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A new issue of Brownbook is out (No. 31), and here’s what you’ll find inside in terms of the main feature:
Every once in a while, through our usual quest of exploring the contemporary Middle East and its global influence, Brownbook Magazine finds a remarkable pocket of Arabian diaspora. Whether it’s the seven million Lebanese people in San Paulo, the trend setting generations of Syrians who settled in Downtown Manhattan or the unavoidable Farsi community in Los Angeles, we find their stories fascinating.
For Brownbook’s 31st issue, we discovered another thriving community of the Arabic diaspora paving the way in Sydney; a city where Arabic is the second most spoken language after English. These Arabs, mostly Lebanese, Palestinian, Iraqi and Egyptian, are following in the footsteps of the Arabs that once travelled west to Andalusia and North Africa and further east to China.
Arabs have always had the urge to migrate and we at Brownbook wanted to celebrate this by letting our spotlight rest on their creative ventures. In Sydney we talk to a musician, a photographer, an architect and a restaurateur before allowing the ladies who head up the Arab Film Festival show us around their city.
You can subscribe to Brownbook from their site, but they don’t seem to sell individual issues.