I never thought the question “Where are you from” could confuse a university professor to an extent of giving an unsatisfying answer.
Professor Kazak from University of Colorado didn’t know how to answer the same question that he had just asked me. “I am from Armenia,” said I and asked the professor where he was from.
“Near Armenia…” said the professor.
“Near Armenia?! I had not heard of that country!”
“I am basically Palestinian,” finally said Professor Kazak.
Being always considerable of both Israeli and Palestinian arguments on their conflict I was speechless this time.
It must hurt when you don’t have a country to say you are from – the case for the Jews for two thousand years, and now the case for the Palestinians.
Now I feel the joy of having Armenia – no matter how small, how powerless and even how corrupt.