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and compelling insight into the Arab American experience. A collection of
essays to help you better understand the Arabs in America. By Award winning
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"Ray Hanania has just published a book that
takes the bull by the horns: I'm Glad I Look Like a Terrorist: Growing Up
Arab in America. Humor and Reality in the Ethnic American Experience. It
is a collection of autobiographical chapters, articles the author had
published during his long journalistic career, and speeches. The author
ponders issues with wry amazement and amusement. One chapter is entitled: "I
Wonder if John Wayne Ever Ate Mensiff?"
"The book has received favorable reviews in the press. Jim Ennes, veteran
of the USS Liberty, wrote in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs,
"His book describes dozens of incidents that should make fair minded people
cry out for the injustice. Hanania doesn't cry out. He doesn't complain. He
thinks most Americans are bigots. He laughs about it. You will laugh with
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"Very funny look at the life
of an Arab in America in a series of unique essays. ... It touches the
tragedy with humor."
"I am not a terrorist. But to run from the
word 'terrorist' is wrong. I am glad I look like a terrorist because it
gives me a special sword to help destroy the stereotype that continues to
injure my people, distort our image and to cause otherwise compassionate
Americans to engage in hateful acts of bias."
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Midnight Flight is an online book that tells the story of one family's experience during the hectic years of White Flight in Chicago. One night you would say goodnight to your neighbors of 20 years, go to sleep and wake-up and find a new family there. It also offers a background on Chicago life during the 1960s. You can also share your experiences during this period in Chicago history in our special Midnight Flight Guest Book. A personal reflection on the tragedy of Chicago's 1960s social and racial strife.
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I'm Glad I Look Like a Terrorist:
Growing up Arab in America
Humor & Reality in the Ethnic American Experience
By Ray Hanania
(C) 1996 - 2008, USG Publishing Inc. All Rights Reserved
315 Pages, 5x8 paperback
Journalist, standup comedian and Chicago Morning Talk Show host, Ray Hanania takes you on a hilarious romp through his life growing up Arab in America. his father is from Jerusalem and mother from Bethlehem (Jesus is his cousin), Hanania's wife is Jewish (Shhhh! She thinks he's Puerto Rican!) Enjoy this book today and restore your faith in the hope for Middle East -- "If we can laugh together, we can live together."
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YA HABIBI: Growing Up Arab in America is a novel about growing up Arab in America.
Founded on humor and real life stories, Ya Habibi: Growing Up Arab in America tries to help people understand the Arab American experience. The story is a story of every ethnicity. Many people reading the chapters will find similarities to their own lives, as ethnics themselves. "Humor is an excellent way to overcome the barriers that divide our society and shatter the stereotypes that feed into discrimination. I hope that this book will achieve those goals," Ray Hanania.
I met you at the Arab Americans of Central Ohio hafleh in Columbus in June 2005. You presented a most comical and fascinating speech to us. I read your book, Ray, and it was just magnificent, poignant, compelling and enlightening. What a writer you are. And so accomplished. Thank you for writing your book, it is so true. May God bless you and your family and work and grant you many years, Insha Allah.
MRA, Columbus Sept. 16, 2005
Table of Contents
Ya Habibi: An Arab Childhood
The Viaduct of Death
An American Christmas
A Close Shave
What’s In a Name
I Wonder if John Wayne Ever Ate
The Hollywood Arab
An Arab Bas Mitzvah
This Won’t Hurt a Bit
Under the Brookfield Zoo Lions
“To the Arab from the Jew”
A Media Consciousness
Under the Watchful Eye of the FBI
Journalism Was an Accident Some Wish I Never Had
“Keep Your Views on Your Side of the Typewriter”
An Artist of American Politics
Bury Me in Jerusalem
Making It Big Time
I Sent My Aunt a Letter
West Bank Story: In Search of Palestine
** Israel keeps It Borders Tight
** West Bank Scarred by Bullets
** Uprising is Rooted in Hatred
** Mother Cuts in on Soldiers’ Pursuit
** The Land is All -- to Two Peoples
I’m Glad I Look Like a Terrorist
It’s Always a Polaroid
An Electoral Lesson
The Miracle at St. George Church
Sunrise in Jerusalem
A MidSummer’s Night Dream
The Arabian Diaspora
No one met me on Jaffa Road
The Terrorist Threat in America Today
Lessons in the Oklahoma Bombing
Speeches on the Arab Experience:
Speech to Roosevelt University: Outside Looking In
Acceptance Speech as National PAC President: A Vote for Moderation
Speech to the San Francisco PAC: We Haven’t Done Enough
Speech to the Muslim Public Affairs Council: Arab Political Empowerment
Speech to Hadassah, Chicago: A Vision of Peace
Speech to the Chicago Convention of ADC: Perception is Reality
Freedom of Speech: Conclusion
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