WLCU | Lebanese Heritage | November/December 2013 Issue
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The Lebanese Heritage
From British Columbia to the world...

November/December 2013 - Volume 2013, No.10


Editorial

Passionate Love is a Quenchless Thirst
By Glen kalem (Sydney, Australia)

I would like to firstly thank the WLCU-BC council, and the “Lebanese heritage” for allowing me this space to write a little about my work and world. My hope is that it makes a good read and above all inspires thought and friendships.

So why Gibran? And why me?

“your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding” It was 1999, facing a crossroads moment in my life, searching for answers to recent setbacks that inevitably led to a major grounding, that I would later define as a necessary scholastic quarantine.

Like most second-generation sons of Lebanese blue collar immigrants, I had clung to roots I had very little knowledge of, but was so passionately committed to. But it was an awkward life, one riddled with reasoning my Australian born identity into a proud Lebanese heritage. In gastronomically terms you ate Lebanese bread but you filled it with Vegemite (Australian Breakfast spread). To diverse at the time for conservative lunch boxes, one can only imagine how Christopher Columbus had felt a mere 500 years ago when he proclaimed the world was not flat but round; unlike the Lebanese Bread I grew up eating. The constant conflict within my self to be an Australian and Lebanese in the same manner was starting to take its toll and somehow you dreamt of a perfect match of cultures that had the best of both worlds. It was a road hard trodden and long dreamt.

Desperately searching for a hero to relieve my cultural and spiritual pangs I found refuge in Gibran. The excitement I felt then has never left me; if anything, it has deepened. What began as the interest of a hobbyist, fifteen years later has grown into a full-blown passion, resulting in an extensive travel to sites across the globe, a personal library of research, which includes text, images and film.

Why the film, The Reluctant Visionary?

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Story of the Month

The story of Suzette Sasson, a Lebanese Jew revisiting her home town.

By: Dalal Mawad
As her brother drove her through the streets of downtown Beirut on a balmy January day, 76-year-old Suzette Sasson felt like a stranger in her own city. Captivated by the new places and unfamiliar faces, she failed to notice they had reached Wadi Abou Jamil, the neighborhood she had longed to return to for years. But when her brother stopped the car and pointed to a four-story building, Sasson was shaken out of her limbo. She stared, drowning in silence. “Go up mama,” said her 40-year-old son Raymond, sitting behind her. “But what should I say?” she muttered nervously. When a woman opened the door of the apartment on the third floor, Sasson told her in Arabic: “I grew up here, can I see the house?” She walked slowly around what has now become an office space, years weighing heavily on her steps. When she reached the balcony, she stopped, shaking. The melancholia of a beautiful youth came blowing in her face.

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Quote of the Month

Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
(By Albert Camus)

Best Wishes!

  • The International Board of Directors of the WLCU/ULCM.org, and the Lebanese Heritage wishes you all the best in this holy seasons, hoping the year 2014 will bring peace and stability to Lebanon, as well as success and joy to all Lebanese across the world
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Here, There and Yonder

Here
  • Youth speech by Marc Ghanem and Melanie Kahwaji
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  • A successful Evening with Rawi Hage Friday, on November 1st, 2013
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  • Closing speech by, Camille Louis, LCS of BC President
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  • Opening ceremony by John Badr,President of WLCU-BC Council
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  • "Culture unites us” a Speech of Rawi Hage at the Lebanese Canadian society event in Vancouver.
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There
  • "Cedar World" connected people widely separated in time and place... December issue.
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Yonder
  • Man's mission to prove Phoenicians discovered the Americas a thousand years before Columbus
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  • Kahlil Gibran ~ The Reluctant visionary ~ a film by Glen Kalem
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Interviews & Profiles

  • Lebanon’s foremost sportsman and climber, Maxime Chaya was the first person from his home country to hoist its flag atop Everest.
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  • Vote for Hana Nadia in the Arctic adventure in North Sweden (300 Km with Dog sled)
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Culture & Multiculturalism

  • The WLCU French National Council invites you to the musical show "BEIRUT SUPERSTAR".
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  • Kahlil Gibran in China. By Glen Kalem for the “The Kahlil Gibran Global Forum”
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  • Rawi Hage: Introduction by Ken Seigneurie from World Literature SFU
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  • The first symposium of Latin American Center for Lebanese Studies (CELIBAL) in Costa Rica.
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  • The 22 November 2013: Hard choices and the age of reason, by Bahjat Rizk
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    Read in French »
  • Au «Carnival» de Rawi Hage, à bas les masques. Par Maya GHANDOUR HERT
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Economy in Lebanon

  • Canada-Lebanon bilateral relations are rooted in the strong ties generated by Canada’s Lebanese-Canadian community .
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  • Syria crisis puts Lebanese farmers at risk By Anaïs Renevier
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  • Syrian crisis pushing Lebanese into poverty
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Lebanese Emigration

  • A tribute to George Farhood and his son Charles, the founders of Montreal Chanteclerc Theatre in 1912
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  • Overcoming Obstacles,coming to Canada.Julius became George, Assaf became Charles, the Farhoods gradually became Québeckers.
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  • The jewish Lebanese community : from 14000 to 200 still living in Lebanon
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Roots and Wings

  • On the Road to Reading. A series of Books by Elisabeth Davis-Karam
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  • Star maker Betty Taoutel (Sfeir) the struggle of performance art in Lebanon. How you can help her win the war
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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

  • Letter to WLCU Leaders and members :"I extend to you.Declaring pulling my signature from the , " English copy of the By- laws "...By Past WSG
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    Read in Arabic »
  • How to run a successful meeting in a professional way A summary by JOHN BADR.22/05/2007
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  • WLCU – At the Crossroads: Government by the People for the People or Anarchy by the Few over the Many
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    Read in Arabic »

United Nations(UN) News

  • Commission on Sustainable Development Helped to Shape Global Agenda for Twenty-first Century, Says Chair, as Body Holds Final Session
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  • United Nations News Centre - International Volunteer Day - Ban highlights potential of youth as agents of change
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  • DESA Newsletter - December 2013
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