy client, happy, happy, happy! After some reflection, this is what I’ve discovered… Someone may seem like they are an excellent candidate fit for a role on your team, but if they are on the fence about working for your company, then they most likely aren’t going to have the passion that is needed to thrive, and they ultimately aren’t fit for the job. Most people see nice silicon valley jobs, such as Facebook, Google, LinkedIn offices and 7

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unfortunately with unconsciously compare the jobs with those companies. Is it possible for some recent graduates to land their dream jobs at a place like Facebook or Google? Absolutely. However, with a hiring rate that makes an offer from them less likely than an acceptance letter to an ivy league school, its pretty obvious that not everyone is going to have that kind of opportunity. Try not to get too caught up in the appeal of special perks that some companies offer.There are plenty of great companies that exist that are attractive to potential employees because they have great perks and excellent reputations. However, when you’re searching for a position that is going to allow you to grow as an individual in your career, those perks shouldn’t rank higher in importance than being able to better yourself. Not all companies have a team of people riding their bikes in the office, or free food and coffee served by baristas in the cafeteria. Are those things considered “cool” perks? Definitely, but they aren’t what should be considered when it comes to deciding your future with a company.

However, the time you put into bettering yourself and the company you choose to work with will pay off and in the end you will have learned far more from working hard in a position that challenges you than you would in a position that seems appealing but may not allow for as much personal growth.

Its entirely possible that you could learn more or gain more experience from a company that is located in a small space (with no room for bikes to ride around in), that works really hard and is dedicated to their business’ success. Working for a company like that means you will be expected to work hard. You will have to place a large amount of effort into your role that will likely be filled with tight deadlines and no time to waste. 8

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Is It Hard to Get a Degree in the US? First of all, it is a privilege for me to write in International Heritage Magazine. I would like to thank all my friends here and wish them a good start. In this column, I am hoping to cover education, particularly graduate education in the U.S. for those who need little encouragement for applying schools or tips for being successful through their educational journey. For the first issue, let’s start with a little encouragement.

Abdulka di r Ozden A b ou t the Aut hor Abdulkadir Ozden is a Re search Associate in Eskisehir Osmangazi University. His work is centered around designing and improving transportation systems for safe and efficient traffic flow on different traffic modes -roadways, railways, waterways, and airways. He holds a Ph.D. and MCE from University of Delaware, and a B.S. from Ataturk University.

Is it really hard to get a graduate degree in the US? The answer is NO, it is not. However, as in many parts of our life, we have to know our abilities and limitations in order to focus on a specific degree, school, or a job to get the most benefit from. First of all, U.S. hosts nearly one million international students and about 360,000 of them are in graduate education (Masters and Ph.D. programs) according to Migration Policy Institute. Additionally, vast majority these students are funded by universities and governmental funding sources, etc. Therefore, you are not alone, and there is money for those who qualified. Then, the next question becomes if you are qualified for this education. Well, the answer depends on your field of study, educational background, and your target universities that you want to study. But don’t worry; there is still a good university if you were not a good student. So, how can you find a university you can attend? Let put a stop here for now, and continue with something you need to do before this. 9

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I’ve summarized the most vital points here: •Know yourself! Know your own study principals, strength and weaknesses, personal relations with your friends and professors, etc. •Set a target. Short- and long-term goals. •Find/Select a group of universities that fits your goals. Make a detailed research. Discuss with friends. Get professional help if necessary.


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Turkish eats on American Streets I’ve always been a big fan of trying different food visiting different restaurants and trying to pick the one thing on the menu I can barely pronounce. It’s interesting to try something that might be different and unique for me and on the other side of the world could be a household regular for the dinner table. So last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting NYC with a buddy of mine and instead of visiting my favorite spots in Chinatown, he recommends a Turkish restaurant in Brooklyn.

Mat t M uscat A b ou t the Aut hor Born in NYC and raised in Pennsylvania and Delaware, Matt has a deep appreciation of all the various culture and heritages that the world has to offer as well as all the outstanding food. He loves to travel and learn more about the world around him. When he’s not being a Sales Manager at a private company he also moonlights as a writer for his favorite publication the International Heritage Magazine.

We get to the restaurant and before I even get to the menu my Turkish friend starts shooting off all the things I have to try, so we order them! We start off with an appetizer to split called Kumpir, and for those who have never had a kumpir, it’s essentially a loaded baked potato stuffed with surprisingly all healthy ingredients but served up like a boardwalk snack. Then we move on to the entrees. I ordered the “Manti”, which is an interesting take on raviolis with a bitter but sweet yogurt sauce. It’s something I’d definitely recommend over your traditional Italian ravioli and pasta sauce. My buddy orders the Kofte, a Turkish take on the meatball, and of course we split those too. While we’re eating the café is packed and I re alize I’m not the only one with Turkish-food fever as I see all kinds of nationalities eating beside us. Of course, he tells me how the restaurant is great but it’s 10x better back home in Istanbul and that if I ever went to visit I’d put on 10lbs after I’d have what they call a Turkish Breakfast. Which is a huge smorgasbord of food all spread to share. Ready to roll out of my booth from the food we had we order a traditional Turkish coffee and get the check. All in all it was a great experience trying new foods and learning new things, so hats off to the Turks for the great food and I hope other Americans out there stumble on this place and try something new.


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The Future of Immigrant Children Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a kind of administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA gives young undocumented immigrants: protection from deportation, and a work permit.

Hayal Ece Ozer A b ou t the Aut hor Hayal Ece Ozer was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She moved to the United States in 2007. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science & International Relations and a second degree in Political Communication from the University of Delaware. Hayal Ece Ozer has experience as an intern at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara, and as a research assistant at the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV). She also Worked in the 2012 US presidential elections as a field organizer.

In the past four years, more than 700,000 people were approved for a two-year renewable authorization to remain in the U.S. under DACA. Now the policy that protected them from deportation could be used to send them back to a country they may not even remember. Unauthorized immigrants from Mexico make up more than three-quarters of all DACA recipients. Since the program started, 78% of approved applications both initial (618,342) and renewals (622,170) have come from Mexicans. The Trump administration has not yet made a decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects some young undocumented immigrants. Trump has wavered on his view toward DACA since the presidential campaign when he unequivocally called for the end of the program. But last week he defended to program on his Twitter account the undocumented immigrants protected under DACA, calling them “good, educated and accomplished young people” who “have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own.” The Trump administration needs to co-decide with the Democrats on this law. The fact that the Trump administration, which does not yet have a particular foreign policy strategy, has yet to decide on immigration has received a huge reaction from media. 12

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So-called “Armenian Genocide!” What does the world really know about Armenian tragedy? Did the Ottoman government really commit a genocide against Armenians? Why were Ottoman-Armenians relocated to Syria and Iraq forcibly? Is the death toll of Armenians really 1,500 million or less? What happened during and after the relocation? Don’t you think each one of historians, governors, senators, and Governments, who attempt to recognize so-called Armenian genocide or any genocide, have to find the answers to these questions?

Fa t ih Ozon ur A b ou t the Aut hor Fatih Ozonur is from Izmir, Turkey. He studied Criminal Justice during in University and is currently a Security Speacilist.

The description of the genocide is “a term used to describe violence against members of a national, ethnical, racial or religious group with the intent to destroy the entire group.” Since the description is very clear to understand and if we image the genocide really carried out against Armenians in 1915, then why 600 thousand Armenians came back home after the Ottoman government’s decree of return for the Armenians on December 31, 1918? If you were an Armenian, would you come back? If the destruction was planned on Armenians to wipe them all from Ottoman territories, then why the Armenians weren’t relocated from Istanbul and some other cities? How about the trial in Malta Island! Did you hear anything about it which was the International legal action against Turkish high-rank officials to sentence them for so-called “Armenian genocide” in Malta Island, 1921? WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT TRIAL WAS FOR BRITISH! How many of the people, who recognized the so-called “Armenian genocide “, know that the occupier British army searched to find evidence almost 30 months in Istanbul to prove so-called “Armenian genocide” and FOUND NOTHING? 13

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For more details, Sir Auckland Geddes, the British Ambassador in Washington DC, decided to send his staff to US State consuls for regarding Lord Curzon’s request from Malta Island for the trial. A British officer was permitted to see a selection of reports from the United States consuls on the subject of the atrocities committed on the Armenians during the recent war.

We, majority of the Turks, personally I, don’t say nothing happened Armenians in the events of 1915 but We, MOST of the Turks, I strongly, say that whatever happened the Armenians was a tragedy not a genocide; moreover, the same things, maybe the worst crimes were carried out by Armenian terrorist bands, which were formed by Russian Tsar, on Turks, Kurds, and Jews too during imperialists’ idea Armenian rebellion.

Here is the result of searching from Mr. W. S. Edmonds, a member of the British Foreign Office, “ The Archives of the United States of America. No genocide proof could be found here, despite the ton of propaganda from Morgenthau and his bigoted consuls.”[1] and the British Embassy in Washington DC, “These reports, judged by the State Department to be the most useful for the purpose of His Majesty’s government, being chosen from among several hundreds. I regret to inform your Lordship that there was nothing therein which could be used as evidence against the Turks who are being detained for trial in Malta.”[2]

Let’s not change the subject! The well known British historian Arnold Toynbee is the author of “Blue Book (1915)” which is used by Armenian Diaspora as an evidence to prove so-called “Armenian genocide” nowadays. The same author, Arnold Toynbee, in his book “The Western Question in Greece and Turkey in 1922, admits, “I was being employed by His Majesty’s Government to compile all available documents on the present treatment of the Armenians by the Turkish Government in a ‘Blue Book,’ which was duly published and distributed as war-propaganda!”[3]. I believe, there are two main points in his speech, at least for me, the first one is the author does not use the word of genocide to describe the Events of 1915 and second one is, as he mentions, the book was written to make war propaganda against the Ottoman government but not for the Armenian issues and demands. Here is what the Independent Armenia’s First Prime Minister Hovhannes Katchaznouni says in his book, ”There were the usual complaints that the powers were unfair, did not appreciate us and did

As the result of the attentive and meticulous search, which was conducted by British in Istanbul and Washington DC, produced nothing, so, British officials dropped the case and released all the detained 59 Turks in Malta Island. Do you think they would be free, if there was any found evidence or if one of these detainees associated with somebody who massacred any Armenians? Maybe that’s why the US and British governments still haven’t recognized the so-called “Armenian genocide, have they? 14

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not compensate us according to what we deserved. » [4] It is common knowledge that the Treaty of Lausanne signed on July 24, 1923,...”

[1] British Archives, PRO-F. 0. 371/ 6504/E.8519: Foreign Office minutes. [2] British Archives, PRO-F. 0. 371/6504/E.8515 R.C. Craigie, British Charge d’Affairs at Washington, to Lord Curzon, Telegram No 722 of July 13, 1921

There are also many other western archives show that so-called “Armenian genocide” is based on fake stories and false reports, just like US Admiral Mark L. Bristol wrote on his “Report on Operations”, “I have reports from my own Intelligence Officer and know that the ARMENIAN REPORTS ARE NOT TRUE...The Near East Relief have the reports from Yarrow and our own American people which show absolutely that such ARMENIAN REPORTS ARE ABSOLUTELY FALSE.”[5] Admiral Bristol was the United States High Commissioner in Turkey (1919-27)

[3] “The Western Question in Greece and Turkey: a Study in the Contact of Civilizations,” Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1922, p. 50. [4] Armenian Revolutionary Federation has Nothing to do Anymore P.13. Published by the Armenian Information Service Suite 7D, 471 Park Ave. New York 22, 1955 [5] BristolPapers.htm

Another evidence from another American, Edward Fox, THERE WERE NO MASSACRES..” “The Turks marched into Kars and the Armenians ran away without firing a shot except from two or three places on the hill in the beginning, and this firing soon ceased. Many of the Armenians threw away their guns, stripped off their uniforms and hid in the houses, especially in the Near East Relief orphanages and hospitals with the children. The Turks were very badly clothed and therefore every Armenian soldier they captured they stripped and took the clothes for themselves. There were no massacres except certain Armenians were killed and this was reported to be for crimes committed.” [6]

[6] BristolPapers.htm

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Notes of a Young Turkish Scholar on Japan

Gokberk Durmaz A b ou t the Aut hor Gokberk Durmaz is a Ph.D. Candidate at University of Tsukuba in Japan. He held a MA degree in International (Japan) Studies from the same university. He studied English and American History at University of Delaware, US. He also a sponsored-scholar, for his graduate studies, by Turkish Ministry of National Education.

Japan, as a beautiful harmony of tradition and modernity, is still one of the most advanced countries although her static economy in last years. The population is about 128 million people and 98.5 % is ethnic Japanese. Japanese Citizenship Law does not allow to dual-citizenship and it is based on bloodline. Thus, unlike other developed countries, very few Japanese Passport holders do not belong to Japanese ethnicity. However, when it comes to Japanese identity, it can be interpreted differently. Because Japan still has strong ties with her tradition, history and culture. Therefore, other minorities (such as Korean people who live in Japan under the Special Immigration Status and even foreign immigrants) are deeply affected by Japanese Identity. (*I will touch this Identity matter in following articles) Official records say more than 4.000 Turkish people live in Japan. Living in Japan is one of the most extreme experiences that you can ever face in different ways. I will group them as social- daily life, business life (public and private), academic life. In this paper I will mention Social-Daily life. Social Life is, maybe, the toughest one for a foreigner in Japan. The Society of Japan is a collectivist, but in meanwhile it is one of the most pro-individuals, so isn’t it weird? How? Particularly for Western foreigners, it really hard to understand Japanese ideas, values, approaches. They see a very modern country in Asia, meantime very closed society that has strong tradition. 16

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solitary person: the portion of meals -availability of Japanese home-foods outside-, furniture, portions of foods in grocery store – most of them sell by singly. If you live in Japan, you should not think about buying something in a big portion and cheaper, which is our (Turks) main fundamental.

On the other hand, as Turkish People, we are one-more-step forward than the Westerns (but just one-more-step not that much) in case of understanding Japan. As Turkish People, we also like our tradition, history, culture. Similarly, Japanese people is very proud with their history – the unique point is Japanese people have been living in exactly same location in the world for thousands of years. They didn’t have to migrate anywhere. It also helps Japan for keeping ties with their past. Personally, those strong and closed society relations make Japanese society more collectivist. For instance, most of the western business people criticize Japan because of her endeavor for providing more (more than they need) job- positions to also decrease unemployment rate of Japan. It is unusual even for Turkey. As second example, Japanese people are extremely careful with their behavior inside the society. Because their reputation suddenly can be destroyed on eyes of Japanese people with a simple wrong or rude behavior. When we compare the Turkish society up until a particular point can be seen similar, Turkish people also afraid another’s gossip. However, the difference is –with together modernity- Turkish people can behave more relax with in a group of people who are not familiar or not relatives, in contrast, for Japanese people only one another Japanese is enough to limit their free behaviors. You may be seen on the documentaries that houses and apartments in Japan is extremely small. It is not only because they do not have places, but also because they prefer to live apart than their families. Everything, in Japan, are designed for a

Lastly, as another side of social life, getting a Japanese friend is so hard, I personally know a lot of students that do not have any Japanese friend after even 4 or 5 years. The reason is not only Japanese society is not very foreign-friendly, but also Japanese people do not have many (Japanese) friends. Japanese people see spending a lot of time with friends as time-wasting. Japanese students mostly have one or two friends from student clubs –the idea is sharing same interests-. For Japanese workers, even worse, they literally do not have time to friendship, if they have time after work, they usually go eat and drink out with his colleagues –sometimes those meetings are covered by their employer. In conclusion, social life in Japan is completely different than what we learn. It is not apart from Japanese people’s work or school life. Japanese people’s targets, reputations, and contributions to the Japanese society are the most important ones.


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As an Outsider I’ve been an outsider most of my life. I moved several times growing up and since my wife and I were married 13 years ago, we’ve moved over 15 times; sometimes only for a few months, sometimes for a year or more. Some of those moves were only a few miles and some were thousands of miles, but each one was a new place with new neighbors, new surroundings and more boxes that probably weren’t going to get unpacked. I became accustomed to being the outsider, the yabancı.

Dan Pusey A b ou t the Aut hor Dan grew up in Pennsylvania, attended university in Canada, and lived and worked in Istanbul, Turkey for a while. He is married to the love of his life and has 4 amazing children who are probably interrupting him right now. He loves driving his Jeep, eating good food and doing stuff.

There are many ways to judge a people; patriotism, environmentalism, education, dominant religion, political leanings and many others; but I most often judge people by how they treat others, particularly those who are less fortunate and less able to care for themselves. The Bible often speaks of God caring for the strangers or the foreigners. How a culture cares for others shows a great deal about where their values lie as a people. I’ve spent most of my life observing first hand how people treat the stranger, and now as a father, seeing how people treat my children. Right now, the USA is incredibly divided. Many want to remove most of the provisions and government programs for the less fortunate and the foreigners, while others want to strengthen these programs. Healthcare has been an issue for decades, immigration is confusing at best and adoption is an incredibly expensive bureaucratic mess. In my opinion, the US, as a nation, is not very good at welcoming or taking care of foreigners. On an individual level, the nation is likewise divided, but truthfully, most Americans are not very good at truly welcoming the stranger. Americans smile and 18

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chat briefly, but don’t have strangers into our homes for a meal, don’t take the time to show them around and help them become acquainted with their new surroundings and really don’t like dealing with them when they aren’t able to communicate well in English. Americans are taught to be independent, and they expect others to be so as well. Those who are not are most often seen as an inconvenience.

in Turkey. Even in a place where they are the foreigner, Turks treat “outsiders” with dignity, respect and true kindness. This is something that Americans would do well to learn from their foreign neighbors. As one who has lived as the yabancı for most of my life, I can say that America may be “The land of opportunity”, but Turkey is the home of hospitality. While we were a novelty to some, the vast majority of our neighbors were genuinely happy to have us there. Not counting my family, I have had dinner in the homes of more Turkish families than I have those of American families. Turkish people are warm, inviting and genuinely compassionate. Even if your Turkish is terrible, they’re still glad to have you. They are also a fiercely loyal people. Insult their nation, their political stance or even their soccer team and you’ve got a fight on your hands…but, at the end of the “discussion” they’ll still sit down with you for tea and invite you back tomorrow. Though they are loyal to many things, that loyalty never interferes with valuing the person who is before them. Kindness to strangers is woven deep into the fabric of the Turkish people.

Then there are the Turks. Turks are some of the most welcoming people I have ever had the pleasure of living among. When we lived in Turkey, not only were we welcomed openly and warmly everywhere that we went, but our children were dearly loved by everyone. While we were a novelty to some, the vast majority of our neighbors were genuinely happy to have us there. Not counting my family, I have had dinner in the homes of more Turkish families than I have those of American families. Turkish people are warm, inviting and genuinely compassionate. Even if your Turkish is terrible, they’re still glad to have you. They are also a fiercely loyal people. Insult their nation, their political stance or even their soccer team and you’ve got a fight on your hands…but, at the end of the “discussion” they’ll still sit down with you for tea and invite you back tomorrow. Though they are loyal to many things, that loyalty never interferes with valuing the person who is before them. Kindness to strangers is woven deep into the fabric of the Turkish people.

Unsurprisingly, Turkish people here in the US and Canada are just as welcoming and just as genuinely happy to have you over to their home as those who live in Turkey. Even in a place where they are the foreigner, Turks treat “outsiders” with dignity, respect and true kindness. This is something that Americans would do well to learn from their foreign neighbors. As one who has lived as the yabancı for most of my life, I can say that America may be

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Turkish Diaspora in the US I have been volunteering in NGO’s since 2013. I met a lot of new people and different communities. I have experienced the difficulties to convince and organize people in many separate occasions. The most simple one was the picnics. The hardest one was the Let History Decide social media campaign/Solidarity Walk in 2015. Last two years, I have noticed that NGO’s in general, and other communities have the lack of some things to be organized and come together.

H. Turgut Guclu A b ou t the Aut hor After earning his undergraduate degree in Sociology, he studied MS Human Resources Management at Wilmington University. Upon earning his Master’s degree, he started to work as a Training Specialist for a Construction Company. Since 2008 He gained different Titles as Marketing Manager, Purchasing Manager, Human Resource Manager and finally General Manager/ VP in the same company. He is a co-founder and current President of ECTA East Coast Turkish Association. Mr. Guclu also serves as a Board Member of Turkish American Steering Committee. He regularly volunteers at benefit events that serve the local community. Turgut and his wife have a son and daughter and live in state of Delaware.

I started thinking about that missing link and decided to observe. I am hoping to put some data together and analyze this issue. That is why we are going to look deeper into Diaspora and its meaning. Let’s start with a dictionary and see how they describe it. Definition; Cambridge English Dictionary “*politics & government the scattering of people from their original country to other places. *world history, politics & government Diaspora is the forced movement of Jews from Israel. *world history, politics & government The Diaspora is also the Jews who live outside of Israel.”(1) Reason; Based on the description, Turkish Diaspora is not forced to be in the US. There is a voluntary action in Turkish people who come here amongst different reasons such as studying, living, traveling, etc. This is for certain that Turkish people are not here because of a war, discrimination, ethnic cleansing, or political/governmental issues. 20

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Members; There is no official application to be part of a Diaspora. This rule alone makes every individual automatically a member of a diaspora. Although there is no rule to become a member, there is no regulation to kick anybody out of it either. The only categorization we can make for a diaspora member is active, some what active, or not active. Any kind of an association established by diaspora members are becoming a part of diaspora as well. Again, we only have just a categorization for establishments like individuals. As a result of the September issue under Turkish Diaspora title, we tried to cover its basics. Hope to give you more details on next issue. Until next issue be part of the community and stay connected to the community. References (1)-“diaspora.�Def.http://dictionary. diaspora. Oxford Dictionaries, August 08, 2017. Web.


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diversity in lifestyles, religiosity, political beliefs, education, profession, vocation, and socio-economic backgrounds. TASC’s mission is to build Turkish American solidarity within diversity, based on respect and collaboration. We are working to focus that solidarity on the civic empowerment of the Turkish American community, and productive US-Turkish relations. What is your role?

Interview with TASC Co-Chairman of the Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC)

As TASC represents a broad spectrum of Turkish Americans, I represent Turkish Americans who lead less conservative lifestyles, including less pious lives — we have been called many names, such as “elitists” and “snobs”. While I do believe that decades of alienating the Anatolian heartland Turk has played a strong role in today’s political polarizations, my personal mission is to reverse that with good deeds and real service to the broader community.

When did you join TASC? I am a co-foudner of the Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC). In 2014, I started at TASC as Secretary General, while I was also serving as Past President of the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA). In 2015, I became Co-Chairman of TASC. Today, I serve along side Co-Chairman Halil Mutlu. are TASC has 15 Members of the Board of Directors, representing Turkish Americans from all regions and walks of life.

My role model is Ataturk, who when landing in Samsun to start the Turkish Independence Movement, embraced all the people of Anatolia. He did not pick and choose; he respected everyone. Meanwhile, my dear friend and Co-Chairman Halil Mutlu represents Turkish Americans who are more conservative in their life styles and religious practices. Together, Halil and I represent the important principle of Turkish American solidarity within diversity, bridging people of Turkish American heritage on common values and common goals. As in the past, modern Turkish sovereignty and independence depends on solidarity based on respect and collaboration.

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As a member of TASC, how do you think TASC should serve the Turkish American and broader American communities?

moderately ill, moderately violent, moderately less like the West. I’m reminded of what Gandhi said when he visited London for the first time and was asked, “How do you like western civilization?” Gandhi replied, I’ll tell you, when I see it.” The term “Moderate Islam” feeds off of fear the West has of the East. But, as Ataturk said about his Turkish heritage, “Biz bize benzeriz” - “We are like ourselves”. We don’t need to be anybody’s Guinea pig, lab rat, “model”.

TASC is a bridge between people, a marriage counselor between spouses, a trusted friend. Everything we do, we do for the Turkish American community and for American democracy. Indeed, we see no boundaries, as we will work with anyone who loves Turkey and America, and who also believes that, as the Turkish saying goes, “a broken arm stays in the sleeve.” We are a family, and family problems stay in the family — no need to help our adversaries.

TASC is the wise and brave voice of future generations of Turkish Americans. In what ways can TASC affect relations between Turkey and the United States?

TASC is the voice of mainstream Turkish Americans. We oppose the Armenian allegation of genocide, while urging reconciliation with our millennial Armenian brethren. We support the self determination of Turkish Cypriots, who have demanded for so long to be respected for their diversity on the island of Cyprus, and who want to govern themselves in a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation. We demand justice for victims of terrorism, including more than 45,000 Turkish citizens who have been killed by the PKK, hundreds of Turkish citizens who have been killed by ISIS, and over 75 Turkish citizens who were killed by ASALA and JCAG. We want Turkey to be respected for what it is — a secular democracy and plural society based on a common nationality, not what it is not and will never be — a experiment of the Gulen cult concealed as “Moderate Islam”. To me, the term “Moderate Islam” is clinical and derogatory, as if we are

We can educate law makers and policy makers in Washington and Ankara. We can serve as the conscience of both nations, encouraging more humility and more listening to one another. We already serve on the Heritage Council of the United States Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Recently, we provided a briefing about the Turkish American community to the Council. We also have periodic meetings with the United States Department of State and in Congress and the Senate. Recently, we delivered photo albums of the Tragedy of the July 15 Military Coup Attempt to all members of the Senate. Next week, we will deliver the albums to all the members of the House of Representatives. In California we successfully opposed a bill which aimed to divest the California Pension Plan from Turkey. Also in California, we successfully 23

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Do you have a special suggestion for second generation Turkish Americans?

persuaded the Govenor to deny the paroled release of a JCAG terrorist who had assassinated a Turkish diplomat in Los Angeles in 1982. Indeed, our website,, mobilized thousands of letters from across the country, and Australia where the widow resides, to the Governor’s office in Sacramento. We are everywhere, quietly working for the Turkish American community. In 2018, TASC will organize a leadership tour of Turkey, as we plan to take Turkish American leaders to meet with Turkish private and public sector leaders, and to visit the farthest reaches of Turkey’s beautiful geography and cultures — a homecoming which is long overdue.

I am a second generation Turkish American, and to my children I have taught, Kucuklerimi Korumak, Buyuklerimi Saymak. The best way to life to your heritage is to honor your founding fathers and mothers, by educating and guiding your children. Your heritage is your future. Turks have a heritage of hospitality, courage, kindness, hard work, and enthusiasm — “young Turks”. Volunteer for your Teachers Parents Association (PTA). Be a coach for your girl’s soccer team. Run for school student body president. Run for public office in your city, county, or state. At least serve on the the Homeowners Association of your community! Put your money where your mouth is by donating to the various Turkish American Political Action Committees, such as TC-USA PAC, who in turn will give to your favorite political campaigns, strategically in the name of the Turkish American community. Adopt a lifestyle of good health, good fun, and good civic life.

Do you believe TASC represents every Turkish American community member in the United States? I think there are one or two who are still considering whether to join us! Actually, there is a healthy portion of Turkish Americans who are skeptical about the Turkish American solidarity movement. I must admit, solidarity is strange, because old world instinct is to push away and not speak to one another. Solidarity, on the other hand, requires intelligence, good will, and courage. It is always risky to open your heart. This fall, TASC will start a national tour to speak with the grassroots, to answer their questions, to address their concerns, and hopefully to build bridges of cooperation. We will also host many activities at the Washington Turkish House, in Washington DC. All are welcome! The Turkish House is Your House! There is nothing to lose in cooperation, and so much to gain. 24

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Mr. Tuncer, We would like to thank you for being with us. It is such an honor to have you in International Heritage’s first issue.  I promise it will be short and direct questions.    We all know you but for our audience who does not know you, who is Mr. Tuncer in 3 sentences? 

Interview with Mustafa Entrepreneur/Activist/ Community Leader Must af a Tun cer A b ou t the Aut hor Mustafa Tuncer After earning his undergraduate degree in Public Relations and Advertising, Mustafa Tuncer was a founding partner and the cre ative genius for Spring Advertising agency. Following this, he worked in several companies as a sales associate, sales manager, marketing specialist etc., all the while working toward an MBA from Wilmington University

Ambition. I am well aware of the people’s struggle in my country and its surrounding regions. I strongly believe in order to support my country and the surrounding regions, I need to work harder Empathetic. Everyone makes mistakes. There were times that I was expecting empathy from others when I made mistakes. Which lead me to understand the significance of empathy. Perfectionist. During a task, I like to make sure I get things done utterly perfect. Which is why I expect the same efforts from others. You are a successful business owner and a well know public figure within Turkish American Community. What is the secret behind your success as a business man?  The two basis for maintaining steady success are the expectations and the team. When it comes down to expectation, I don’t expect anything from my employees that I would not do myself. Expectations need to be fair, just and realistic. A solid and loyal team is the support system for a successful business. Which is why I care and value my team.   25

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I would like to ask a similar question about your social responsibilities as well. What motivates you to be really active in the social platforms?   Every individual has a debt to their country. Priority to my success, I had support from my family and country. Being at my prime but abroad, it’s not easy to directly give back to my country so I try to give back to the Turkish community and its needs the best that I can.

If you could give a piece of advice to the to youth of the Turkish Americans, what would it be? The embedded mindset in the U.S. is to earn to spend. This is the element that keeps the country’s economy standing. When we take a look at other geographic areas, of course their economy is based on earning and spending but the people are also engaged and have social responsibilities. With good examples, if the second generation only adapts the standard economic lifestyle, they would become lost within Americas modern system. This would a disappointment to our humanitarian values. Especially as the descendants of the Anatolian culture, this would cause us true sorrow and disappointment.

What would you like to suggest for Turkish American community members as far as being more active? Modern world is seems to be working off of individualism. We see and experience this as we live in the United States. Human history has shown us that a well organized communities are more productive and successful. In order for us to get stronger and more successful as a community, we need to resist individualism and take part in our community. It’s also proven in history that well organized communities successfully pass on their heritage and culture to the generations to come. To avoid  future generations being oblivious to their Turkish heritage and culture, I would strongly recommended Turkish Americans to get together to not just be a part of a Turkish Communities but to cooperate as well. Being neighbors does not mean together, it’s to take part and take action.

Living in the United States, we may be unaware of what is happening in our native countries. That does not mean that the world is only relevant if it’s related to what happening in America. Getting lost within this modern system leads to being emotionless and immune to sympathy. I believe the most valuable thing we can pass down to the next generation is this knowledge and the transition to pass it on. The second generation must travel the world. I believe that by traveling and visiting other countries, they will see for themselves and understand that the there are much more going on outside of the States.


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We all know that the Turkish and American governments always describe their relationship as a strategic alliance. I see a big hypocrisy in this relationship and I believe our audience will agree with me as well. We experienced the Iraqi wars, all of the issues in the past 20 years and currently experiencing the Syrian War. Where do you think this hypocrisy comes from?

As we all agree, Turkey is changing and growing Economically, Socially etc. Do you feel this change effects Turkish American Community in the US? If so, please explain. Turkish Americans are still going through its first generation while the turkish communities in European countries are already at their 3rd and 4th generations. The social and economic mind set of any 1st generations living abroad usually is not at the same perspective as a 3rd and 4th generations. Naturally, a 1st generations priority is the social, economical and educational security for the future of their family. Turkey is not the same country it was 20 years ago. Along with the rest of the world, Turkey is also advancing. Unfortunately, I believe the Turkish Americans could not keep up with the changes and is left a little behind from the rest of the world.

Every country follows the foreign politics for their own benefits. From previous examples, The U.S. government has considered their relations with other countries from a gain/loss perspective. Not from a humanitarian but a materialistic point of view. The U.S government is not as generous with humans rights, such as the freedom of speech to other countries as it is with it’s own citizens.

As I promised I am trying to keep this interview short. If you would like to reach out to our team and audiences, what would you like to tell them before finishing your interview. Thank you for your valuable time and being here with us. We wish you best.   

Just as how America doesn’t look at its relationship with Turkey emotionally, Turkey also must not look it from that perspective. Which is why when Turkey gathers around the table, we must look at it from a gain/loss perspective as well. Which is why Turkey cannot accept or support the United States aid to the PYD. Although Turkey has warned that this short term solution to aiding the PYD would cause greater damage in the long run, the U.S. government argues that it’s short term solution benefits overpowers long term damages.


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“Being a candle is not easy; in order to give light one must burn.” “Eine Kerze zu sein ist nicht einfach. Es muss zuerst brennen, um zu leuchten. “ “ろくそくになる事は簡単ではない。光を与える為には燃えなけ ればならない” “Nao e facil ser a vela, primeira tem que queimar para iluminar.” “Menjadi lilin tidaklah semudah yang disangka; untuk memberi cahaya, sesuatu mestilah dikorbankan.” “Нелегко быть свечой: чтобы излучать свет, вначале нужно гореть.” “Şam olmaq asan deyil. İşıq saçmaq üçün öncə yanmaq gərəkdir.” ‫ ﻳﺠﺐ أن ﺗﻀﺤﻲ‬، ‫ ﻷﻧﻚ ﺣﺘﻰ ﺗﻀﻲء ﻃﺮﻳﻖ ﻣﻦ ﺣﻮﻟﻚ ﻣﻦ اﻟﻨﺎس‬،‫أن ﺗﻜﻮ ن ﺷﻤﻌﺔ ﻟﻴﺲ ﺳﻬﻼ‬ ‫ﺑﻨﻔﺴﻚ ﻷﺟﻠﻬﻢ‬.



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