The great Edward Said wrote: “I have never known what is Arabic or English, or which one was really mine beyond any doubt. What I do know, however, is that the two have always been together in my life, one resonating in the other, sometimes ironically, sometimes nostalgically, most often each correcting, and commenting on, the other. Each can seem like my absolutely first language, but neither is”.
Arab American youth are a complex and diverse population, often misunderstood, misclassified and misrepresented. These youth face a challenging socio-political climate, psychological and emotional stressors, some of which can affect their ability to embrace their Arab identity. Today’s podcast is a conversation between 3 accomplished college students: Layal Bou Harfouch from John Hopkins University and Omar Fehmi from the University of Michigan, both National Co-Presidents of NAAMA NextGen, and Bushra Habbas-Nimr, President of Empowered Arab Sisterhood at the University of Michigan. We will hear their perspective and learn about their hopes and aspirations for their generation of Arab Americans.
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