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The Lebanese Heritage
From British Columbia to the world...

December 2012 - Volume 2012, No.07
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


History of the Statue "El Emigrante Libanés"

By Carlos Matuk | Past President of Centro Libanes | Mexico
(Learn more about Lawyer Carlos Matuk)

I would like to congratulate the British Colombia council in the WLCU for their part in producing the Lebanese Emigrant stamp which commemorates the Lebanese emigrants as a whole, using the image of a statue originally conceived and produced in Mexico. This gave me the opportunity to share with you this particular project about placing copies of the Statue of the Emigrante Libanes in cities around the world where Lebanese communities exist and wish to honor their ancestors. This project has been promoted by Centro Libanes of Mexico and I have had the opportunity to collaborate for a few years now. • A little bit of History In 1880, the first group of Lebanese emigrant disembarked in the Port of Veracruz in Mexico. Those emigrants, as well as all other Lebanese emigrants around the world, were kind, polite and hard working people. These special qualities, as well as their moral values and, of course, their delicious gastronomy, helped them to open the doors of any shore they disembarked. Today, many of the sons and grandsons of those first emigrants are successful and prominent citizens everywhere in the world. The first emigrants received and helped the new emigrants; they prospered in commerce and then ventured in industries. Later on many had the opportunity to go to the university and became doctors, lawyers, accountants, etc. who work for their communities. Those first emigrants, taught their children and grandchildren not only their traditions and moral values, but also to love, honor and respect the nations that so generously received them, without ever forgetting their beloved Lebanon. After more than 130 years of Lebanese presence in Mexico, we can find Lebanese descendants in almost every corner of this country and many of them have become well known, successful and prominent citizens. As the Lebanese Community settled in Mexico, it started to organize itself around different associations, clubs and Lebanese Houses, emphasizing the one located in Mexico City, inaugurated in 1962 by President Adolfo López Mateos, who pronounced the famous phrase “IF YOU DON’T HAVE A LEBANESE FRIEND, YOU SHOULD FIND ONE”.

The Creation of the Statue

In 1979, twelve years after the inauguration of Centro Libanes, the Board of Directors asked Mr. Ramis Barquet, a Mexican artist with Lebanese blood, to design a monument that would represent and honor the first emigrants.

He created the beautiful statue we all know and which was placed in the main garden of Centro Libanes during a very touching ceremony.

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Story of the Month

A Lebanese Musician On The Titanic by Dr. Josyann Abisaab

The Untold Story When Al-Emir Fares Chehab, age 29, boarded the RMS Titanic in Cherbourg, France on April 10, 1912, he was clinging to his most precious possession nestled in a bottleneck-shaped case, as if for dear life. Inside rested a venerated musical instrument: The Oud. With its distinctive teardrop shape and decorative rosettes adorned with mother of pearl inlay, the Oud also know as Lute, is considered the most important instrument in the Arab world and is dubbed the “Prince of Ecstasy” and the “Sultan of Musical Instruments”. First introduced to Western Europe by the Arabs who established the Umayyad Caliphate of Andalusia in 711, the Oud is notorious for its rich wailing sound and its passionate and meditative quality. Little did Fares know that his prized belonging would soon lull many anguished passengers bound together on this fateful journey across the Atlantic Ocean.
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Quote of the Month

What is better... a lie that draws a smile... or a truth that draws a tear? it is only those who are in constant revolt that discover what is true, not the man who conforms, who follows some tradition. It is only when you are constantly inquiring, constantly observing, constantly learning, that you find truth. By JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI

The Lebanese Story

The WLCU of British Colombia, the Irish-Lebanese Cultural Foundation and the Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC) at Notre Dame University thought that it is fitting to form a steering committee under the banner of the “International Lebanese Titanic Committee” (ILTC) that would try every possible way to identify the Lebanese aboard the Titanic and to unveil their names and story.
Dicover more at ulcm.org/titanic


Here, There and Yonder

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  • Congratulations to:
    Michael and Sawsan Chaho for the Baptism of their Twins Gabriel & Raphael.
    Jad Harfouche and Maya Bitar for their Wedding, we wish them all the best in their new life.

  • There
  • Two Lebanese benches in Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver, to be added to the Lebanese memorial, beside the Lebanese Cedar Tree and the Lebanese Rock commemorating the 30th anniversary of the LCS of BC
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  • Yonder
  • Lebanon: Middle East Enigma Beirut in the early 1970s was unlike any other city ... particularly in the Middle East. Sophisticated, vibrant, brimming with optimism, this cosmopolitan hub was unique in the world
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Culture & Multiculturalism

Interviews & Profiles

  • Mr. Walid Maalouf is a professional businessman and diplomat in the metropolitan Washington, DC area for more than 20 years tackling international issues on cultural, educational and political levels. ‏
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  • Due to a double membership, at the same time French and Lebanese, Stéphanie NASSIF is between two worlds, the East and the West. Respectfully and understanding, she applied to extract the essential wealth of this diversity, so human as cultural. She retranscribes this experience through her books, mixture of cultures and meetings. " The identity of an individual is the complex result of its origins, the context in which he evolves and persons whom he meets on his way " " La Lointaine, the sacrifice of the Nubia " in November, 2010 - publishing Harmattan
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Economy in Lebanon

Lebanese Emigration

  • Walid Maalouf Letter to His Excellency President Michel Sleiman
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  • “Living the Titanic: The Centennial Memorial Cruise Travelogue”

Roots and Wings

Various Publications

  • Discover one of the richest Lebanese Newsletter which is published in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Chinese
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  • Spotlight Newsletter
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  • Raff's Newsletter November-December 2012 Read more ...

WLCU Archives

  • WLCU BC Council was established in 1995 to coordinate the activity between Vancouver Chapter (LCS), the Victoria Chapter and the Youth Organization. In 2005, WLCU BC Council became a Certified Non-Profit Organization
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  • Lebanese community in Paris marks Gibran's 125th anniversary with music and dance show
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United Nations(UN) News

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