Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders will have Moustafa Bayoumi on their show Monday to talk about Arab American youth in a post-9/11 world. He is professor of English at Brooklyn Collage and co-author of How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America The book features personal stories from the American Muslim community. Hear more about the book and stories from Arab American youth. Listen to past interviews with Bayoumi on Here on Earth’s archive’s page.
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Book description (Penguin Group):
We meet Rasha, Sami, Lina, Akram, Yasmin, Omar and Rami and discover through them the often-unseen entanglements wrought by our age: government surveillance and detentions, workplace discrimination, warfare in their countries of origin, threats of vigilante violence, the infiltration of spies and informants into their midst, and the disappearance of friends or family. Their richly told stories connect us to their quests for meaning, from falling in love to finding God, and we feel their triumphs and watch them stumble along the way. As the lives of these young Arab Americans turn on the winds of global conflicts we see how they manage the major issues of our day while forging the contours of our future society. What the stories in this book prove is that the fight for equality and the commitment to compassion are as necessary today as ever, if not more.
Moustafa Bayoumi. (2008). How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America. New York, New York: The Penguin Press.