According to the United States Census Bureau, the term Middle Eastern American applies to anyone of West Asian or North African origin.
What makes someone Arab?
An Arab can be defined as a member of a Semitic people, inhabiting much of the Middle East and North Africa. The ties that bind Arabs are ethnic, linguistic, cultural, historical, nationalist, geographical, political, often also relating to religion and to cultural identity.
What is the culture like in the Middle East?
A common thread that runs through many lives is the importance of family and the values that derive from having a strong extended family: respect, honor, and loyalty. The Middle East is the birthplace of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all monotheistic religions that grew from the same tradition.