i STILL can't believe

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Posted by Alli from ? ( on Tuesday, April 02, 2002 at 6:16PM :

In Reply to: Martyrs posted by panch from ? ( on Tuesday, April 02, 2002 at 2:11PM :

you killed the duck. or Hammurabi, either.

Fred Parhad, why did you let them get to you so much that you destroyed something you worked so hard on? i know, i know - i read your reasons, but god almighty...

this past Sunday, i had dinner with a few friends, their friends, & my boyfriend. everyone was asking about my heritage, esp. this one guy there, a Muslim MD from Lebanon (degree from AUB) named Firas. he found out that i was 1/2 Assyrian/Chaldean, & he was so excited about it - informing me (& everyone else there) that my dad's people are the ORIGINAL mesopotamians, etc. he was so happy to talk about my dad's family's ancient roots, i didn't bother telling him that i already knew everything he was saying... then, everyone at the table (mostly blonde-bunny nurses & their boyfriends/husbands) asked what my dad looked like - & they were predictably shocked to find out that my dad is Catholic, & has red, curly hair & skin color that is actually lighter than mine (i have almost the same skin "coloring" as my mom, only a bit of olive from my father's side). it was amusing, but also exhausting & a bit frustrating. i mean, how long am i going to have to explain to people that not all people from the Middle East fit that Hollywood/media stereotype?

-- Alli
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