“Study me as much as you like, you will never know me, for I differ a hundred ways from what you see me to be. Put yourself behind my eyes, and see me as I see myself, for I have chosen to dwell in a place you cannot see.” -Rumi.
Aladdin is not a cute representation of arabs or the middle east. it is an example of orientalism. so why do middle-eastern girls constantly associate themselves with jasmine, and middle-eastern boys with aladdin?