Between Two Worlds

Every fall I teach Anthropology, primarily from a position of Cultural Anthropology, designed to help Bible college students interact more positively with people from other cultures. Having lived overseas for nearly two decades, I have a pretty good idea of what makes up Latin American culture.

My kids were all born in South America. Until 1994, when our family moved back to the U.S., the U.S. was their parents’ homeland, and was a place that they just visited every three or four years. They are adults now, and have reconciled themselves to life in these United States. They are third culture kids, somewhere caught in the middle.

As a teacher of Anthropology, I always have my antennas up for a possible secondary text. I’m using a great one this semester, but that may be the subject of another post. Last week, however, I came across a new book in our library, that told an incredible story of a daughter getting in touch with her father’s homeland. I would recommend it.

Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran, by Roxana Saberi, is an autobiographical account of Ms. Saberi’s experience as a journalist and writer living and working in her father’s homeland, Iran. Ms. Saberi, a journalist, moved to Iran in 2003 to get in touch with her father’s roots, learn Farsi, and work for Western news agencies. The Iranian government under Ahmadinejad stripped Saberi’s press credentials. Since she had fallen in love with the people of Iran, she decided to remain in the country, to interview a broad spectrum of people, to write a book that would be published in the west

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