Qatar National Library to launch Arab-American exhibition in December


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The Qatar National Library (QNL), on the occasion of the Qatar-United States Year of Culture 2021, will inaugurate the exhibition “Arab Immigrants in the US: Pursuing the American Dream” with a virtual discussion on December 22 . The exhibition will be open to the public viewing until March 17, 2022.

During the inaugural online session, speakers Dr Akram Khater, professor of history at North Carolina State University and director of the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies; Dr Wail S Hassan, Director of the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature and English, University of Illinois; and Laila Lalami, an Arab-American novelist, will explore the journey of Arab immigrants who began to settle in the United States in the early 19th century.
On this occasion, HE the Minister of State and President of the National Library of Qatar, Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari, declared: “Arab immigration to America is one of the largest diasporas in history. , reflecting the successful integration of the two regions over the years. “
He added that “This exhibition offers a deeper understanding of movement-inspired literary work, its cultural aspects and the role of the Arab press in the United States in the 19th century. We believe our community will learn more about the movement. journey some of their ancestors have embarked on, their struggle and how they have succeeded in establishing their presence and identity in American society through hard work and commitment.The legacy of Arab-American heritage continues today through the works of authors available in our library. We hope the exhibit inspires members to explore a movement that is integral to Arab and American history. “
For her part, the head of access to the collections of QNL Maryam al-Mutawa said: “This exhibition celebrates the Qatar-USA Year of Culture and will sensitize our communities to the socio-economic, political and cultural aspects of the diaspora. and Arab-American literature. The exhibition shows how the Arab community has adapted to its new society while preserving its culture and literature, and highlights the enriching impact of Arab literature on its American counterpart.
It will also highlight the distinct phases of the diaspora from the early 19th century through around 1965, highlighting the evolution of Arab society in the United States during the given period, she said, adding that the three waves of the movement mainly included Arabs from Syria and Lebanon.
The exhibition also explores the causes of immigration and the conditions of first migrants during inclusion and adaptation. (AQN)

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