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In this portion of the interview, Helen Samhan, Executive Director of the Arab American Institute Foundation, gives a very brief demographic and historical sketch of the Arab American community in the United States. She explains that Arabs came to the United States in two waves, the first in the late 19th century from the region that today comprises Syria and Lebanon, and the second wave, after the 1960s, which was considerably more diverse. They came from all over the Arab world. The largest Arab communities in the United States currently reside in California, Michigan and New York, though there are also numerically significant communities in several other states.