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However, the cultural changes that affect the cultural identity of representatives of Arab-American community are not so strong as the recent events that have occurred in the US. To put it more precisely, within the last seven years, the position of Arab-Ameircans in the US, the attitude of American people to this community and the self-perception of Arab-Americans have changed under the impact of September 11 and the following foreign policy of the US, which was extremely aggressive in relation to Arab countries and countries of the Middle East, such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran.
It should be said that this events have enforced consistently the process which Yvonne Y. Haddad et al (1998) defined as the process of Americanization of Arab-American community. In fact, the changes in the cultural life of Arab-American community show the extent to which American environment influences Arab-American community. At the same time, it is necessary to underline the fact that Arab-Americans are inevitably affected by their social environment, especially younger generations because they have to live in a multicultural environment. As a result, in the process of education and communication Arab-Americans come into contact with different cultures and naturally influenced by them. This is why younger generations of Arab Americans, i.e. second and further generations of Arab-Americans are consistently more affected by American influences than the first generation of Arab-Americans or immigrants that have just arrived to the US (Orfalea 2006).
In such a situation, September 11 and the following War on Terror, which resulted in military operations of the US against Iraq and Afghanistan, produced a profound impact on the formation of Arab-American identity. (more…)