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Hanaa Alasmi and Nazzal Alasmi

Hanaa Alasmi (56) and her husband, Nazzal Alasmi (62), talk together about the past and the future, sharing stories about family and reflecting on all that has changed in their lives since coming to the United States from Syria.

Mustafa Ghannoum tells his daughter about hometown and family structure in the United States

Mustafa Ghannoum is an immigrant in America. He describes his hometown and his life as a child in Damascus, Syria. Mustafa tells Noran Ghannoum about his love for soccer and his views of family structures.

Jeanne El-Hindi discusses her interests in Middle Eastern studies and what life was like in Syria.

In this interview, conducted in January 2018 in Vienna, Virginia, Leigh El-Hindi (16) interviews her mother Jeanne El-Hindi (48) about her interests in Middle Eastern culture and her time spent in Syria. The interview starts with Mrs. El-Hindi's childhood in...

Unplanned Immigration

“We had to flee. We didn’t plan it, just in a matter of two hours we were out of the country.” My name is Puzant Kiwanian and I am 15 years old. The story you will hear in this recording...

Interview With My Mom

My mom was raised in Syria where morals were really important to a family, and it was very different from America. She shared some experiences.

Girl from Syria

Rahaf Ibrahim is a girl from Syria who just interview at my local university and so I wanted to conduct an interview of my own

Ayah Aburashed interviews Zarifa Alsadi about her Childhood in Palestine

In this interview, conducted on May 6th 2022 in West Bloomfield Michigan, Ayah Aburashed (13) interviews Zarifa Alsadi or Tayta Zuzu (90) about her life growing up. She shares about her siblings, where she grew up, the transition to America,...

John and Leslie Boloian and Alex Wu

Andover Stories of American Identity: John and Leslie share their compelling family story relating to the trauma of the Armenian Genocide, immigrating to Andover as farmers, and creating a legacy through their land and culture.

2018 Art Action Day – Khaled Barakeh “Art is the ultimate freedom. Life without art is like food without taste.”

In preparation for the 2018 Art Action Day, the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) of PEN America interviewed Khaled Barakeh, an artist and cultural activist who is originally from Syria, but has been living in Europe for many years. We...

The Sarkisians and Alex Wu

Creating Community Through Sharing Stories: An interview with multiple generations of the Sarkisian family, where they share how their ancestors fled the Armenian Genocide, their lifestyle growing up on the family-owned farm, establishing a legacy in Andover, and how their...

My Mom's Journey Moving to the US from Syria

In this interview, I ask my mother about growing up in the shore town of Latakia Syria and her experience moving to the United States at the age of 12. She discusses cultural differences between the regions, how her and...

Alexa Thomas speaks to her grandma Rahmeh Jarrah about her early life and what it was like to grow up in Syria.

We spoke about how it was to grow up in Syria. My grandma told me about what it was like to grow up on a farm and to come to America once she met her husband when she was younger....

A Syrian Refugee Couple Adopt Their American Family
February 26, 2019 App Interview

Zubair Rushk and Etan Shukri, married Syrian refugees, adopted Daniel and Joyce Romm as their American parents after a chance meeting prompted by a newspaper article.