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What is the ethnicity of an ARAB?

beirut08beirut08 Registered User Posts: 155 Junior Member
edited April 2008 in College Admissions
I hesitate between "Asian, including Indian Subcontinent" and "Other".
And furthermore, I don't necessarily believe I am Arab. My parents are 100% Lebanese and it is a firm belief that the people of Lebanon are not to be grouped with Arabs because of many differences in culture.

So. I know that that part is optional, but I am very proud of my "ethnicity", whatever it may be and wish to include it on the common app.

Possibly essay topic haha?
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Replies to: What is the ethnicity of an ARAB?

  • Ducky DodgerDucky Dodger Registered User Posts: 206 Junior Member
    Some Lebanese (predominantly Maronite Christians, but also some Muslims) also reject the label Arab in favor of a more narrowly defined Phoenician-Aramaean-based Lebanese identity.

    Don't really know the answer perhaps this will be of use.
  • OptimizationOptimization . Posts: 1,085 Senior Member
    I had a similar problem. I was told, as an Afghan, to put Caucasian. Doesn't the common application have an area where you can specify the country?

    Don't stress it. It sounds like you don't really want to put Asian (inc. Indian subcontinent) for cultural reasons. Put OTHER and specify Lebanon.
  • PKswmr76PKswmr76 Registered User Posts: 1,669 Senior Member
    well if your country is part of asia, don't you put asian?
  • TooRichForAidTooRichForAid Registered User Posts: 1,019 Senior Member
    I heard Lebanese and Persian are not considered Arabs from my English class(for grammar review) teacher. He is teaching a lot of rich Arabs at the local college.
  • hotpiece101hotpiece101 Registered User Posts: 4,042 Senior Member
    is the middle east apart of asia?

    i was always unsure of what continent it belonged to...
  • notredamebrothernotredamebrother Registered User Posts: 591 Member
    Part is in Asia and part of it is in Africa.
  • PKswmr76PKswmr76 Registered User Posts: 1,669 Senior Member
  • coureurcoureur Registered User Posts: 11,386 Senior Member
    Every Lebanese I've known, no matter whether they were Christian or Muslim, claimed to be an Arab.


    "Lebanon -- Arab 95%, Armenian 4%, other 1%"
  • hotpiece101hotpiece101 Registered User Posts: 4,042 Senior Member
    are you sure, PKswmr? look at this link:

    wikipedia wrote:
    The Middle East is a historical and political region of Africa-Eurasia with no clear definition.
  • RedduneReddune Registered User Posts: 1,490 Senior Member
    LOL! What is this, the battle of the wikipedia links? Don't you guys know that many articles are not reliable (I'm waiting for someone to post up a wikipedia link that tells me how wrong I am)
  • PKswmr76PKswmr76 Registered User Posts: 1,669 Senior Member
    the country in question - Lebanon, is in Asia

    the middle east in general is both in Africa and Asia because it includes countries like Egypt.
  • spideygirlspideygirl Registered User Posts: 3,352 Senior Member
    The race is Caucasian. Lebanese is not Asian (even if on a map it is in Asia). I don't have a map in front of me but that was in another post. ^^
  • PKswmr76PKswmr76 Registered User Posts: 1,669 Senior Member
    what? how is it caucasian? so if the country is in asia, the people of that country are not asians? looolllllllllllllllllllllllll
  • beirut08beirut08 Registered User Posts: 155 Junior Member
    The reason why I hesitate to put Asian is because it suggests nothing about Middle Eastern people! It's too broad, and like most people, suggests "Oriental". Now the new addition of "including Indian Subcontinent" actually makes it more confusing because it includes Indians and Pakistanis and Bangladeshis along with the Orientals...but Lebanon and other Arab countries are NOT Indian Subcontinent.

    And certainly NOT Caucasian.
    And I disagree with me being Arab.
    There's a huge debate between Lebanese themselves about who's Arab and who's not. I don't know where the line falls, but my parents always told me, you're Lebanese, not Arab. BIG cultural differences. I'm not Armenian, I'm Beiruti (from the capital), and Beirutis trace generations and generations back to...well, Beirut. Not Turkey, not Armenia, not Syria, not Palestine.

    I'm not Asian. I'm not Caucasian. What is LEBANESE?!
  • PKswmr76PKswmr76 Registered User Posts: 1,669 Senior Member
    well on the common app, there's a place where you can put the country of your origin


    just put Lebanon or other or don't even put your race w/e
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