Navigating Arab identity in America's racial landscape

“People remind you that you’re different. On a lucky day, you’re reminded you’re not too different to be one of them,” Amin Hilal said.”But on most days, the unlucky ones, this country reminds you you’re too different for anywhere.”Shortly after the Syrian civil war broke, Hilal, like most of his siblings, were displaced. Hilal sought refuge in Turkey first, a country that “never accepted who I am”.After spending three years working with non-governmental organisations helping Syrian refugees, Hilal met a Syrian American researcher. A while later, they married and Hilal would soon start a new l…

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