publication . Article . 2016

Performing Transnational Arab American Womanhood: Rosemary Hakim, US Orientalism, and Cold War Diplomacy

Koegeler-Abdi, Martina;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2016
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
The first Miss Lebanon-America, Rosemary Hakim, landed at Beirut Airport in July 1955 to start a public diplomacy tour. As an American beauty queen from Detroit visiting Lebanon, her parents' homeland, she was greeted enthusiastically by the local press and closely monitored by US government representatives. After her return to the States, she documented her experiences abroad in an unpublished memoir, entitled "Arabian Antipodes." However, this 1955 account does not just chronicle her travels. Hakim performs here her own approach to Arab American womanhood. In this essay Koegeler-Abdi contextualizes her narrative performance within the histories of American ori...
free text keywords: Transnational, American Studies, Arab American, Lebanese American, Orientalism, Auto-Orientalism, Imagined Womanhood, Cultural Diplomacy, Ethnic Beauty Pageants, Beirut, Detroit, Miss Lebanon-America
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