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Azerbai--WHERE?!

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Azerbai--WHERE?!
Surveying What
Americans Know
About Azerbaijan
Geography #1
Azerbaijan shares a border with how many countries?
A) Two
B) Four
C) Five
D) Ten
Geography #2
Which body of water borders Azerbaijan to the east?
A) The Caspian Sea
B) The Pacific Ocean
C) The Nile River
D) The Mediterranean Sea
Geography #3
The capital of Azerbaijan is ___.
A) Ankara
B) Baku
C) Tashkent
D) Beijing
Language #1
A common greeting in Azeri is ____.
A) Merhaba!
B) Aloha!
C) Ciao!
D) Salam!
Language #2
_____ is a second widely-spoken language in Azerbaijan.
A) Russian
B) Georgian
C) Swedish
D) Farsi
Language #3
True or False: There are more Azerbaijani-speakers in Iran than in Azerbaijan.
A) True
B) False
Religion #1
Today, the main religion of Azerbaijan is _____.
A) Islam
B) Christianity
C) Baha'i
D) Buddhism
Religion #2
Azerbaijan is the birthplace of which ancient religion?
A) Atenism
B) Islam
C) Taoism
D) Zoroastrianism
History #1
The name "Azerbaijan" comes from Persian and means _____.
A) Land Flowing with Milk and Honey
B) Land of Fire
C) Bird Garden
D) Steppe Lands
History #2
Azerbaijan gained its independence from the Soviet Union in _____.
A) 1776
B) 1953
C) 1991
D) 2002
History #3
Oil attracted the first wave of international investment in the mid-1800s, including _____.
A) Bill Gates
B) The Nobel brothers
C) Carnegie
D) Henry Ford
Culture #1
"Muğam" is a _____.
A) Sport
B) Traditional outfit
C) Famous dish
D) Traditional style of music
Culture #2
The craft that Azerbaijan is most famous for is _____.
A) Carpet weaving
B) Jewelry making
C) Carpentry
D Painting
Opinion #1
Have my experiences in Azerbaijan made you more interested in the country and/or Caucasus?
A) None at all
B) Somewhat
C) Yes, a lot
Opinion #2
How often do you read my blog?
A) Whenever you post something new (2 - 4 times per month)

B) I check it occasionally (whenever I happen to think about it)

C) Blog? What blog? (I've never read it)

Opinion #3
Between my blog and Facebook posts, have my experiences changed any concerns you might have had about Azerbaijan?
A) Not at all
B) Somewhat
C) Yes, a lot
D) I didn't have any concerns
Opinion #4
Between my blog and Facebook posts, what has surprised you the most about Azerbaijan? (You can write a paragraph, a list, random words/comments, whatever is easiest for you.)
Open response
Opinion #5
Pick the option that best fits your general sentiment about my time in Azerbaijan.
A) I still think you're absolutely crazy for being there -- why are you there for a year?!

B) I think you're a little crazy but I "get it," I can see why the area is appealing to you.

C) I don't think you're crazy at all -- in fact, I want to go to Azerbaijan someday!
Goals
Test to see if I am meeting my goals.
Data
Survey of 18 questions
Azerbai-WHERE?!
13 General Knowledge
3 Geography
3 Language
2 Religion
3 History
2 Culture
5 Opinion Questions
Participants
Total # of people: 25 volunteers

All Americans (I personally sent messages with a link to the survey)

Anonymous
A) Two
B) Four
C) Five
D) Ten
20%
60%
20%
0%
A) The Caspian Sea
B) The Pacific Ocean
C) The Nile River
D) The Mediterranean Sea
Geography 1
Geography 2
100%
0%
0%
0%
Geography 3
A) Ankara
B) Baku
C) Tashkent
D) Beijing
12%
84%
4%
0%
A) Merhaba!
B) Aloha!
C) Ciao!
D) Salam!
57%
0%
4%
39%
Language #1
Language #2
A) Russian
B) Georgian
C) Swedish
D) Farsi
88%
8%
0%
4%
A) True
B) False
Language #3
80%
20%
Religion #1
A) Islam
B) Christianity
C) Baha'i
D) Buddhism
74%
13%
9%
4%
Religion #3
A) Atenism
B) Islam
C) Taoism
D) Zoroastrianism
16%
32%
16%
36%
History #1
A) Land Flowing with
Milk and Honey
B) Land of Fire
C) Bird Garden
D) Steppe Lands
26%
17%
9%
48%
History #2
A) 1776
B) 1953
C) 1991
D) 2002
4%
9%
78%
9%
History #3
A) Bill Gates
B) The Nobel brothers
C) Carnegie
D) Henry Ford
Culture #1
A) Sport
B) Traditional outfit
C) Famous dish
D) Traditional style
of music
4%
24%
44%
28%
Culture #2
A) Carpet weaving
B) Jewelry making
C) Carpentry
D Painting
68%
16%
12%
4%
Opinion #1
A) None at all
B) Somewhat
C) Yes, a lot
Opinion #2
A) Whenever you post something new
(2 - 4 times per month)

B) I check it occasionally
(whenever I happen to think about it)

C) Blog? What blog?
(I've never read it)
0%
40%
60%
60%

24%

16%
Opinion #3
A) Not at all
B) Somewhat
C) Yes, a lot
D) I didn't have
any concerns
8%
40%
16%
36%
Opinion #5
A) I still think you're absolutely crazy for being there -- why are you there for a year?!

B) I think you're a little crazy but I "get it," I can see why the area is appealing to you.

C) I don't think you're crazy at all -- in fact, I want to go to Azerbaijan someday!
4%

48%

48%
What Did
I Learn?
Beauty of Baku/Azerbaijan
"I was surprised by the sheer beauty of the landscape and architecture. It's stunning."
"Baku -- the modernity, the architecture, the beauty, the doors. Country -- mountains, gorgeous scenery."
"I think one of the things that I found the most interesting was the contrast of new and old architecture and the integration of the newer styles amidst the old."
"The awesome beauty of Baku, with its fab[ulous] combination of historical and modern. The degree of variation in the countryside."
People
"How open everyone is to American culture."
"...the interest in learning conversational English."
"The local culture's interest in all-things-western. The extraordinary HELPFULNESS of the people you are in contact with. The dear friends you have made."
"Modern thinking, affinity to cultural heritage, sameness of people everywhere...generosity of the people."
Knowledge
"How little I know about it and that entire region."
"I know about its geography, religion, recent history, but I don't know about its food, music, culture, or tourist spots."
"How little I know about it based on this quiz."
"It seems a lot bigger than I thought it was and with a more distinct culture than I imagined."
I'm Doing My Job!!
"The beautiful buildings, countryside -the people seem to be really friendly. You have made the city and the country very real to us."
"How beautiful it is. You have given me interest in a country that until you traveled there I never knew existed."
"I love your photos and feel like I have a working grasp of the complicated geographical and urban landscape--fascinating!"
"In general I think you've taught me that the Azerbaijani people, culture and country are accessible.
"Your blog has helped my "bucket list" of places I would love to visit. Though I don't think Azerbaijan would have been on it, I realize that it's a beautiful country with a history that I can't begin to understand though I am learning thanks to you. You have shown that a single traveler can do it with a little planning (a lot of planning) and help of your new countrymen..."
If you are passionate about something, other people will want to be part of your journey and learn too.
Social media is a powerful method of connecting people, cultures, and ideas.

It's fun to act as a link between my home culture and Azerbaijan.
http://www.heritageinstitute.com/zoroastrianism/images/temples/baku/ BakuAzerbaijan1.jpg
https://worldbanktraveller.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/rimg0045. jpg
4%
28%
48%
20%
Who Are You?
Hayley Pangle, Fulbright ETA
Azerbaijan State Economic University
Bachelor's degree in History and Anthropology from Grand Valley State University
Fascinated with Turkic histories and cultures
Turkey, A Scary Place?
"You will be taken or kidnapped."
"Will you have to cover or dye your hair?"
"It's a desert and they ride camels, right? They also speak Arabic?
"Don't bring home one of their men!"
"There is war over there all the time -- you will die."
Lack of Knowledge = Fear
A-zer-blah-bai-jan
Astheworldturns
Who's-beck-i-stan
Azeria
"Where are you going? Awful-baijan?" "No, I'm going to Awesome-baijan!"
"I know where it is -- it's by Zambia!"
Use the written word as my way to link cultures.
Educate friends and family in an entertaining way.
Survey
Contribute to the limited resource base about Azerbaijan and the Caucasus.
"An American in Baku"
Blog
https://americaninbaku.wordpress.com/
Overall, was impressed by what my friends and family knew!
Tells me to write about certain topics on my blog, ex. Azerbaijan's music traditions
I have a voice, and it can educate others.
Encourages me to look beyond what I already know.
Survey: Series of questions about a topic people answer in order to see what they know about it.
To survey: To look at something broadly; the"big picture."
"Will you have to wear a burqa?"
Get a general idea of American knowledge about Azerbaijan.
Thank you for listening!
Any questions?
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