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Sultan Alharbi

About this Interview

Interviewed by his niece and AAST 3151/HIST 3672 student, Reem Alharbi, at the Journalism and Screen Studies Studio on the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn on February 17th, 2022, Sultan Alhabri is a Yemeni American, who traveled to the United Arab Emirates and from there to Yemen in 2018. In this interview, he describes the challenges he faced, the encounters he had, and the life changes he experienced as a result of his prolonged visits. He focuses more on Yemen and the life in the village. He describes some cultural shocks he experienced, as well as how his perspective changed due to the unfortunate economic conditions of Yemen compared to the luxuries in Dubai.

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For Futher Reading

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