Summer 2003 (11.2)
First of all, thanks
for all you do to benefit our country. I'm a foreign exchange
student from Azerbaijan, studying in high school in Arizona.
I really enjoy reading your magazine. It makes me want to be
a better person.
I've read so many articles that have touched me so deeply.
Living abroad, it's easy to judge and criticize everybody back
home since we're not facing their problems. I think that you're
doing a great job to inspire people to change their views and
not be pessimistic-that's basically what has happened with me.
You're not just providing people with fascinating articles; you're
making a positive change in our lives.
One of my favorite articles was about Chingiz Mustafayev [TV
cameraman who lost his life in the Karabakh War.
See "Eyewitness to the Century", Vol 7.3, Autumn 1999.
Search at AZER.com]. After reading it, I barely could think about
anything else. A couple of weeks later in English class, we had
a writing assignment and I wrote a poem about Chingiz.
I try to volunteer as often as I can, spending hours introducing
Azerbaijani culture and lifestyle. I've done this in my English
class and in a couple of classes at nearby Middle Schools. I'm
trying to describe the beauty of our country and culture to Americans-since
so many of them have never heard of the country where I came
from. I've already convinced one of my American friends to come
to visit our country in the summer for a couple of weeks.
During my second semester this year, I took a class called KPHS
which is related to the T.V. station of our school.
Our main assignment involves making announcements for school,
but I also try to use this opportunity to introduce people to
our country. Sometimes I introduce our music and give brief information
about our culture.
I'm learning to be much more active and politically conscious
than ever before; everybody has to start somewhere and maybe
this "some day" has come for me because I've been reading
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