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Arabs in California
The Arbeely family, pictured here in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1881, were the first Syrian family to immigrate to the United States, having arrived three years prior. By 1890, most had moved to Los Angeles. (Photo/Courtesy of Habeeb and Dania Arbeely)

How Arab Americans found identity and belonging in California

A new book from USC Dornsife’s Sarah Gualtieri counters a long-held stereotype of Arab Americans as outsiders, exploring how they were integrated into Southern California.

Health
Jamil Samaan wants to see more Syrian American doctors
After experiencing language barriers, economic disadvantage and lack of access to mentorship on his journey to becoming a doctor, Jamil Samaan created the Syrian American Association of Science and Health to help immigrants like himself. (Photo/Courtesy of Jamil Samaan)

Graduating medical student turns academic success into opportunity for Syrian Americans

For the Syrian-born Jamil Samaan, graduating Saturday from the Keck School of Medicine of USC, more Syrian Americans in science means better care within his community.