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My Arab Identity - بودكاست الهوية host Maram Ismail Source: Aaron Wang

Second-generation Arab Australians speak out about their mixed identity, being accepted in society, and obstacles they face belonging to both Eastern and Western cultures.

My Arab Identity podcast explores what it feels like to belong in two places, and nowhere at the same time. Hear from young Arab-Australians on how they’re dealing with the complexities of a mixed identity.





Listen to My Arab Identity podcast episodes now:

Episode one: Sara Saleh - Where will I be buried? 

Where will I be buried?
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Episode two: Amani Haydar - Healing after mum's murder

Healing after mum's murder
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Episode three: Ryan Al-Natour - Dear Queensland, not all Arabs are Muslims

Dear Queensland, not all Arabs are Muslims
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Episode Four: Ruby Hamad - I changed my Arab name to fit in

I changed my Arab name to fit in
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Episode Five: Culture shock: from Islamic school to university

Culture shock: From Islamic school to university
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Episode Six: What does it take to become a "real Egyptian" in Australia?

What does it take to become a 'real Egyptian' in Australia?
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Episode Seven: How this young Iraqi woman rebelled against her family's Mandean traditions

How this Iraqi-Australian rebelled against her family's Mandean traditions
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Episode Eight: How one advice stopped me from taking my own life

How one advice stopped me from taking my own life
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Episode Nine: Why I accepted daily bullying at school?

Why I accepted daily bullying at school?
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Listen to My Arab Identity podcast on your favourite podcast platforms: Pocket CastsSpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsStitcher and here.

My Arab Identity
My Arab Identity - بودكاست الهوية
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The podcast highlights the challenges that Arab migrants and their children face while being of mixed identity in Australia and how they have overcome it.

Over nine episodes, Maram Ismail hosts writers who have decided to publish their stories about their journey of self-discovery, in Arabs, Australians, and Others anthology by Sara Saleh and Randa Abdel Fattah.

Arab Australians and Others
Randa Abdel Fattah, Rawan Al Kalmashi, Sara Saleh, Amani Haydar
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Have you ever pretended not to be Arab? How far do you go to please your parents? Ever thought about where you’ll be buried? This podcast explores what it feels like to belong in two places, and nowhere at the same time. We’ll speak with second-generation Arab-Australian migrants about how they’re dealing with the complexities of a mixed identity. How do you own your Arab culture and try to fit in with Australians?

In each episode, a young Australian-Arab will talk about how long and what it took them to appreciate the value of their Arabic heritage, language and culture in Australia. They talk about their experiences of integration into the wider society and the pitfalls they faced which led to the dispersion and confusion of their identities.

My Arab Identity reveals some stories of domestic violence, racial discrimination, bullying, and more from within the Arabic community in Australia.  

Sara Saleh
Sara Saleh
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Sara Saleh speaks about a dilemma that may face some migrants – where to be buried after death. How can an Arab-Australian woman with a migrant background, mixed between Egyptian and Lebanese-Palestinian, decide in which country her body would be buried? How can she choose?

Listen to the first episode of My Arab Identity here:

Where will I be buried?
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Amani Haydar
Amani Haydar
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Amani Haydar is a young woman of Lebanese descent. She was deprived of a social life as a child and deprived of her mother in horrible circumstances. Her experience with her parents' migration to Australia revolved around a thin line between the expectations that migrants imposed on their children, and their cruelty in forcing their children to meet those expectations. Today, Amani Hayder stands against domestic violence after her father killed her mother four years ago.

Listen to the second episode of My Arab Identity here:

Healing after mum's murder
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Ryan Al Natour
Ryan Al Natour
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Rayan Al-Natour is a young man who lived most of his life in western Sydney, within a very multicultural space.  He never thought how his cultural identity and appearance would impact on his settlement and acceptance one day in Rockhampton, North Queensland. He often had to stand up and defend the good people in his community; “They are not all terrorists and trouble makers”; He is seen as “Muslim-Lebanese”, although he is a “Christian –Palestinian”.

Listen to the second episode of My Arab Identity here:

Dear Queensland, not all Arabs are Muslims
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Ruby Hamad
Ruby Hamad

Ruby Hamad speaks about her journey of self-discovery, to which identity she wants to belong?  How far she would go to be accepted within the wider Australian society? Is changing her name and denying her Arabic background enough? She talks about the language, appearance, family and lifestyle conflicts she went through as a Lebanese-Arab-Australian girl.

Listen to the fourth episode of My Arab Identity here:

I changed my Arab name to fit in
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Sara El Sayed
Sara El Sayed
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Sara El Sayed dreamed of becoming part of the aerobics team at school when she was 12 years old. But the challenges she faced were greater than just getting accepted into auditions. She wanted to be just a simple, normal, and acceptable part of the broader school community, especially among her classmates. "A story about bullying, maybe some discrimination, and the challenges of her mixed identity."

Listen to the fifth episode of My Arab Identity here:

Why I accepted daily bullying at school?
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Mohammad Awad
Mohammad Awad
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Mohammad Awad disliked his name as a child and as a teenager, not because of its meaning or because of its descent, but because of the obstacles, it forced him to face. Mohammad mentions the harassment he endured at school, university and work despite having white skin. He also recalls how he was picked for a routine interrogation at Sydney airport when he was travelling to Lebanon to visit his father, at a time when fear of terrorism was at its peak.

Listen to the sixth episode of My Arab Identity here:

How one advice stopped me from taking my own life
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Rooan Al Kalmashi
Rooan Al Kalmashi
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Rooan Al Kalmashi rebelled against what her community considered indispensable and social constants. Coming from Mandaean Iraqi descent, the main obstacles she encountered while growing up in Australia were to do with her own acceptance of her identity and coming to terms with it. She struggled growing up between two worlds and wanted her life to be free of any restrictions that she couldn't see fit in today, especially those imposed by parents.

Listen to the seventh episode of My Arab Identity here:

How this Iraqi-Australian rebelled against her family's Mandean traditions
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Abdulrahman Hammoud
Abdulrahman Hammoud
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Abulrahman Hammoud went to an Islamic school where he found solidarity to fast during Ramadan, celebrate Eid, and saw his friends’ mothers wearing hijab. He did not feel different than or questioned for holding the Arab Muslim identity. But this world, which may be ideal for some migrants, disappeared when he first set his foot in the university, a world where he found himself a stranger and a target for anyone who didn't welcome diversity.

Listen to the eightieth episode of My Arab Identity here:

Culture shock: From Islamic school to university
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Miran Hosny
Miran Hosny
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Miran Hosny is proud of her Egyptian heritage. But you won’t know that she is originally from Egypt when she speaks her Arabic dialect, simply because she cannot associate herself with belonging to Egypt only. She was born and lived all her life in Australia, in a neighbourhood full of migrants who come from different countries and cultures that influenced her composition and understanding of her Arab identity. Although she speaks Arabic, she is still being criticised for not speaking the Egyptian dialect.

Listen to the ninth episode of My Arab Identity here:

What does it take to become a 'real Egyptian' in Australia?
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Listen to My Arab Identity podcast on your favorite podcast platforms: Pocket Casts, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and here.