CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With hundreds of delegates and alternates in attendance, the California delegation to the
“The convention is very educational,” said Minassian, who came to Glendale from
Minassian, 50, a self-employed accountant, said she is the only Armenian-American in the state delegation, but is hopeful she can get others from her community involved.
"They are not as active as they should be," said Minassian, vice-president of the Glendale Democratic Club. "I think this comes from our culture, because we are coming from countries in the Middle East, and they are not very active in politics in their countries. For myself, coming from Iran, it was very hard as a woman to get involved in politics, especially as a Christian. I know this is the same with other Armenians. This culture has been with us and it will take some time to get everybody involved with the politics here."
Wearing a green jacket and wide-brimmed hat covered in Obama buttons, she carried a handmade sign that read, “Armenian American 4 Obama” while watching speeches by former President
"They have been tremendously under pressure. They have been pushed out of the country. There is nowhere for them to go. They have been living on the mountains," she said. "I was trying to get that as part of the platform. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to, but I will try to do my best to get attention to that."