How Armenians Are Viewed in Lebanon

Revisiting Artin in Beirut: How Armenians are viewed in Lebanon
By Arda Arsenian-Ekmekji

Taking a taxi from Haigazian University to my house in Qoraytem, Ras Beirut, the taxi driver suspiciously asked me "You are not Armenian? When I answered positively, he replied, "How come? You speak Arabic well and you are not heading towards Bourj Hammoud”, referring to that northern suburb of Beirut highly populated with Armenians. I believe the third unvoiced question which remained lurking in his mind was "You don't wear a distinct basterma fragrance.

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