The Arab Americans A History PDF/EPUB ↠ Americans A


  • Paperback
  • 500 pages
  • The Arab Americans A History
  • Gregory Orfalea
  • English
  • 11 May 2014
  • 9781566565974

10 thoughts on “The Arab Americans A History

  1. Liz Liz says:

    Interesting topic especially Chapter 2 about the first Arab immigrants but not the most engaging book I feel like Orfalea was too close to his subject though the amount of interviews he did with Arab Americans from across the country was impressivePopsugar Reading Challenge 2016 | Task 37 About a culture you are unfamiliar with


  2. Zeynep Aydogdu Zeynep Aydogdu says:

    Orfalea's survey of Syrian immigration to America is not a scholarly work because of its immensely biased account of the history of Arab immigration to the United States The author is not able to set aside his prejudiced view of the Ottomans in the greater Syria while recounting what was supposed to be an objective history Nice read if you are looking for autofiction


  3. Tim Tim says:

    Gregory Orfalea is to be commended for taking on a demographic that is often ignored in American discourse The fact that the Arab Americans escape visibility is obvious whenever someone looks at the ethnic section of any official document There is rarely a box to check “Arab American” The book is incredibly well written as one might expect from a professor of creative non fiction The first chapter where Orfalea describes his trip back to his ancestral homeland of Syria is at times humorous sentimental and familiar Whether in our mind’s eye or through an existential experience many of us have journeyed back to the place of our roots We do this to determine where we come from and where we are going This opening chapter sets the tone for the entire book in its emphasis upon the incredible sense of community in the Arab culture The nuclear family Orfalea states is not as important to Arabs as the extended family uite a reversal from the Western world The family the community looks out for one another Ellis Island is an often talked about place as we are taken back to the 1870’s when the first known Arab immigrant arrived on our shores This is where the book enters into an area comprising my one major criticism Orfalea often takes a tone of trying to prove that Arabs could be successful in American Capitalism The tone strikes me as an effort to show assimilation vs the contributions of this rich ethnic history that have CHANGED America for the better It is true that any immigrant demographic has to adjust to culture shock the American labor market and American consumption However the interviews which Orfalea chose to put into the book tended to portray “successful” Arabs according to Western standards I certainly do not wish ill will on anyone but I would have liked to have seen a bit on the average American who happened to be Arab It is my Marxist training and class consciousness that always looks at how a particular ethnic group is treated within the poor and working classes What is encouraging to me as an activist is that overall the Arab American community is uite aware and informed of the Israeli Palestinian conflict and their views tend to be “liberal” in this respect regardless of whether or not they are fiscal conservatives This should go without saying but there is an element of 2nd 3rd and 4th generation Arab Americans who are as uninformed about the crisis as any other demographic I was glad to see Orfalea showcase the great intellectuals that have an Arab ethnicity I was especially struck by a particular incident of civil disobedience in which Orfalea was joined by Edward Said who was a close friend For years the two of them were accompanied by a handful of other intellectuals in instigating an Israeli tax boycott which has inspired me to do the same They averaged out the amount that the US government contributes to Israel per person and deducted the 37 from their tax returns Never once did they receive an audit or penalty from the IRS The difficulties with which the Arab Americans have had to deal with since 911 was the topic of the last major section of the book Here again we come back to the common theme of community My impression is that this idea of community and its importance to Arabs has had to do with the incredible adversity and constantly changing landscape of their homelands Whatever the reason it is admirable and it is something from which the individualistic West could learn a great deal Orfalea’s own experience with community becomes uite personal to the writing of the book as he closes with an anecdote about his own father When the research for the book took time and money than was expected his father put a 2nd mortgage on his house to help Orfalea finish the project While this could happen within any close American family the emphasis here was that it was just a normal part of the Arab consciousness My hope is that Americans realize how beneficial the idea of community can be with one’s family or social environment I also hope that we as Americans no matter what our ethnic background acknowledge this great need for the other in order to survive enrich fulfill and change for the better our own lives and the lives of those with which we share our time on this earth


  4. Jessica Jessica says:

    Abandoned at p 157 Extremely poor organization Reuires than a passing knowledge of Middle East geography and the various religions and their various sects of the area First chapter is the author's excuse to pen a travelogue of a trip that meant a lot to him without a whole lot of history The next chapters spend a lot of time on interviews that bounce around in time and place and don't reflect how the Arab American experience was uniue from any other immigrant group to the US before or afterThis may be touted as the leading work on the subject of Arab Americans but at a uarter of the way through it's little than documentation of the individual immigrant experience


  5. Carolyn Fitzpatrick Carolyn Fitzpatrick says:

    This book has a very misleading title I had assumed that it would discuss the history of ALL Arab Americans However the author chooses to deal exclusively with Arab Americans of Syrian ancestry since that is where his own family comes from There is a very interesting story about a visit that he makes with his family to his grandfather's hometown but it seemed out of place since the rest of the book is pure history


  6. Yahya Yahya says:

    Probably the best history of Arab Americans out there It's not a perfect book but it's good enough


  7. Weavre Weavre says:

    OST NON FICTION ADULT STK 30589 ORF


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