- Arab Mexican
Infobox Ethnic group
Puebla, Baja California, Guadalajara, Coahuila, Mexico City
Mexican Spanish, Arabic
Christianity, Islam, Judaism
An Arab Mexican is a Mexican citizen that is Arab. Arab immigration to Mexico started as early as the 19th and 20th centuries. [ [http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/gi_0199-536840/Marin-Guzman-Roberto-and-Zidane.html Marin-Guzman, Roberto and Zidane Zeraoui. Arab Immigration in Mexico in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Assimilation and Arab Heritage.(Book Review) Industry & Business Article - Research, News, Information, Contacts, Divisions, Subsidiaries, Business Associations ] ] They came mostly from
Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and Iraqand are present in significant numbers in Puebla.
Immigration of Arabs in Mexico has influenced Mexican culture, in particular food. Where they have introduced
Kibbeh, Tabboulehand even created recipes such as Arab taquitos. The fusion between Arab and Latin food, has highly influenced the Yucatecancuisine. [ [http://www.discoverymexico.com/Culture/Arab-Influence-in-Yucatecan-Cuisine/ Discovery Mexico: Travel Guide and Booking - Discovery Mexico ] ]
Another concentration of Arab-Mexicans is in
Baja Californiafacing the US-Mexican border, esp. in cities of Mexicali in the Imperial Valley US/Mexico, and Tijuana across from San Diego with a large Arab Americancommunity (about 280,000), some of those families have relatives in Mexico.
Regardless of whether their surnames are Arabic or Spanish, Arab Mexicans are sometimes considered
Spanish Mexicans, since many Spaniards have Arab blood, as long as their religion is Christianity.
In religion, the majority of Arab-Mexicans are Christians whom belong to the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and
Eastern Rite Catholic Churches, but the rest are Muslimsand a scant number are Jews of Middle Eastern origins.
Notable Arab Mexicans
*Carlos Slim Helú, businessman
Salma Hayek, actress born to a Mexican mother and Mexican father of Lebanese descent
*Mauricio Féres Yázbek (Garcés), actor
José Murat Casab, politician and a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Partyalso former Governor of Oaxaca
Mohammed Yussuf, footballer
Victor Nacif, Vice President of Design Business Aspects for Nissan Design America
Jeff Becerra, Heavy metal musician
Immigration to Mexico
* Arab Mexican Chamber of Industry and Commerce http://www.camic.org/
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