The journalist describes a meeting of 15 people in the German capital at which Viktor Chugarov, a Chuvash filmmaker, talked about his work and his hopes to use it to promote the Chuvash language. “If only school child who sees my film decides to learn Chuvash,” he says, he will consider that a victory.
The Chuvash community in the West is still relatively small and almost completely without organization. Perhaps more seriously, its members lack ties with other Middle Volga diaspora groups such as the Tatars, the Maris, the Mordvins, and the Udmurts, all of whom exist and some of whom have an active Internet presence.
Nonetheless, meetings like the one Chugarov hosted are how such organizations begin; and this one, held at the end of January, won’t be the last, he and others at it suggested. Consequently, one can say that yet another non-Russian diaspora is taking shape, will soon have its own webpage, and thus will make a contribution both to its nation at home and to the understanding of others abroad.