Peronal Report on Visiting Arab Community in the Philadelphia City

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Philadelphia is one of the largest Pennsylvania's city, and besides being the largest City of the State, it is the richest city according to the history of the State. The city is composed of people from various ethnic groups both the residents and immigrants. Some of the immigrants in the City are Africans mostly seen in the west of Philadelphia, Albanians found in the north of the city, Arabian speaking Palestinians, Egyptians, and Arabic-speaking Moroccans. Its beautiful outlook is said to be the feature that makes people get convinced to visit the city and live in it. Indeed, I can confess that the town has beautiful seen.

The Arab community visited

I visited the Arab community in Philadelphia. In the Southern part of Philadelphia, mostly at the Tenth and Ellsworth of Philadelphia, is the area I anchored my visit to study the behavior and activities of Arabic community in Philadelphia. It is in the Tenth and Ellsworth area of Philadelphia that the Arabic Neighborhood makes an effect on the Pennsylvania's Philadelphia city.

Many Arab immigrants are currently living around the Aqsa Mosque which is situated at Germantown Avenue in the Philadelphia city. Al-Aqsa society and its mosques came into existence in the south of Philadelphia since there was increased interfaith of Arabs and The people of Philadelphia. Secondly, an increasing collaboration was facilitated by projects that were occurring between Arabians and the Philadelphians. Also, many Syrians could easily cross the borders of Philadelphia in search of peace in the 18th to the 19th century since there was political instability in Syria. The main reason for situating the Neighborhood in the south of Philadelphia was because the Palestine community which is composed of Muslims was almost near the Arab Muslim area.

There are boundaries which show the difference between the Arab-Americans and the Philadelphia residents. The limits are set regarding the health needs and services. Among the people interviewed, most of them said that immigrants are treated in a different way accompanied by the way the Philadelphian s are addressed in the manner that the Arabs are not entitled to any health insurance. Also, as compared to the Native Americans in Philadelphia, the immigrants are said to receive very few health care visits from the State's health care providers. Many of the respondents of the say that most Arabs have a tendency of avoiding medical checkups due to avoidance of the discrimination issues that arise due to increased immigration in the city. It has also observed that Arab-Americans make a boundary between them and the Philadelphians by ensuring that they live in one neighborhood, and also they operate businesses independently and hire and employ people from their communities alone.

Visible use of Arabic language

There is an indication that the Arabic language is spoken in the south of Philadelphia mostly in the Arabic Neighborhood. The evidence that the Arabic language is spoken is the Arabic Symbols on business premises, Muslims mosques which use the Arabic language on their overheads. Secondly, there are Muslim schools in the Southern part of Philadelphia. The schools' population is composed of mostly Arab students, and the syllabus in the Arabic class consists of Arabic language as one of the instructional words.

Arabic audible forms of language

The Arabic audible in Philadelphia is evident in Philadelphian Arab music. There is a music band that is called Albustan seed of Culture that produces Arab songs in Philadelphia. The music mostly played by the music bands in Philadelphia's Arabic areas is of Allugha group, Caravan, and qafila language groups.

The places I visited

Among the places I visited is the Al-Aqsa mosque that is said to have been built in 1989. In the worship area, I found out that the mosque is composed of mostly Arab-Americans Muslims and a few converted Philadelphians. The second place I visited is the Arabic cafe and restaurants in the area are the Sahara Grill cafe and Restaurant which is situated in street 1334 of Philadelphia PA. in the cafe I happened to be served with Arabic Kebab which was so strange but sweet. Also, I visited I visited a public library at called the Fumo Branch library that was previously known to be Ritner library that was meant for Children. In the library, I managed to come across several Muslim books some written in the Arabic language. In the library, I managed to meet several students both native and immigrants. One of the books I found in the library is as shown below.

My Conversation with one of the Arab-American in Philadelphia

In the South Philadelphia, I had a very interactive conversation with one of the prominent Arab-American. I noted that the Arab-Americans did not like the way the residents treated them in public social sectors like schools and health institutions. The man by the name Mahmud, emotionally said that health professionals discriminated the Arab immigrants by denying them full access to the medical insurance scheme.

I visited Jurassic world an exhibition that was done at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia where I enjoyed seeing some of the great enormous dinosaurs. The event is one of the events that make Philadelphia to be known worldwide.


Works cited

International Economic Review (Philadelphia). Philadelphia: Economics Dept. of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, 1960. Internet resource.

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