Places | Migrations

Manhattan’s Vanished Little Syria, and the Work of Preserving My Family’s History

Raji Lian, my great-grandfather, came over from Syria in 1899.

New York Times

Times Nancy Lian.

Abdullah Lian, 1890s


Rose Lian, 1950s

Rose and Raji Lian, 1920s

Strangers in the WestThe Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900, Strangers in the West

St. George’s Chapel, 2016

Author’s mother and grandfather in her grandparents’ kitchen, 1971