Challenges and Projects in the American Ethnic Culture: An Interview with Dr. Otilia Baraboi

Tiberiu Dianu
Dr. Otilia Baraboi

Otilia Vieru Baraboi was born in 1976 in the city of Iaşi, Romania. She is a graduate of the universities of Iaşi, Romania (Faculty of Letters, BA, 2000), Geneva, Switzerland (Faculty of Letters, MA, 2004) and University of Washington in Seattle (MA, 2003; PhD, 2010).

Otilia Baraboi’s areas of expertise are French literature in Romania, linguistic ideology, bilingualism and diaspora studies. She is a co-founder and the Executive Director of the American-Romanian Cultural Society (ARCS) (2013).

Otilia Baraboi has been living and working as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Washington in Seattle.

I met Mrs. Otilia Baraboi on November 16, 2018 at the Romanian Embassy in Washington, DC, during a gala-symposium on issues of politics, security, management and culture, an event sponsored by the ALIANȚA (The Alliance — The Friends of the Romanian-American Alliance) Foundation.

During the event, Mrs. Otilia Baraboi was kind enough to give me a brief interview.

1. Mrs. Otilia Baraboi, you are the President of the American-Romanian Cultural Association (ARCS). Briefly present to readers how this association was born and what its goals are.

Our association was established in 2013 with the aim of promoting the Romanian culture, not only for the Romanian community, but also for the Americans who are interested in Romania.

2. What challenges has the association been facing and how do you try to overcome them?

First, we are an association based on voluntary work. It is very difficult to motivate the team to come to events, to be present at all our events throughout the year, because we have events in several sectors, we organize events in music, education and film festivals, which you have probably heard about. On average, we need at least twenty volunteers. And these people are busy, they have families, they have their own jobs. It is very difficult to motivate them to come and volunteer for the ARCS during their spare time. But I think that, because our mission is coherence, it is a well-articulated mission and it resonates deeply with the community of Romanians and Americans, in fact, I think that this has brought us together and will take us far together in the future years, too.

3. The last question. The association has been very active in promoting Romanian films in the United States. What other future projects does the association have?

Our association wants to adapt the educational programs to the new technologies. For this reason, we will create educational programs that integrate visual arts and film, as was the first ARCS summer camp this year at the University of Washington, in collaboration with the Control N Association and having as instructors the film director Iulia Rugină and actress Ioana Flora. We also want to create a method for teaching Romanian language for children of Romanian origin, an interactive and integrative method to be placed on projects, on film projects, on audio projects to create an anchorage in the current interests of the generation of Romanian-Americans.

4. Thank you very much.

Thank you.


NOTE — Versions of the article were published in:

AMERICAN THINKER (El Cerrito/San Francisco, California) [+ comments]

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and

CARIBBEAN NEWS GLOBAL (Brooklyn/New York City, New York) [ comments]

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and

CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW! (Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas) [ comments]

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and

CONSERVATIVE READ (Scottsdale/Phoenix, Arizona) [ comments]

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and

INTELLECTUAL CONSERVATIVE (Phoenix, Arizona) [4 comments]

and

MARIANAS VARIETY (Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands) [4 comments]

and

MEDIUM (San Francisco, California) [100+ views; 4 comments; 50+ likes]

and

SAIPAN TRIBUNE (Garapan/Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands) [ comments]

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and featured in:

320ro.com (Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom) [ comments]

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and

ACCENT (Toronto, Canada) [in Romanian] [ comments]

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and

ACTIVE BOARD

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and

AFRO-CONSCIOUS MEDIA (Canada; Long Beach, California) [ comments]

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and

ALTERNATIVA/THE ALTERNATIVE (Toronto, Canada) (_________ 2018) [in Romanian] [NOTE = scroll down on the journal’s home page to get the article and then press OPEN on the article]

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and

BLUNT FORCE TRUTH (Detroit, Michigan) [ comments]

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and

BURNING PLATFORM [ comments]

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and

CARIBBEAN POST (Santiago, Dominican Republic) [ comments]

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and

CLICK ROMANIA (London, United Kingdom) [in Romanian] [4 comments]

and

CURENTUL INTERNAŢIONAL/INTERNATIONAL CURRENT (Sterling Heights/Detroit, Michigan) [in Romanian] [4 comments]

and

FIWEH (Okinawa, Japan) [ comments]

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and

FREE REPUBLIC (Fresno, California) [ comments]

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and

GÂNDACUL DE COLORADO/THE COLORADO BEETLE (Estes Park/Denver, Colorado) [in Romanian] [100+ views; 4 comments]

and

GOP BRIEFING ROOM [ + views; comments]

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and

LUCIANNE.COM (Cliffside Park, New Jersey) [ + comments]

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and

LUMEA ROMÂNEASCĂ/THE ROMANIAN WORLD (Grand Rapids, Michigan) [in Romanian]

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and

MENAFN (Amman, Jordan)

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and

MERIDIANUL ROMÂNESC/THE ROMANIAN MERIDIAN (Santa Clarita/Los Angeles, California) [in Romanian]

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and

MEXICAN OCCUPATION

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and

MIORIŢA USA (Sacramento, California) [in Romanian]

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and

MORNING IN ARIZONA [ comments]

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and

NAŢIUNEA/THE NATION (Bucharest, Romania) [in Romanian] [ comments]

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and

NEW YORK MAGAZIN/NEW YORK MAGAZINE (New York City, New York) [in Romanian] [ comments]

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and

OBSERVATORUL/THE OBSERVER (Toronto, Canada) [in Romanian]

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and

OCCIDENTUL ROMÂNESC/ROMANIAN WEST (Madrid, Spain)

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and

PARADIGMS AND DEMOGRAPHICS (Cleveland, Ohio) [ comments]

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and

PROTECTORS OF LIBERTY (Mount Pleasant, Michigan) [ comments]

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and

QOSHE (Netherlands & Turkey)

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and

QWIKET (Kingston, New York) [ comments]

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and

ROMANIAN TIMES (Portland, Oregon) [in Romanian]

and also

ROMANIAN TIMES (Portland, Oregon) (print edition, pp. and ) [in Romanian]

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and

SAVE AMERICA FOUNDATION (Clearwater, Florida)

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and

TIMP ROMÂNESC/ROMANIAN TIME (Bucharest, Romania) [in Romanian] [ comments]

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and

TRIBUNA ROMÂNEASCĂ/ROMANIAN TRIBUNE (Chicago, Illinois) [in Romanian] [ comments]

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and

TRULY TIMES [ + views, comments]

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and

TRUMP’S MINUTEMEN (Fort Worth, Texas)

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and

US POLITICS 10z [ comments]

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and referenced in:

CENTRUL DE PRESĂ — PRESSPEDIA/THE PRESS CENTER — PRESSPEDIA (Bucharest, Romania) [in Romanian] [+ views]

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and

CURENTUL INTERNAŢIONAL/INTERNATIONAL CURRENT — FACEBOOK (Sterling Heights/Detroit, Michigan) [in Romanian]

and

LIBERAL FORUM

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and

MUCK RACK (New York, New York)

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and

OBAMA LIES

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and

PRESS RUSH (Turku, Finland)

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and

ZENITH NEWS (Duluth, Minnesota)

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NUMBER OF PUBLICATIONS = 8

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Tiberiu Dianu

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TIBERIU DIANU has published several books and a host of articles in law, politics, and post-communist societies. He currently lives and works in Washington, DC.

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