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

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

The Last of Little Syria

A Toledo Blade Documentary: A Shop owner finds home in Toledo’s fading Arab enclave. The once thriving ethnic Arab neighborhood is most defined by those who’ve left. Syrians, Lebanese, and Palestinians. Today, few remain. This short documentary captures life in … Continue reading The Last of Little Syria

Gary Jacob in “The Last of Little Syria” documentary 

Gary Jacob, a Toledo businessman, grew up in what was known as Little Syria, and continues to live in the neighborhood. His family traces its roots to present-day Lebanon and Syria The Jacobs Family Connection-This is our cousin Gary.  Gary is … Continue reading Gary Jacob in “The Last of Little Syria” documentary