Manhattan’s Vanished Little Syria, and the Work of Preserving My Family’s History
Raji Lian, my great-grandfather, came over from Syria in 1899.
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Strangers in the WestThe Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900, Strangers in the West
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I try to use my master’s thesis as a way to find myself in women’s writing—the mystics, Flannery—but, ultimately, I fail.
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Patois was our secret, allowing us to be in the English world and then escape to Jamaica through language.
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