Maia Wolins Humanities and Social Science
Bringing the War Back Home: Narratives of Iraqi Refugees and US Veterans of the 2003 War
The 2003 war in Iraq displaced 4.2 million Iraqis, deployed over 170 thousand American troops, and changed the lives of many. Its repercussions are seen among the 40 thousand Iraqi refugees in the US, most of whom left behind successful lives as doctors, journalists, and artists. The wars aftermath is also evident among American veterans, who returned home to a community that had a shallow connection with the intense experience the troops had just lived in Iraq. For my senior honors thesis, I will examine the local effects of the 2003 Iraq war by documenting narratives of the professional class of Iraqi refugees that resettled in northern California, alongside those of recently returned US veterans who are now attending a competitive university, also in northern California.