Tanya Zabaneh - My Olive RootsArabs living in diaspora around the world are forced to reconcile their memories of once vibrant homelands with today’s reality of political instability, economic failure and conflict. Today, our homelands are often only symbolic places to which identity is tied by memories passed down through stories, art and cuisine.

 

Born and raised in Toronto, I questioned my cultural identity and clashed with my parents about upholding the traditional values of Palestine, a land that seemed so remote. I now realize this experience is common to many children of immigrants around the world.

 

When I had my own children, I recognized that they have an even more complex reality. They are globalized citizens, part of a third culture generation of kids who don’t know where they belong and are unable to answer the question, “where are you from?” Born in Beirut, raised in the United Arab Emirates, attending an international school, spending summers in Canada, they have adopted fragments of many cultures, and are even more disconnected from their roots than I was.

 

The idea for My Olive Roots began with my own attempts to forge a bond with Palestine, but was truly born out of my determination that my children, and others like them, would feel the strength, depth, and beauty of their roots.

 

My Olive Roots is a special portal that connects the Arab diaspora and third culture individuals to their homelands and to each other through stories, art, food and culture. It’s a space to be inspired and learn, honoring the past so that it can flourish today and tomorrow.

  — Tanya Zabaneh

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Tanya Zabaneh - My Olive Roots Arabs living in diaspora around the world are forced to reconcile their memories of once vibrant homelands with today’s reality of political instability, economic failure and conflict. Today, our homelands are often only symbolic places to which identity is tied by memories passed down through stories, art and cuisine.

 

Born and raised in Toronto, I questioned my cultural identity and clashed with my parents about upholding the traditional values of Palestine, a land that seemed so remote. I now realize this experience is common to many children of immigrants around the world.

 

When I had my own children, I recognized that they have an even more complex reality. They are globalized citizens, part of a third culture generation of kids who don’t know where they belong and are unable to answer the question, “where are you from?” Born in Beirut, raised in the United Arab Emirates, attending an international school, spending summers in Canada, they have adopted fragments of many cultures, and are even more disconnected from their roots than I was.

 

The idea for My Olive Roots began with my own attempts to forge a bond with Palestine, but was truly born out of my determination that my children, and others like them, would feel the strength, depth, and beauty of their roots.

 

My Olive Roots is a special portal that connects the Arab diaspora and third culture individuals to their homelands and to each other through stories, art, food and culture. It’s a space to be inspired and learn, honoring the past so that it can flourish today and tomorrow.

  — Tanya Zabaneh

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