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New brief piece on Syrian American advice literature

March 27, 2019- a new piece I wrote appears on the German Historical Institute’s new blog on Migrant Knowledge. It centers on a 1909 booklet written by a Syrian American immigration inspector, and explores advice literature as an immigrant genre.

Jamil Hulwah’s The Syrian Emigrant, a 1909 advice booklet for new Syrian immigrants to America. Hulwah was then an immigration inspector at Ellis Island.

The piece, called “A Little Advice: Syrian American Advice Booklets as Knowledge Production,” appears at this link: https://wp.me/paHRgm-Bt 

The GHI-West at University of California, Berkeley is building a new research project on the juncture between these two topics: migration and knowledge. They hosted several migration scholars at UCB for a workshop last October, and the blog posts are partly the result of conversations started there. I look forward to reading more from the other workshop participants on topics as varied as Mennonite drug smuggling in Mexico; the WPA project; Angolan labor migration; rum and coerced migration; and Middle Eastern migrants on Costa Rice. (For the blog’s mission statement, check out Migrant Knowledge‘s “About” page).

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