97. How can I find
Arab Americans in my community?
In cities where there are large populations, this is easy. You can find
restaurants, stores, markets and other businesses with Arabic names or
writing on them. Look for organizations, community centers, churches and
mosques that might be Arab-related. Use these as beginning points, and
don't keep going back to the same people, or focus only on recent
immigrants. To find Arab Americans in places where they are less
prevalent, try some of the organizations in Resources.
98. Are there
issues about the way Arab Americans are portrayed in the media?
Yes. In some cases, journalists seem to prefer to publish or air images of
people who look different, or exotic. In trying for a more interesting
image, they may emphasize the difference between Arab Americans and
non-Arab Americans. Most Arab Americans do not wear traditional clothing.
News organizations whose collective reports give the impression that Arab
Americans generally dress differently than non-Arab Americans are being
99. Is there a
coverage pitfall that reporters should avoid?
Like many groups, Arab Americans say that reporters stay away unless there
is a problem to report, or if there is a national or international crisis
for which they want reaction. This keeps people out of sight except when
they are associated with trouble. The solution is to cover Arab Americans
consistently and continuously. By paying attention to what communities say
are significant news issues, reporters offer deeper and fuller coverage.
100. How can I
We're glad you asked. This resource guide is just an introduction. Any one
of the 100 questions in it has answers that would fill a book. We have
listed some resources for further study in the following pages. We also
encourage you to get out and talk to people, and to invite them to visit
Contents :: Overview
:: Origins :: Language
:: Demographics :: Family
Religion :: Politics
:: Terminology :: Stereotypes
:: Coverage :: Resources :: Credits
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