Repudiated by their Peers

Repudiated by their Peers

Why would two seemingly respectable Syrian immigrants be publicly repudiated by their countrymen? As everyone who reads this blog knows, I have an affection for, if not an obsession with, stories that seem to contradict the Syrian myth of success, assimilation, and...
The “First Syrian Immigrant Family”

The “First Syrian Immigrant Family”

The story of the Joseph Arbeely family hints at how the “first Syrian immigrant family” constructed an Arab American identity by deliberately trying to mix the oil of the East with the water of the West. Far from being passive victims of stereotyping, the Arbeelys,...