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Transcript of Arab Americans
Friendship is highly valued
Arabs are either Muslim, Christian, or occasionally, Jewish
Elders are looked to with respect
Drinking alcohol is not allowed
Hospitality is often centered around food
Arabs are very private people
Public image is very important
Conservative dress is the norm
Arabs do not have the same theory about personal space than Western cultures, and stand much closer when talking
Although it is considered obscene for members of the opposite sex to show affection in public, members of the same sex can often be seen holding hands or being affectionate in public
The stereotyping of Arab Americans Best Practices for this group What are the top best things to say/do in a practice enviroment? What are the top worst things to say/do in a practice enviroment? Case Example : 1. Do not back away if client stands close to you
2. Do not show the bottom of feet or bottom
3. Do not show up late for an appointment
4. Do not strike up a conversation with an Arab woman in public without first being introduced
5. Do not ask "Do you have a bomb?"
6. Do not ask "Do you know how to belly dance?"
7. Do not assume all Arabs are muslim
8. Do not look at your watch/clock during a meeting with an Arab client
9. Do not assume that all Arab women have to wear a Hijab, many do not
10. Do not offer, or ask about alcohol, it is forbidden.
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Arab's are very likely to be discriminated against and stereotyped as terrorists.
According to the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, "The number of violent crimes against Arab Americans is down from the 700-plus documented by ADC in just a few weeks immediately following Sept. 11, but the rate remains higher than pre-Sept. 11 levels."
According to the Census, in 2000 there were about
14,777 Arabs living in Chicago.
Chicago ranks 4th in places with the largest Arab population (Following New York, Dearborn, and L.A)
Arabs communities can be found in the Southwest side of Chicago and the northwest side centered in Albany Park. The Arab culture places a lot of value on privacy, public image and pride.
This can make it difficult for Arabs to seek help because they will worry about people finding out, and in their culture, it is rare to ask other people for help, or share personal business with anyone.
Also, many Arabs are apprehensive about recieving benefits, such as welfare, or medicaid to attain these services, because they frown upon "recieving charity". 1. Allow client to lead
2. Ask about client's religion
3. Be cautious in asking personal questions,
especially about Arab women
4. Inquire about the culture, and lifestyle of
5. Be overly cautious about sounding critical
6. Only use your right hand when accepting a beverage or food item
7. Shake hands at beginning and end of visit, but shake only with the right hand.
8. If a client ever gives you some type of gift, you should attempt to refuse it, however if they insist, do not open it in front of them
9. Maintain eye contact with clients
10. Be aware that the Arab culture is wary about photography About half of the Arabs in America are Muslim, and about half practice Christianity. There are also some that are Jewish. However, no matter which religion is being practiced, religion plays a crucial role in the Arab culture.
Also, many women immigrate to America in hopes that it will be more accepting for them to pursue an education, and choose their own career path as well as have more power in making decisions regarding their marital status. It is important to stress confidentiality so that the client may feel at ease knowing their issues will remain private
Be aware of praying patterns, and respect them if they take place in between sessions
Be more cautious in asking personal questions, and allow client to lead more since it is harder for this culture to share personal information
An example of a non-profit that offers services specifically to Arab Americans is AAFS (Arab American Family Services)
http://www.arabamericanfamilyservices.org/updated_services.asp Ahmed Nubar is a 44 year old Arab American police officer whom is
currently working for the New York Police Department. He immigrated to the US when he was 18 years old. Ahmed was on call the day that 9/11 occurred and worked at ground zero. Being both American and Arab, and having been so close to seeing the after math of 9/11, and watching his children suffer the discrimination of being of Middle Eastern descent at their nearby schools, Ahmed struggles with his identity, and how to tell his children how to handle discrimination. If he came to you for guidance, how would you approach this issue with both him, and his children? Kedzie and Lawrence