Lena Aburaad is a Palestinian and works as an Arabic instructor at CSU. She graduated from CSU with a B.A. in Speech and Hearing and a Master in Education. She was born in Amman and grew up in the UAE. She has 2 girls and 2 boys. She came with her family to Cleveland in 1992 as a result of the First Gulf War. They chose Cleveland because her husband's brother was living in the city. Her father began a new newspaper called al-Bayan in Dubai. The challenges that Lena faced when she arrived in Cleveland were raising her kids and missing her family back home (such as celebrations and holidays). She enjoys living in Cleveland especially since it is a quiet and good place to raise kids. Her connections to the Arab community are through Arab centers, such as AACCESS. They thinks that the story of the Arabs in Cleveland is overall as story of success. She encourages her children to keep up with the Arabic language and Arab traditions.


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Aburaad, Lena (interviewee)


Tayyara, Abedel (interviewer)


Arab Community in Cleveland



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Oral History


32 minutes

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