Kim Kardashian West recently made a pilgrimage to Armenia, something the 34-year-old reality star said her late father, Robert Kardashian, had always wanted to do.
“It was such a big part of our life: We’d eat Armenian food, we would listen to stories—my dad was really outspoken about our history,” wrote Kardashian in an exclusive essay for TIME. “We were told that when a lot of Armenians moved, they took the ‘ian’ off their last names in fear that they would be killed. ‘Whatever you girls do, never change your last name—it’s Kardashian,’ he would say. He was very vocal and wanted us to never to forget where we came from.”
In the essay, the TIME 100 honoree discusses the Armenian genocide, meeting with Armenia’s Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan, and the memories she wants to pass down to her daughter, North. To read more, head on over to Time.