Thursday, September 22, 2005

Americans in the Arab World




I had nightmares about the Hope not Hate event for many nights. But I heard about two American singers who were comming on campus to sing arabic songs. I checked out their site before they came and I was impressed, I could tell their presentation was going to be very interesting.

I attented the presentation and I must say that it was much better than my high expectations. Cameron and Kristina have been around the arab world, they have been to Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Palestine and Iraq. They talked to a largely American audience about the arabs and their culture. All the time Cameron had a 3ood in his hand and Kristina has her beautiful voice, and every now and then they would sing a famous arabic song. All kinds of songs, from Fairooz to "6ala3 al Badr 3alaina"

They spoke about how hospitable and friendly arabs are. They spoke of the pain we go through. They spoke of Palestinian refugees. As an Arab I had never been more proud since I came here. But what really effected me was that after they were done I saw many Americans from the audience going up to them and thanking them for changing their perspective.

I went and thanked them myself, for they are a bridge that is badly needed.

4 Comments:

Blogger Derek Rydall said...

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6:36 PM  
Blogger moodZ said...

I think it is just sad that we need Americans to spread our ethnicity instead of native Arabs, we miserably fail to reach out with our rich culture to even our youths today! Let alone the rest of the world.

1:22 AM  
Blogger Zainab Alkhawaja said...

I agree. I mean you can just compare the two first representatives and these American singers.

They made me appreciate my culture more and feel really proud. The things I heard them say I had never heard any arabs say.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Huda Ba'haroon said...

Nice blog. Keep it up ! :)

10:03 PM  

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