Watan is a weekly Arab American newspaper dedicated to providing its constituency with up-to-date news breaking information. Watan was established in 1992 in Washington DC and has since expanded with three additional locations in San Francisco, Los Angeles, California and New York.
Our mission is to provide customers with the most current, valuable, reliable and informative news on political, economical, social, cultural, and educational issues, which concern the Arab American community and their relations with the US society at-large. Our top-priority is ensuring that ethical business practices are followed through all of our business activities.
Watan seeks to achieve its goals through maintaining a positive relationship with the community, promoting business through advertisements and coordinating efforts with Arab and Muslim American organizations to promote the achievements of the community as well as empower them through active involvement in the political, media, social and educational sectors.
Who enjoys Watan
Watan caters to the 1st and 2nd generations of Arab Americans (20 years and older). Nearly 300,000 Arab Americans live in Los Angeles and Orange County alone and they enjoy a plethora of tastes and preferences. The 2nd generations of Arab Americans are constantly on the go. Their interests range from what’s going on in the business arena to what the latest fashion trends are to the latest news on international affairs. The older generation has a keen sense of civic responsibility and are constantly keeping themselves updated with what community events are taking place.
They also keep up with the most current business trends. Both generations maintain a constant connection with their family and friends in the Middle East through the Internet and telephone.
Who are Arab Americans
Arab Americans are prominent in business, the arts, education, medicine, journalism and government. On average, they are younger, more educated and more affluent than most Americans. Education is a top-priority with the Arab community.
In fact, many Arabs from the Middle East immigrate here to enhance their education and assimilate into the American dream.
Most Arab Americans are of Lebanese or Syrian origin, but the population of Egyptian, Palestinian and Iraqi Americans has been growing steadily.
82 percent of Arab Americans have high school diplomas.
36 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
15 percent have graduate degrees.
66.4 percent are employed.
77 percent work in the private sector.
12.4 percent are government employees.
10.9 percent live below the poverty level.
The 1990 median income was $39,580.
(Information obtained from the Arab American Institute www.aaiusa.org)
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