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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Where Grape Leaves Grow

Welcome to the Crowdsourcing Mornings segment!  Every weekday morning, Geek Alabama talks about and features one crowdsourcing project from crowdsourcing sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and others.  The hope with Crowdsourcing Mornings is to feature and help a project be successful and reach its fundraising goal.  Please enjoy today’s featured project!

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If I told the story of my life exactly, some might say that it’s a story about loss. Loss of loved ones. Loss of culture. Loss of tradition. This book is not a story of loss, but a balm to heal the wound left by it.

In the second decade of my life, I lost my tayta, then my mom, and finally, my baba. Their memories were my window into Lebanon, their homeland and mine. Losing them meant losing a deep connection to our ancestry and culture. For years after their deaths, I lived behind a dark curtain, in the shadow of shame and ignorance, yearning for the opportunity I had wasted to know them. What I wanted to know more than anything was this: Who were they? Who am I?

At the same time I decided to find the answers to those two questions, I began writing this book. Where Grape Leaves Grow is the answer I thought I would never have. In this book is the story of my mom, tayta and baba’s lives, as well as a retrospective of nearly two millennia of Lebanese Maronite history—the history of my ancestors.

With the support of CUE grants funding, I was able to partner with designers Michelle Kuan and Emi Takahashi, who helped make Where Grape Leaves Grow what it is today: A highly intimate and expressive artist’s book, inspired by warak enab, Lebanese stuffed grape leaves. Both designers share the second-generation immigrant experience, and understand the challenge of reconnecting to one’s culture, distant as it may feel from the diaspora.

As of August 3rd, this project has raised $8,700 of their $9,338 goal. This project has 2 days left to raise the $9,338 or it will not be funded. For a pledge of $12, you will get one PDF book.  For a pledge of $28, you will get one book.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

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