May 2014 Issue Draft
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The Lebanese Heritage
From British Columbia to the world...

May 2014 - Volume 2014, No.5


Lebanon is a source of wealth by its history, different religious communities, cultural heritage and geography. Do not give up.

By Patricia P. Atallah, Editor-in-chief, - French section
(Learn more about Patricia P. Atallah)

In 2014, France has more than 210,000 Lebanese in its territory. One of the largest waves of immigrants was during the last period of the war in Lebanon. It is this wave that has led my parents to flee the country. Like many other families, my family has lived for some years in the city of Jeddah before choosing Paris, our home land.
Paris was my cradle. A cradle decorated by cedars, columns, Baalbeck’s columns, Lebanese music and memories.

During the first years of my childhood, I never agreed to have been torn from my country. I was 6 years old. This tearing lasted nearly twenty years later and has softened over time. I finally accepted this dual identity after some experience and countless hours of reflection: « Who am I? », « For what do I fight? », « Am I Lebanese or French? ». The result of these reflections sparked my involvement in unlimited associations, working for the rebuilding of Lebanon. In parallel with this associative full life, I finally found my way: my voice. Indeed, sing for my country is the greatest gift I can give to my family and Lebanese people.

Always working with older people was a real eye-opener on a key point: the youth. The new generation is our future, the future of our country. For those who grow up abroad, they probably have the same questions as me but there is no guarantee that the result will be the same.

Lebanese people have the duty to pass on our heritage to our children through learning the language and history. Some of the hundreds of Franco-Lebanese associations in France do it. Others try to play a unifying role for our children. If we do not take care, nobody will do it for us.

Our strength is our word. As far as I am concerned, writing is the best way to pass on our thoughts certainly, positively and in a safe and sustainably. This is why I created my first blog in 2004, with great ambition. Over time, it has evolved in substance and in form. It was not called « Phénix Blanc » (White Phoenix) by chance. The phoenix always rises from the ashes, like Beirut, but also as a human being after a difficult period. White signifies purity, but also the eternal snow on the peaks of the Lebanese mountains. « Le Phénix Blanc » stands for eternity. I draw some of my strength in reading and I thrive in writing. In both cases, we are never alone. We interact with each other. We exchange views from all over the world. What fun! Speak several languages ??is a gift.

As a Lebanese-French, I am delighted to join the international team with my new function and for giving me the opportunity to communicate with Lebanese around the world, by testifying my infinite love for Lebanon and showing my great appreciation for France.


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Story of the Month

From New Zealand to Brasil, the story of Bou Sader and Ary (al- Kary )
By Roberto Khatlab.

From New Zealand to Brasil, the story of Bou Sader and Ary

(At the end of the nineteenth century, a Lebanese community already exists in distant New Zealand)In 1895 , the young Elias Bou Sader, born in 1854 in the village of Choueir , Mount Lebanon , emigrated to New Zealand and settled in the industrial area of ??Woolston , in the city of Christchurch, on the east coast the South Island . Elias began working in the general trade and then opened a bakery in association with an English friend, Jack Pease, also emigrating to New Zealand. And he met Miriam Pease, sister of Jack, a young girl born in Oxford, England, in 1862. Their mother was called Harriete Smith and their father, John Pease, had worked at the Royal typography of Buckingham Palace time of Queen Victoria. In 1870, John and his family, Christian Church “Religious Society of Friends ( Quaker ) " had emigrated to New Zealand and John opened a shoe store in Christchurch.

Quote of the Month

“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.”
? Mahatma Ghandi

Little Gazette!

Regional differences in the conditions of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, by: Sam van Vliet and Dr Guita Hourani
By the end of 2013, Lebanon is hosting around 1.3 million Syrian refugees scattered across more than 1,500 municipalities.1 A recent World Bank study projects the Syrian presence in Lebanon to reach 1.6 to 2.4 million refugees in 2014.
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Here, There and Yonder

  • The Lebanese Canadian Society of BC ( WLCU - Vancouver chapter) hosted its annual Ladies Get-Together Lunch.
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  • Sponsored by the LCS-BC, the BC Youth chapter held a Youth Party on May 2, 2014, in Burnaby.
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  • An Evening with Pierre Ahmaranian at the Vancouver Public Library.
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  • Lebanese- Portuguese, Safa Dib, the youngest politician, running for European Parliament
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  • Lebanese Canadian sculptor of Montreal, Joe Jbeily breathes life into the Wood and reincarnates it into Bronze
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Interviews & Profiles

  • Learn more about Patricia Atallah,the new editor in Chief of the French Section.
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  • Salim Khalaf the founder of Encyclopedia phoeniciana, By Bearta Al-chakar Powell
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Culture & Multiculturalism

  • Reports that Beirut synagogue will reopen dismissed as rumors, By Elise Knutsen.
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  • Drifts identity, fundamentalism, pluralism and living together
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  • Lebanese intangible heritage and national identity.
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  • Book launch: Joe Jbeily, Lebanese Canadian sculptor from Montreal (bilingual work)
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  • Lebanese American Movie: DETROIT UNLEADED is a slice-of-life romantic comedy that centers around a 24-hour gas station in Detroit.
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  • How much does taste cost? Lebanese taste, is a love story, a story of nostalgia and transmission of know-how...
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Economy in Lebanon

  • Lebanese cuisine to launch in the United States
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  • Female entrepreneurs a rarity in Lebanon. Many Lebanese women opt for low-risk jobs, by Veronique Abu Ghazaleh.
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  • Lebanon’s migrant workers demand rights and legal protection , by Melissa Tabeek.
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Lebanese Emigration

  • Graduates of Lebanese medical schools in the United States: an observational study of international migration of physicians (Medical Services Research)
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  • An emigration versus a globalization perspective of the Lebanese physician workforce: a qualitative study (Medical Services Research)
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  • São Paulo became the first Lebanese city outside Lebanon and Brazilians of Lebanese citizens who are proud to be.
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Roots and Wings

  • Mexican-Lebanese movie star, SALMA HAYEK, lends her talent to an animated feature film about Kahlil Gibran, in memory of her Lebanese Grandfather
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  • Autumn wedding in London for George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin (The Lebanese-British lawyer).
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  • The Ameen Rihani Scholarship (ARS), announced the winner of the $1,500 Ameen Rihani Scholarship for 2014 - Sarah Mokh, a Lebanese-American from Dearborn, Michigan.
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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

  • First email from the WSG, Dr Nick kahwaji to Secretariat general team: In order to prepare ourselves for the big start in Jan 2010...
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  • Membership drive, A Chapter’s needed action in 2011: Membership is the lifeblood of the WLCU. Retaining and attracting members can be a very challenging task...
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  • World Secretariat General Administrative report (October 2009 to March 2012), By Dr Nick Kahwaji
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United Nations(UN) News

  • The WLCU was associated with the Department of Public Information since 2009, take a look again at this associationship: "working together and making a difference, the DPI- NGO relationship"
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  • The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, celebrated annually on 17 May since 1969
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  • The role of partnerships beyond 2015, event was organized by UN DESA in collaboration with the UN Office for Partnerships and the UN Global Compact.
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