By Nadine Naber
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Empire, and changing immigrant and racial politics in the Bay Area, in California, and in the United States. S. S. nation but with real or fictive places outside the boundaries of the United States, and against which the United States is at war. S. neocolonialism and imperialism. Here, empire inscribes itself on the diasporic subject within the domestic (national) borders of empire. 6 I gathered the accounts I narrate in this chapter by spending time among community-based networks, listening to people’s stories, and scouring through community-based publications.
There were many times when interlocutors lost sight of my position as researcher. Such familiarity was a great honor; they saw that I was someone interested in the textures of their lives. In turn, the intimacy they showed required careful consideration and negotiation, about what I would publish and what would remain “between us” (Simpson 2007). The principles of reciprocity and feedback shaped my research. This entailed not only reporting back with the research findings after the research was complete but also sharing research and obtaining feedback on the findings, analyses, and theories along the way (Smith 1999, 118-22).
Britain and France were no longer in a position to maintain control of the Arab region, and the United States deemed it necessary to step in and assume the mantle of the former colonial powers as the guarantor of stability (Lockman 2010, 117). Yet the United States was not yet a global superpower and the idea that the United States was at war with Arabs had not yet become a common sentiment among Arab Americans. S. empire in the Arab world. Monther, a Palestinian man and the founder of the Arab Cultural Center and the first local Arab TV station in San Francisco, told me, We were not seen as terrorists or whatever people think about Arabs today.