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By Sarah M. A. Gualtieri

This multifaceted examine of Syrian immigration to the us areas Syrians— and Arabs extra generally—at the heart of discussions approximately race and racial formation from which they've got lengthy been marginalized. Between Arab and White focuses at the first wave of Arab immigration and cost within the usa within the years ahead of global warfare II, but additionally keeps the tale as much as the current. It provides an unique research of the ways that humans ordinarily from present day Lebanon and Syria—the greatest staff of Arabic-speaking immigrants prior to international battle II—came to view themselves in racial phrases and place themselves inside racial hierarchies as a part of a broader means of ethnic id formation.

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These nuances account for the fact that the “Oriental” exhibits were not always viewed through the lens of American imperial arrogance. ”70 The success of the Chicago fair in particular was certainly one of the many pieces of information that Syrians used to shape their ideas about America, but it was not necessarily the most important. 73 An overemphasis on the role of the fairs and the depiction of the United States as a beacon to which migrants headed also obscures the fact that there were substantial migrant flows to other parts of the Americas, particularly to Argentina and Brazil.

J. 65 The billing for the shows was carefully worded to appeal to a Christian audience, promising to represent “all the features of social and domestic life among the inhabitants of the . . ”66 We know of several individual Syrians who took part in the exhibits of the Midway Plaisance. Milhim Ouardy from the Lebanese town of Dayr al-Qamar, and a dragoman by profession, participated as a swordsman, not in the Turkish Theatre, but in the adjacent Moorish Palace. This display was immensely popular among fair-goers because of its “dancing girls” (two of whom were Ottoman Jews from Jerusalem and Beirut respectively).

J. 65 The billing for the shows was carefully worded to appeal to a Christian audience, promising to represent “all the features of social and domestic life among the inhabitants of the . . ”66 We know of several individual Syrians who took part in the exhibits of the Midway Plaisance. Milhim Ouardy from the Lebanese town of Dayr al-Qamar, and a dragoman by profession, participated as a swordsman, not in the Turkish Theatre, but in the adjacent Moorish Palace. This display was immensely popular among fair-goers because of its “dancing girls” (two of whom were Ottoman Jews from Jerusalem and Beirut respectively).

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