July 2013 Issue Draft
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The Lebanese Heritage
From British Columbia to the world...

July 2013 - Volume 2013, No.07
Look for our next issue in September!


Lebanon is great not because of its history and climate but because of its genuine and nice people!

By Ali H. Shami, Senior Manager at Boeing
(Learn more about Ali H. Shami)

When I started writing this editorial about my experience as a Lebanese emigrant, I froze for few minutes and did not know what to write.  Getting asked by the World Lebanese Cultural Union (WLCU) to write the editorial by itself is a great honor. Writing something of worth to match only a sliver of the achievements of the WLCU is an even greater task.  As I embarked into this journey, I said to myself that this is probably going to be one of the most challenging tasks; especially with the ongoing turmoil in Lebanon.

All of a sudden, a series of positive memories started rolling in front of my eyes and washed away the negative thoughts.  The chain of events and past experiences led me to January 1, 1985 when I arrived at the University of Alabama coming from Lebanon carrying one piece of luggage, my Lebanese passport, and a hole in my heart which I had left back home.  I did not know that the next few hours would present a positive experience that would be engraved in my mind until the day I die.  The feelings associated with that experience occurred one more time in my life when I attended my first WLCU conference in Victoria, Canada several years ago.  An experience that made me so proud of not only being a Lebanese but also lucky to have experienced a example of how the Lebanese emigrants are such a great source of hope to those living in Lebanon and abroad!

Walking down the University strip with rain drops falling on my shoulders, I could see a glimpse of the International House where I was supposed to report at.   Having struggled for months in Beirut before I made it out of the ailing country Lebanon to come to the United States with few hundred dollars in pocket, nothing was going to stop me from pursuing my dreams as a Lebanese American.

I walked into the International House and introduced myself to Mr. Greg; the admission officer.  As soon as I said that I came from Lebanon, he reached for his desk phone, called someone, and said:" Hi, one of your fellow Lebanese young men is here".   Within 15 minutes, I saw a Chevrolet stopping in front of the International House.  A young man got out of the car and hollered:"Alloush! Ahla wsahla!"  This young man swiftly reached for my luggage, picked it up, and put it in his car.  Standing there and hearing the Lebanese accent that I had not heard for the last two days while travelling through strange lands was such a great relief!  He assured me that I was in good hands with a wonderful group of Lebanese people.  Every time I expressed my sincere appreciation he would say no worries and would say that there was no need to even mention his name.  He said he was only paying back by paying forward!  For this reason, I will continue to refer to him as the Lebanese "young man".  

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Story of the Month

Transatlantic crossing Did Phoenicians beat Columbus by 2000 years? 

By Sheena McKenzie

  • British adventurer aims to sail replica Phoenician sailboat across Atlantic
  • Journey could prove ancient civilization capable of reaching America
  • Could challenge theory Christopher Columbus first discovered New World
  • Historian dispute likelihood Phoenicians landed in America
Christopher Columbus has long been the poster boy Renaissance explorer who found fame and fortune by sailing from the Old World to the New.

Crossing the great unknown waters between Spain and the Caribbean in 1492, he became one of the most renowned -- and pivotal -- Europeans to set foot in America.

But more than five centuries later, a British adventurer plans to show that the New World could have been reached by another seafaring nation 2,000 years before Columbus.

Former Royal Navy officer Philip Beale hopes to sail a replica Phoenician boat 10,000 kilometers across the Atlantic in an ambitious voyage that could challenge maritime history.


Quote of the Month

You will never solve problems using the same thinking you created them with.
Albert Einstein


Here, There and Yonder




Culture & Multiculturalism

Interviews & Profiles

  • Ms. Guita G. Hourani, Ph.D. is the Director of the Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC) at Notre Dame University (NDU), Lebanon.
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  • Prof. Paul Tabar, (Lebanese American University, Beirut), Institute for Migration Studies
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  • Lebanese-Canadian author Rawi Hage,His first book "De Niro Game" already five Years
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Economy in Lebanon

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Lebanese Emigration

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  • Lebanese Migration to the Gulf (1950-2009) By Dr Guita Hourani |
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  • The Lebanese Jewish Community: Emigration and Diasporic Relations(Dr Paul Tabar)
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Roots and Wings

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Various Publications

  • Discover one of the richest Lebanese Newsletter which is published in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Chinese
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WLCU Archives

  • The Historical Background of Lebanese Emigration, 1800-1914.
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  • Lebanese Migration in the Context of World Population Movements.
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United Nations(UN) News

  • Next DPI/NGO Youth Representatives Meeting - Thursday, 25 July at 3 p.m.‏
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  • Letter from Maria-Luisa Chávez Chief DPI-NGO Relations to WLCU
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    , English or Spanish
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