Where the Paved Road Ends: One Woman's Extraordinary Experiences in Yemen

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Potomac Books, Inc., Jul 31, 2011 - History - 256 pages
In 2004, Carolyn Han left her comfortable life and position as a lecturer in English at Hawaii Community College and went to live in one of the most remote and mysterious places in the Middle East—Yemen, known in the West primarily for providing a haven for terrorists affiliated with al Qaeda. The previous year, she had sold her gold jewelry to travel with Bedouin by camel from Marib to Shabwa, and the life-changing experience opened the path for her to become the first American English instructor in Yemen’s wild tribal area, Marib.

Guided by fateful encounters and unfazed by warnings of danger, Han allowed her life to unfold as it might, with a sense of acceptance informed by the idea that whatever happens is meant to happen. Learning and understanding would follow. In this book,Han paints a vivid portrait of Yemeni customs, including their enjoyment of the stimulant qat and their proclivity for carrying AK-47s wherever they go, and she conveys what it was like to be a woman alone surrounded by a culture not her own. As the old saying goes, Han, the ostensible teacher, became the student, and through these pages she allows readers a rare glimpse into a Bedouin culture that most will never encounter.
 

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Contents

ACROSS THE DESERT
15
BACK TO YEMEN
41
LIFE IN MARIB
57
LEARNING AND LISTENING
93
NEW FRIENDS AND OLD TRADITIONS
147
THE END OF THE JOURNEY
227
Acknowledgments
281
About the Author
283
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Carolyn Han is the author of several books, including From the Land of Sheba: Yemen Folk Tales (Interlink Publishing, 2005) and three collections of Chinese folktales published in the 1990s by the University of Hawaii Press. She received a BA in English from the University of Hawaii at Hilo and an MA in comparative literature from San Diego State University. She lives in Cairo.

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