The children and I had been in Hawaii almost five weeks when a sudden craving for hummus hit. We had not really thought about hummus for awhile, had been enjoying our huli huli chicken and Spam musubi, foods we cannot get in Ann Arbor, when we suddenly noticed that something we normally took for granted was simply not there. We searched but could not find good hummus or tabouli anywhere. We could not find good Indian food. We could not find henna. This is just a small thing, unimportant really, but we began to appreciate that there are things gritty Michigan has that languorous Hawaii does not. With Dearborn being home to the largest Arab community outside of the Middle East, Michigan is multicultural after all, but a different mix of multi than Hawaii. While the rest of the country is freaking out about terrorist stereotypes, we have neighbors.
The Ann Arbor District Library offers us two opportunities this week to learn more about our Arab American neighbors and friends: (click on link for more)
Craving hummus far away--Arab American events at Ann Arbor District Library this week - AnnArbor.com