By Guest Contributor Kendra James
Jamie Chung as Mulan on “Once Upon A Time.” Image via seat42f.com
The Roundup’s missed a few weeks due to NYCC, Hurricane Sandy and a weird flu bug, so, in addition to weekly news, we’ll be catching up with our favorite shows over the next few round-ups. As if I’d let a new season of The Vampire Diaries pass without comment.
Thanks for bearing with a shorter edition this week while we dive into our DVRs and I try and figure out why I love Nashville so much.
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By Guest Contributor Sara Yasin
The Arab Spring shattered everything that I thought I knew about the Arab world. As unrest broke out in the region, and regimes fell, I realised how little I knew. As a Palestinian-American, it has been routine to reference my heritage, from explaining why I do not look like Princess Jasmine, or distancing myself from suicide bombers. The politics of the land of my parents always frustrated me, and I suppose what I understood was mostly gleaned from exhausted conversations overheard in our home or headlines.
To my shock, even though I proved to know very little about what caused the Arab Spring, many seemed to automatically think that the first half of my hyphenated identity automatically made me an authority on the region. While I feel tied to and interested in the struggle for change across the Middle East and North Africa, this is not my Arab Spring.