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[[Image:4raffis.jpg|thumb|350px|Raffi Kojian is the 2nd Raffi from the left. Copyright (c) 2006, Raffi Kojian, all rights reserved]]
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{{Person
Raffi Kojian is the creator and webmaster of Armeniapedia.org and Cilicia.com.  Born to [[Bedros Kojian|Bedros]] and Anahid in [[Ethiopia]], my family moved to the USA when I was young.  I grew up in Orange County, [[California]], and after a couple of stays in Armenia, moved there in 1999, where I reside today.  After extensive travel in Armenia, in 2001 I published the first edition of [[Rediscovering Armenia Guidebook|Rediscovering Armenia]], much of which was to [[Brady Kiesling]]s credit, the second expanded and updated edition was published in 2005 - though it is always [[Rediscovering Armenia Guidebook|available online for free]].  In the summer of 2001 I was hired to open Armenia's first [http://www.armeniainfo.am tourist information office], which opened at 3 [[Nalbandian Street]]. Hobbies/interests include gardening, reading, "remonding", cafes, and the ever-challenging in a land-locked country beach visit.  I have strong libertarian tendencies, preferring government to let people do their own thing, as long as they are not harming their neighbors or the environment unfairly.
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|Sex=Male
 
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|Birthplace name=Ethiopia
In the 1990s I created some of the first freeware Armenian truetype fonts. Masis (originally named Ararat), Arax, Sasun, and much later, Tamar.  Plus a for-fun font to create borders.
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|Birthplace coordinates=9.145, 40.489673
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|Lived in=Ethiopia, Orange County, Yerevan, Los Angeles
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|Languages=Armenian, English, Spanish
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|Ethnicities=Armenian
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|Armenian dialects=Eastern Armenian, Western Armenian
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|Ancestral villages=Marash, Gesaria
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Owner of Armeniapedia.org (founded in 2004) and Cilicia.com (founded in 1996 on my netcom webspace at the time)
  
 
===Publication and mentions===
 
===Publication and mentions===
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*'''Armenian Impressions''' book of Armenia photos, one of three photographers. ISBN 9994120573
 
*'''Armenian Impressions''' book of Armenia photos, one of three photographers. ISBN 9994120573
 
*Appeared in 1994 documentary '''Beyond Commitment''' on [[Land and Culture Organization]].
 
*Appeared in 1994 documentary '''Beyond Commitment''' on [[Land and Culture Organization]].
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*Appeared in 2006 documentary '''[http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/titans/2008-01-22-long-crash_N.htm The Long Journey from the NFL to Armenia]''' on NFL star [[Rien Long]]
 
*Mentioned as "one Armenian nationalist blogger" (and a drooling one at that) in '''The New Republic''' July 23, 2007 article, "[[K Street Cashes In On The 1915 Armenian Genocide]]".
 
*Mentioned as "one Armenian nationalist blogger" (and a drooling one at that) in '''The New Republic''' July 23, 2007 article, "[[K Street Cashes In On The 1915 Armenian Genocide]]".
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*'''Murder at the Altar''', novel by Terry Phillips. (mentioned in acknowledgments) ISBN 1892918021
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*'''[[Here (2011 movie)|Here]]''', 2011 movie by [[Braden King]].  Thank you in the credits.
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*'''[http://www.janapar.org/w//images/f/f4/Artikel_Janapar-Trail_klein.pdf Sonntag Aktuell article]''' about the Janapar Trail (Deutch - May 13, 2012)
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*Le Janapar Trail - an article in '''Nouvelles d'Armenie''' (French - April 2013)
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*Destination Janapar - an article in '''[[Yerevan (magazine)|Yerevan Magazine]]''''s U.S. edition in May, 2013.
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*'''[http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-national-call-for-armenians-to-edit-wikipedia Armenia Wants Every Armenian to Write a Wikipedia Article]''' - an article in Motherboard / Vice.com (August 1, 2014)
  
===AASCI Signature===
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==Plants==
In the early 1990's I often used the following aasci art at the end of my messages.  At the time it was used in the first edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Internet as an example of ASCII art.  (Yes, [[Mt. Ararat]] is shown from the Western Armenia perspective)
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Some plants that I've brought to Armenia and donated to the Yerevan Botanical Garden include: Japanese Lantern Hibiscus, Cardamon, Buddha's Hand, Limequat, Cup-of-gold Vine, Black Bamboo, Giant Cane Begonia, Lemon Thyme, Prostate Rosemary, Acalypha, Carnation 'Queen of Hearts', Bay Leaf, and 7 kinds of English Ivy (including California, Mint Kolibri, Needlepoint).  Plants I've brought and donated to the Ijevan Botanical Garden include: Thornless Boysenberry, Black Bamboo, Egyptian Onions, many varieties of English Ivy, Hardy kiwi 'Issai' (Self-fertile), Hardy kiwi 'Ken's Red' (Female), Hardy kiwi 'Ken's Red Pollinator' (Male), Purple Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica 'Purpurea', Black Mondo Grass, Gardenia jasminoides 'Frostproof', Gardenia jasminoides 'Frostproof', Hydrangea 'Shooting Star', Giant Cane Begonia, and Carnation 'Queen of Hearts'. Other plants I've brought and perhaps introduced to Armenia include thornless boysenberry, Hardy Kiwis (including Ken's Red), Concorde Grapes, Candy Lily, Columbines, Byzantine Gladiolus, etc.
 
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    (___)_) |    -Picture by Norm Sippel-    |  /**********\
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==Websites==
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Raffi's forays into the web world began after his return from Armenia in early 1996.  He saw the need to share a more realistic picture of what Armenia was really like with the Diaspora - most of whom had never visited.  With his new internet account at Netcom he had 5 megs of free "web space".  With a vague understanding of what the web was, he went on it, learned html, and posted the following emails he had already sent out: [[my trip to armenia (1995-1996)]], and kept adding information ever since.  Outgrowing the space led to the domain name cilicia.com and wanting to move to a wiki format led to armeniapedia.org
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===Raffi's websites===
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*http://www.armeniapedia.org
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*http://www.cilicia.com
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*http://www.calendar.am
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===Other===
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*http://www.tufenkian.am (created for Tufenkian Armenia based on us design)
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*http://www.armeniainfo.am (did original design in 2001, now completely revamped)
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*http://www.usaid.gov/am (did revamp in 2003-5, revamped since then)
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==Favorites==
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===Books===
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Adult: Catch-22, Kurt Vonnegut (Welcome to the Monkey House, Cat's Cradle, Sirens of Titan, Bluebeard, and just about anything else he wrote), James Michener (Caribbean, The Source, Caravans, Poland, The Covenant, much of what he wrote), The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand), Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand), The Human Comedy, 1984, A Confederacy of Dunces, Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Fool (by Raffi), Aldus Huxley (Brave New World, The Island), War of the Worlds, The Count of Monte Cristo.
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Kids: 100 Pounds of Popcorn, the Great Brain (series), Alvin Fernald (series), the Three Investigators (series), The Mad Scientists Club, My Name is Aram, A Wrinkle in Time.
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===Movies===
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The Big Lebowski, Schindler's List, Ararat
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===TV Shows===
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Seinfeld, Simpsons, Daily Show, Discovery/Travel/Nature/HomebuildingRestoration.
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===Plants===
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I enjoy gardening and plants a great deal, and have a separate site about them at [http://www.plants.am Plants.am].  Some of my favorite plants growing at my place in Yerevan, including: Cup of Gold Vine, Butterfly Vine, [http://www.plants.am/wiki/Aristolochia_gigantea Giant Dutchman's Pipe], [http://www.plants.am/wiki/Brugmansia Angel's Trumpets], Banana tree, Concorde Grape, Desert Rose, Poor Man's Rhododendron, Salvia, Brazilian Plume Flower, Begonias, [http://www.plants.am/wiki/Gloriosa Gloriosa Lily], Gingers, [http://www.plants.am/wiki/Plumeria Plumerias], Ground Orchid, [http://www.plants.am/wiki/Streptocarpus Streptocarpus], Streptocarpella, [http://www.plants.am/wiki/Lantana Lantana], [http://www.plants.am/wiki/Hibiscus Hibiscus], Pygmy Date Palm, mini Lavender Roses, [http://www.plants.am/wiki/Asparagus_densiflora Asparagus Ferns], Epidendrum radicans...
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==Travel==
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I've been to: Armenia, Austria, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Dubai, Egypt, England, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Karabakh, Kurdistan, Lebanon, Mexico, Palestine, Poland, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, Vatican City
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Among other places, I still want to see Brazil, Thailand, Greece, Russia and Iran.  Holding a US Passport is not very conductive to getting visas for the latter two, so I am waiting for that magical dual citizenship law to pass in Armenia (the constitutional amendment already passed).
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==Ideas==
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*[[Armenian Tourism Development Ideas]]
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*[[Hye Plan]]
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==External links==
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*http://www.cilicia.com/armo_life-log.html -
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*http://www.flickr.com/photos/raffikojian/ - Raffi's online photo album
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[[Category:Armenian Individuals|Kojian, Raffi]]
 
[[Category:Armenian Individuals|Kojian, Raffi]]

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Raffi_Kojian&chld=H_100&junk=junk.png Raffi Kojian Mars symbol.svg
Birthplace Ethiopia
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Lived in Ethiopia, Orange County, Yerevan, Los Angeles
Languages Armenian, English, Spanish
Ethnicities Armenian
Dialects Eastern Armenian, Western Armenian
Ancestral villages Marash, Gesaria

Owner of Armeniapedia.org (founded in 2004) and Cilicia.com (founded in 1996 on my netcom webspace at the time)

Publication and mentions

Plants

Some plants that I've brought to Armenia and donated to the Yerevan Botanical Garden include: Japanese Lantern Hibiscus, Cardamon, Buddha's Hand, Limequat, Cup-of-gold Vine, Black Bamboo, Giant Cane Begonia, Lemon Thyme, Prostate Rosemary, Acalypha, Carnation 'Queen of Hearts', Bay Leaf, and 7 kinds of English Ivy (including California, Mint Kolibri, Needlepoint). Plants I've brought and donated to the Ijevan Botanical Garden include: Thornless Boysenberry, Black Bamboo, Egyptian Onions, many varieties of English Ivy, Hardy kiwi 'Issai' (Self-fertile), Hardy kiwi 'Ken's Red' (Female), Hardy kiwi 'Ken's Red Pollinator' (Male), Purple Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica 'Purpurea', Black Mondo Grass, Gardenia jasminoides 'Frostproof', Gardenia jasminoides 'Frostproof', Hydrangea 'Shooting Star', Giant Cane Begonia, and Carnation 'Queen of Hearts'. Other plants I've brought and perhaps introduced to Armenia include thornless boysenberry, Hardy Kiwis (including Ken's Red), Concorde Grapes, Candy Lily, Columbines, Byzantine Gladiolus, etc.




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