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How Does it Feel to be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America

Bayoumi, Moustafa

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ISBN 10: 0143115413 / ISBN 13: 9780143115410
Published by Penguin, 2009
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Fine copy, signed by the author on the title page. Bayoumi takes readers into the lives of seven twenty somethings living in Brooklyn, home to the largest Arab American population in the United States. He moves beyond sterotypes and cliches to reveal their often unseen struggles, from being subjected to government surveillance to the indignities of workplace discrimination. Race, religion, and civil rights. x/290pp+a readers guide to this book. Desirable!. Bookseller Inventory # 002991

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Title: How Does it Feel to be a Problem?: Being ...

Publisher: Penguin

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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An eye-opening look at how young Arab- and Muslim- Americans are forging lives for themselves in a country that often mistakes them for the enemy

Just over a century ago , W.E.B. Du Bois posed a probing question in his classic The Souls of Black Folk: How does it feel to be a problem? Now, Moustafa Bayoumi asks the same about America's new "problem"-Arab- and Muslim-Americans. Bayoumi takes readers into the lives of seven twenty-somethings living in Brooklyn, home to the largest Arab-American population in the United States. He moves beyond stereotypes and clichés to reveal their often unseen struggles, from being subjected to government surveillance to the indignities of workplace discrimination. Through it all, these young men and women persevere through triumphs and setbacks as they help weave the tapestry of a new society that is, at its heart, purely American.

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Moustafa Bayoumi was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and raised in Canada. He earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and is an associate professor of English at Brooklyn College, the City University of New York. He is coeditor of The Edward Said Reader, and his essays have appeared in The Best Music Writing 2006, The Nation, The London Review of Books, The Village Voice, and other publications. He is also the author of This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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