About Us

The Tulip Foundation was created by Naran Badushov.

Naran Badushov
Founder and President

MISSION:

After centuries of persecution and annexation, the Kalmyk people remain strong in their love of their culture and their Buddhist religion. But as the population continues to decrease, the mission of the Tulip Foundation is to preserve and honor Kalmyk tradition; establish forums for discussion and proactive initiatives; create a recreational center for language and religious instruction; and provide Kalmyk students with scholarships for higher education.

HISTORY:

1600’s – The Oirats, western Mongols in Russia, migrated from Dzhungaria. They later became known as the Kalmyk people. The word Kalmyk is derived from the Turkish for remnant and refers to those who remained.

1700’s – Most Kalmyks migrated from Russia to the Manchu Empire in China. Many perished on the journey. Those who survived are ancestors of today’s Kalmyks in China’s Xinjiang province.

1940’s –World War 11 devastated the Kalmyk people. Stalin accused the Kalmyks of collaboration with the Nazis and deported them to Siberia and Kazakhstan, where at least half of them died. The Kalmyk Autonomous Republic was dissolved and Kalmyk lands dispersed.

At the end of World War 11, many Kalmyks were imprisoned and placed in Displaced Persons Camps in West Germany for more than 6 years because no country wanted to allow a group of Kalmyks to emigrate. But in 1951, they were declared eligible for immigration to the United States.

Between December 1951 and March 1952, Kalmyks started arriving in the United States. Approximately, 571 Kalmyk people began the migration.

During the 1950’s, Kalmyk communities were established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Paterson and Howell (Freewood Acres), New Jersey; as well as Windsor, Maryland and communities in New Mexico. The Kalmyks in Howell, New Jersey established the first Tibeto-Mongolian Buddhist congregation and temple in the U.S.

1957-In the Soviet Union, Khrushchev allowed the Kalmyks to return home. Many reassembled in the Republic of Kalmykia. It is currently a constituent republic of the Russian Federation. It is situated south of the Volga on the northwestern shores of the Caspian Sea.

DEMOGRAPHICS:

Kalmyks form a majority of the population in Kalmykia. Kalmyks also find their homes in China, Mongolia, Germany, France, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic.

POPULATION STATISTICS: (According to the 2010 Russian census)

Kalmykia – 162,740
Russia – 172,000

Mongolia – 205,000 (According to 2000 census)
China – 139,000
United States – 3,000

There is an unsure number of Kalymks in Europe, but the best case scenario places 100 In Germany, less than 200 in France, less than 100 in Switzerland, and 1000 in the Czech Republic.