By Kevork Keushkerian
LOS ANGELES — I was invited to meet for an interview with Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Armenui Amy Ashvanian on Wednesday, July 31, in her chambers at the East Los Angeles Courthouse.
The interview was informative and eye-opening regarding the many challenges Judge Armenui faced and overcame with determination and hard work.
Kevork: Good morning, your Honor. Can you introduce yourself to our community, stating where were you born and when did you come to the United States?
Ashvanian: Good morning, Kevork. I was born in the Soviet Republic of Armenia, and I immigrated to the United States with my parents when I was 17 years old. When I came to America, I did not know one word of English. Back in Armenia, the education I received all the way through high school was in Armenian. My second language was Russian and the foreign language in my school was French. I had to learn English and support my elderly parents.
Kevork: Where did you go to school to learn English?