“Aslam wa alykom!”, I never thought a simple hello can be soothing. That is when I knew this place I can call home. Dearborn has the most Arab population varying from Lebanon, Yemen, Jordon, Iraq, and Palestine. The people interact with each other in a way of respect, care, and acceptance. Many people from the Middle East migrated to Dearborn to work in the Auto Industry made by Henry Ford. He opened Ford motor company headquarters in the city of Dearborn. Also, insured everyone has the importance of education beside them by providing Henry Ford Continental Library and Henry Ford community college. Henry ford museum was open with the design of types of cars. Nothing was more exciting than the grand opening of Arab American Museum which is the first place anyone steps foot in Dearborn should visit! The Museum holds calligraphy art and the heritage of the first Arabs that came to the city.
Mosques were built and many started small business such as bakeries, restaurants, clothing stores, and salons. Leave room for the Mediterranean food! Warren Ave. is the street the links all diverse places anyone can go to. From the best bakeries ( Shatila) eating baklawa or knafeh to Amani’s Middle Eastern Restaurant eating Shawarma, hummus, and a tabouli salad. Any one tired of Arabic food like I am; just go straight down the street to find American or Chinese Buffet. Diversity is what keeps my hometown together; whether I am from Yemen (which I am actually) or Indonesia, we all help each other and work together. It is not where I am from but, what I can do to my community.
This is a video that I have made to describe my community:
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