Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Blog
Sam Maloof, arguably America’s number one wood craftsman, was born in 1916 in Chino, California to Lebanese immigrants.
Sam’s father, Nasif, peddled vegetables and dry goods from a horse-drawn carriage, out of which Sam’s mother also sold her handmade lace, embroidered linens, and crochet work. They arrived to the United States from the mountain village of Douma in northern Lebanon, and were counted among the first Arabic-speakers in California. Sam took much pride in his Arab heritage, and carried on his parents’ traditional values of respect and hard work....Read more
Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Blog
Posted by on June 24, 2014 in Blog
By Myles Teasley Summer Intern, 2014
Take a deep breath and cross your fingers as FX’s new original series “Tyrant” premieres on Tuesday, June 24th. Just months after ABC’s “Alice in Arabia” got nixed for ‘insidious stereotyping’, this political drama follows Bassam ‘Barry’ Al-Fayeed, a California pediatrician and family man who fled his role as the son of an unpopular dictator in order to escape the brutal politics and intrigue.
In the series, he reluctantly ends his self-imposed exile and returns to his country for his nephew’s wedding where he and his...Read more
Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Blog
Posted by on June 17, 2014 in Blog
In light of his recent passing, we want to take this time to share how exceptional and dear Casey Kasem was to the heart of the Arab American community. Best known for his radio countdown show American Top 40, disc jockey and radio personality Casey Kasem was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1932 to Lebanese immigrants.
More than an entertainer, AAI President James Zogby reflects, “Casey is more than the most recognized voice of his generation, what he said mattered. He inspired us to be positive, to strive for...Read more
Posted by Margaret Lowry on June 13, 2014 in Blog
Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Blog
Ralph Nader was born in 1934 in Connecticut to parents who had immigrated to the U.S. from Zahle, Lebanon. Nader’s parents’ Arab heritage played an influential role in his formation. Growing up, Ralph was taught Arabic proverbs to instruct every aspect of his life and engrain in him strong values of social justice and respect. Ralph was brought up not only with his parents’ cultural heritage, but also with their outspoken political minds. Mr. Nader opened a bakery and restaurant in Connecticut where, as Ralph says, ‘for a dime...Read more
Posted by on June 11, 2014 in Blog
Farouk El-Baz was born in the Nile Delta village of Zagazig, Egypt in 1938. At the early age of twenty, El-Baz completed dual degrees in chemistry and geology from Ain Shams University in Cairo. El-Baz then immigrated to the United States where he spent time conducting extensive research at the highly esteemed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He went on to earn a Masters of Science and a PhD in geology at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
After holding brief teaching positions in Egypt and Germany, El-Baz joined NASA’s...Read more
Posted by on June 10, 2014 in Blog
Posted by on June 06, 2014 in Blog
Elias Zerhouni arrived in the United States after spending his youth in Algeria. While growing up in Algerian town Nedroma, his father, a teacher, stressed the importance and value of education. Elias was a gifted student, particularly excelling in the sciences and he was determined to become either an engineer or a physicist. As a student, he volunteered in a village in the mountains of Algeria and witnessed how the poor were affected by restricted access to quality healthcare. Seeing this suffering and realizing that he could do something...Read more