HOME MAGAZINE LEBANON

AN INTERVIEW WITH HABIB CHAMOUN-NICOLAS, PH.D.

In an interview with HOME, he shared insights from his rich experience.

Tell us about your Lebanese heritage.

I lived in Mexico in my childhood. My grandparents from my mother’s side, as well as my father, came from Lebanon to Mexico looking for opportunities in America. I don’t believe everyone knew exactly where they were landing. Some were arriving in the United States and others in Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America.

I remember when being Lebanese was not so nicely accepted. But after many successful Lebanese made their way into different areas of society, everyone wanted to have a Lebanese friend, including the Mexican President Adolfo Lopez Mateos, who said, “If you don’t have a Lebanese friend,

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