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Interview with Jeanine and Jacques Saif

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Date of Interview

July 15, 2019

Interviewer

Joseph Seif

Interviewee

Jeanine and Jacques Saif

Biographical Text

- Jeanine was born and raised in Ghazir, Lebanon. She grew up during the Lebanese Civil War but did not feel its effects until the last few years. She married Jacques and moved to the U.S. to continue her education. She was a teacher in a French school in Saudi Arabia. 
- Jacques was born in Jdeidet Ghazir, which lies on the outskirts of Ghazir in the Mountains. He enlisted in the Lebanese Forces militia as the war broke out to defend his town from Palestinian insurgents. As the war was wrapping up, he received the opportunity to study at Binghamton University, where he studied computer science. He then received a job in Saudi Arabia and moved there with his family.
- Today, both Jacques and Jeanine live in upstate New York with their kids and own a Lebanese restaurant.

Duration

63:07 minutes

Language

English

Digital Publisher

Binghamton University

Digital Format

Audio

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Keywords

Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Binghamton University, Ghazir, Family Business, Family, Lebanese Civil War, 2006 Hizballah/Israeli war

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This collection includes interviews of Middle Eastern immigrants who settled in the Binghamton area. Since the rise of nationalism and the repression of minorities during the last phase of the Ottoman Empire, the ethnic groups in the Middle East have faced physical pressure and violence, cultural assimilation, and ethnic… More

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“Interview with Jeanine and Jacques Saif,” Digital Collections, accessed February 27, 2024, https://omeka.binghamton.edu/omeka/items/show/1869.