The December 2, 1996, issue of Newsweek magazine featured a moving and inspiring piece by Magdoline Asfahani on page 18 entitled "Time to Look and Listen," which highlighted the effects of anti-Arab stereotypes. Ms. Asfahani articulated the fears and hurt of the Arab-American community beautifully.
She translated the anxieties of thousands of Arab Americans who are faced with the constant struggle of having to defend their heritage amid a barrage of negative media images. In doing so, she pointed out how
Arab-American children grow up trying to dissimulate their ethnic and/or
religious identity when in fact they have so much to share with their peers about their cultural background.
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