Flag of Lebanon

For the Lebanese, the cedar is a symbol of hope, freedom and memory.  In 1920, in a text of the proclamation of the State of Greater Lebanon, it was said: “an evergreen cedar is like a young nation despite a cruel past. Although oppressed, never conquered, the cedar is its rallying. By the union, it will break all attacks”. The white color on the flag represents the snow as a symbol of purity and peace. The two red stripes refer to the Lebanese blood shed to preserve the country against the successive invaders.   Historic Flag Right after the fall … Continue reading Flag of Lebanon

Health and Lebanese Migration

How did migration affect the health of the early Lebanese American community? January 7, 2016  |  Caroline Muglia This post is co-written by Sarah Soleim, a PhD in Public History at NC State University specializing in twentieth-century United States history, and Marjorie Stevens, Senior Researcher for the Center. For more articles on this topic, check out Counting the Lebanese in the US, our 3-part series on language and identity among immigrants, and our Fact Sheets. To answer this question researchers at the Khayrallah Center have been studying the impact of migration on the health of Lebanese immigrants between 1922 and 1949. … Continue reading Health and Lebanese Migration

Lebanese-American Migration

Syro-Lebanese Migration (1880-Present): “Push” and “Pull” Factors By Eliane Fersan | Apr 19, 2010 The earliest examples of modern Lebanese [1] migration date to the 1850s with Anthonius al-Bishalani, who migrated to the United States. However, scholars consider the 1880s to be the beginning of a larger migration phenomenon. A few decades after al-Bishalani set foot in America, Michel Chiha asserted that “we could not be able to live without emigration, but if emigration became too vast, it would be the end of us.”[2]After five waves of emigration, Lebanon today faces just such a dilemma. The First Wave: 1880-1914 According … Continue reading Lebanese-American Migration

Bsharri, The Kairouz Family

http://www.lebanesefamilyclub.co.za/index.php?fuseaction=main.home&pageid=18 THE ORIGIN & MEANING OF BECHARRE GEOGRAPHY & HISTORY  For years now, the capital of Lebanon has been enjoying tremendous progress and has developed so many foreign contacts, and been modernised so that any foreigner, what ever his nationality, has no difficulty in feeling quite at home in its midst. Its buildings, its places of entertainment, its way of life and its outlook have tended more and more to resemble those of the West. Naturally, all this progress carries a distinctly Lebanese stamp but, it is, all the same, rather difficult to limit to Beirut one’s true view of … Continue reading Bsharri, The Kairouz Family