Category Archives: Middle East

The Unknown Destiny

“I’m not an immigrant of the United States. I consider myself part of the brain drain, I came here simply for my education, expecting to return home.” My grandmother, Rita Tabourian, grew up in Beirut, Lebanon and attended school at the American University of Beirut. “My mother gave me the same opportunities she gave her son. She raised me to ... Read More »

Civil War Keeps Family Away (Lebanon)

Born on February 28, 1961, Shahe Krakirian began his life in Beirut, Lebanon living in a small apartment in with his whole family. He shared a room with his two younger brothers. Though they sometimes got into verbal arguments, and even occasional physical fights, his younger brothers were two of his closest friends during his childhood. It was not as ... Read More »

A Hell Within Heaven (Iran)

Some immigrants might say, how do you fight against a force with no morals, no boundaries, the shadow to encumber the light of liberty, the ICEberg to sink the ship of freedom, the assassin of the American dream? Life back in Iran was a calm one, with slowly rising tension. Even though war was on the rise, the dream to ... Read More »

The Emotional Toll of Having to Emigrate

I was born in Iran, and at the age of 10, my family and I absconded from the multi-systemic injustices and immigrated to the US in hopes of extended opportunities and freedom. I was about 3-years-old when the Iran-Iraq war started. Consequently, the only memories of Iran I had included the sounds of sirens and hearing the Iraqi military jets ... Read More »

Fikriye’s Immigration Story From Turkey

Fikriye left Turkey, her home country, for the first time in 1996. She grew up on a farm, while being raised by her mother and grandparents. Her father left at the time that Fikriye was five years old, which made her feel sad and disappointed because it seemed to her that her father did not love her. Fikriye father had ... Read More »

Nahid Saba Migrating: Escaping War, Becoming a Dentist

People were getting killed and terrible things happened for no reason, especially if you were a girl or someone from a different religion. Fear. paranoia. All when I was in Iran: Bombs, explosions, suicide bombers, all throughout my childhood I lived in fear. I was paranoid 24/7. There were many fights, insecurities, and I really didn’t feel safe. I didn’t ... Read More »

Immigration Story for Archaeology & Calligraphy: Bridges To Historic Iran

My journey to study Archaeology began in Isfahan, Iran one of the most beautiful historic cities in the world, where as a child I became enthralled with ancient temples and fabulous palaces. Isfahan flourished during the Islamic period and became the capital city of the Safavid kings. During that period entire surfaces of mosques were covered with colored tiles bearing ... Read More »

Liz Gulevich

Liz Gulevich was one of our featured storytellers at our salon November 9, 2014 called “Foreign Correspondents: Immigrant Odysseys.” She tells a captivating story about the empowerment of her immigrant mother during her mother’s sunset years in Palo Alto, California. There’s a surprise near the end that involves an audience member. Read More »

Heavenly World Series for Rabbi

After someone hit a home run, my grandfather turned to my father and said in Yiddish, “So what has he accomplished? He started out at home plate and he ran all the way around to get right back to where he started.” At 6:20 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, my clock radio awakened me in my home in the Bronx ... Read More »

Alex Abraham

My mother’s father, Alex would tell us that he came from Lebanon. Other times he told us his family had lived in Syria. When pressed to pick a country, he looked confused. He came to New York when he was eight, with an older brother and his mother. Within two years his entire tiny family in this country died. His ... Read More »