13 Things Only Half Arabs Will Understand


So let’s get one thing straight: I’m fine with being mixed-race. What I’m not fine with is how people approach me because of it. I’ve been stopped on the street, in elevators, and even yelled at on a felucca because people have so desperately wanted to know “what I was.” One man actually shouted, “Enta menen? Where are you from begad?! No, where are you really from—where are your parents from?” at me in a taxi because he needed to know the specifics of my racial identity that badly.

So today, I’ve decided to round up a list all my “half-Arab” brothers and sisters understand so y’all can stop asking us khara and leave us alone.



Fusion food was a thing in your house before it was cool


Longsilog for breakfast at Mom's (@pinoyegypt). ??

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You’re really bored of explaining how your parents met


parents met



But you’re so proud and amazed of your parents at the same time


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When you have to pick between two cuisines





Your Arab side of the family will always refer to you as a “khawaga”





You always try to know who are the celebrities who share the same identity complex as you


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When someone says “But you don’t look like them [whatever race you are]!”





You speak, think and swear in different languages





Celebrating twice the cultural holidays each year and receiving twice the presents


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Hanging out with one side of your family and feeling like this


one side family



You absolutely hate it when you bump into this question online


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When you get stopped at a lagna (checkpoint) in the middle of the night and you show them your foreign passport





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