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Silk Road House:
A Cultural and Educational Center

Silk Road House is a non-profit organization created to promote and support an impressive array of diverse ethnic cultural traditions. The main goals of the Silk Road House are:
  • to create a center for the collection of pertinent cultural and historical information
  • to provide a place where creative activities can bring to life the traditions of the Silk Road here in United States
  • to celebrate the Silk Road's tradition of hospitality
Silk Road House symbolizes the connections, communications and bonds between peoples and cultures united by the Silk Road concept, and at the same time, a real network of the modern day contacts between those peoples and cultures. The Silk Road House is a welcoming cultural center where everyone who might be interested could find a wide range of accurate information concerning the history, culture, and everyday life of Silk Road countries.
A word of appreciation...
Our special and deepest thanks go to those who have made an array of donations to Silk Road House – by money, various things, books, time, skill or all these together...

Among these generous individuals are (in alphabetical order):
Ruth Abrass
Navruz Avloni
Shirchin Baatar
Hanna Bailey
Elena Balashova
Alexander Bapa
Natalie Bondar
Kathleen Braunstein
Genrietta Bykin
Maria Bykin
JoAnn Conrad
Dieter Christensen
Wayne Eastep
Patrick Hayes
David Hooson
Karen Folger Jacobs
Anait Khudanazarova
Jack Kollmann
Robert E. Lee
Cariadne Margaret Mackenzie
Semion and Ludmila Mirkin
Scott Morgan
Aiman and Mairbek Mussipov
Elmira and Werdana Mussipov
Zhanara Nauryzbaeva
Karen Nelsen
Joan E. Norvelle
Beket Nurzhanov
James O.Bailey
Akin Orhun
Skydrite Rubene
Vadim Ryvkin
Ernar Sagatov
Turburam Sandagdorj
Martin Schwartz
Chris and Steve Shaw
Zhuldyz and Lloyd Shimabukuro
Elizabeth Shedd
Tatiana Shubin
Omerjan and Aygul Siddik
Irina Serkebaeva
John Sommer
Kemal Sonmez
Tenzin Tsophel
Orna Uranchimeg-Tsultem
Bayan Tulegenova
Leonid Urjuk
Santo K. van Ess
Albina Yerzhanova
Joanne Yoshimura well as anonymous private donors, the SilkRoad Foundation and the Open Society Institute.

Our cordial thanks to all of you!

- Board of Directors of Silk Road House
Current Announcements
The Silk Road House presents a lecture: "The Kalmyks’ Puzzle: Between Russia and Jungaria" by Dr. Gulnar Kendirbai

Our distinguished lecturer, Dr. Gulnar Kendirbai, the double doctorate holder (1987, Hungary; 2003, Germany), since 2004 is working as Adjunct Assistant Professor of History affiliated with the History Department and the Harriman Institute of Columbia University in New York, teaching classes on Nomads of the Eurasian Steppes, the imperial, Soviet and post-Soviet history of Central Asia, Islam and Islamic modernity (jadidism). She is the author of the monograph “Land and People: The Russian Colonization of the Kazakh Steppe” (Berlin, 2002) and a number of articles published in Inner Asia, Central Asian Survey, Nationalities Papers, and others

The return of the majority of the Kalmyk population to their homeland in Jungaria in 1771 surprised contemporary Russian authorities and have also puzzled generations of historians. For more than 150 years, the Kalmyks, who were considered subjects of the tsar, had enjoyed autonomy over their lands and domestic issues. In exchange for their voluntary military service, the Russian authorities granted the Kalmyks numerous important rights and privileges. Subsequently, they came to identify themselves as “Kalmyks” – as opposed to their Oirat brethren, who had stayed behind in Jungaria and adopted the name of “Jungars”. In her talk Dr. Kendirbai attempts at providing fresh insights into the Kalmyk decision to leave Russia.

September 4th, Sunday, 1-3pm

Hope to see you there at the Silk Road House in Berkeley, as always!