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Saturday 20 December  

Global Perspective - Who says we can't be gay, Muslim, and successful?

On air: 25 April 2011 16:50 (Photo: Andrea Wenzel)

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Elkader, Iowa (population 1,500) is a town with an unusual namesake - American settlers named it after the Algerian jihadist and anti-colonialism fighter Abd al-Qader in 1846.

This story charts the efforts of an openly gay Algerian man and his partner as they create an Algerian-American restaurant on Main Street - and wrestle with cultural adaptation, American identity, and small town politics.

This week's Global Perspective contribution is produced and presented by Andrea Wenzel for WAMU - American University Radio in Washington, DC.

  • Schera’s Algerian American Restaurant in Elkader, Iowa<br>&copy; Photo: Andrea Wenzel -
  • Schera’s is located on town’s Main Street<br>&copy; Photo: Andrea Wenzel -
  • Shrine to the town’s namesake Emir Abd al-Qader<br>&copy; Photo: Andrea Wenzel -
  • Mascara, Algeria is the birthplace of Abd al-Qader and Elkader’s Sister City<br>&copy; Photo: Andrea Wenzel -
  • Frederique and Brian at the bar<br>&copy; Photo: Andrea Wenzel -
  • Frederique prepares most of the Algerian appetizers, like burek<br>&copy; Photo: Andrea Wenzel -
  • Brian serves the fish with a tomato pesto quinoa<br>&copy; Photo: Andrea Wenzel -


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