ARAB AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
RESOURCE TOOLKIT FOR AMERICAN SPACES
This Resource Toolkit is designed for programming at American Spaces to create a greater awareness of the Arab American community and the cultural diversity it brings to the United States.
HOST A FILM SCREENING
Film screenings provide opportunities for rich storytelling and engaging follow-up discussion for participants to relate the film to their own lives and experiences.
WHAT IS ARAB AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH?
In 2017, April officially became National Arab American Heritage Month. This month celebrates the history and culture Arab Americans.
This community traces its ancestral roots to a wide range of Arab countries. The majority of Arab American trace their heritages to Lebanon, then Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, and Jordan. The Arab world consists of more than 20 countries that span from North Africa to the Persian Gulf. The 2019 American Community Survey shows an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States reported Arab ancestry.
Arab Americans have long made outsized contributions to American society, whether in the area of science, politics, the arts or other disciplines.
- 4 Arab Americans share their insights on the United States
- Get to know 5 notable Arab Americans
- Fostering equity and equality for all
- How 9/11 changed Arab and Muslim Americans
- The story of Arab Americans’ beginning in America – and the quest for fair representation
- Arab Americans and the Fabric of our Nation
- ‘I didn’t have to come here, I chose to come here’
- Assal Ravandi: Once a U.S. soldier, now serving veterans
- Maz Jobrani: Building cultural bridges, One laugh at a time
- Don’t erase me: The modern Arab American | Jeremiah Stinnett
- The Muslim on the airplane | Amal Kassir
- 3 lessons on success from an Arab businesswoman | Leila Hoteit
AMERICAN SPACES eSHOP
GENERAL DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
- What do the individuals and experiences depict about Arab Americans and Arab-American culture? Were there any common themes that connected across the stories or people profiled?
- Which story or individual could you most relate to and why?
- What is “American” culture?
- Are there people that identify with Arab identity in your community? What are they like and from what Arab countries are they connected?
- What similarities or differences did you notice between the experiences of the people profiled and your own experience or cultural makeup?
- Some Arab Americans describe that after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the actions of others made people suspicious of all Arabs. Have you ever observed a group of people being blamed collectively for the actions of individuals who share their race, faith, sexual orientation or nationality? Has this ever happened to you? How did it make you feel? What are the dangers of this kind of collective guilt?
The views expressed in these links and resources do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. government.
Updated December 2022