I have pride in my heritage, but I wish I knew more about where I came frome. Perhaps when my thesis is done, I will begin researching my roots. What I do know is that I am Lebanese on my mother's side. My grandfather, although born in the US, spent his childhood in Lebanon and returned to this country as a teenager in 1914. He came through Ellis Island with his brother, sister and mother and they ventured through NY and into Pennsylvania where they settled. I can't begin to imagine what Lebanon or the US looked like at the turn of the century. I wish I would have asked him more questions before he passed, but I do remember some of his stories, and I know my mother remembers many more.
My mom said that my Great-Grandma Shaheen kept the family going by earning money as a peddler when they returned to this country. Whether or not you are Leabanese, I think you'll appreciate this story - but don't read it! Listen (its only a few minutes)- it is much more powerful. It's a story of immigrant families, food, culture and history. I think you'll like it!
Kibbe at the Crossroads: A Lebanese Kitchen Story