Here They Are: Beta Israel
- Adrienne Lawson
- Israel, Area studies, Middle East, History
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- African Judaism, Beta Israel, Ethiopian Jews, Israel, near east, Israel studies, Middle Eastern history, Near Eastern history
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- To say that Americans have pre-conceived notions and over-arching generalizations about other nations in this world is a phrase put lightly and is in no way a secret. From a very young age we are bombarded by mass media communications telling us what to buy, what to wear and what makes us American versus what makes us human beings. As children we’re shown romanticized and compartmentalized narratives of the world around us that shape our lives and our growth on this planet. As adults we have the opportunity to learn and to see beyond stereotypes, stigmas, race, and media slant yet few Americans choose to do so especially when it comes to Africa and its countries. With this essay project I will be examining an amazing and passionate population from Ethiopia in the hopes that readers, American and otherwise, learn truthfully about Africa’s people, culture and connectedness with the rest of the world. By reading this essay people will learn more about African diaspora, Ethiopian Judaism as well as the state of Israeli society and its effects on this minority group called Beta Israel.
- This was submitted along with a GIS Powerpoint presentation during Thesis Seminar Week as my undergraduate thesis.
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