Payman Jahanbin Camel Jockey Go Home

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Camel Jockey Go Home is a chuckle a minute memoir is by an Iranian expat who, armed with a degree in Street Theatre from London, lands in Salt Lake City just in time for the Iranian Hostage Crisis. This is the true story of Payman Jahanbin, who finds himself teaching American English (as in grammar) to American kids, in The Salt Lake City School District immediately following the 444 days of the Iranian Hostage Crisis. It is a gut-funny, colorful, first person narrative of a Persian blue blood beginning in his early 20 s, navigating a new life and career in The Mormon Zion, Utah. Sharp-tongued political commentary juxtaposes the petty politics of the Mormon community and the corrupt old Muslim thugs that "took over my country". The reader experiences the Iranian revolution and the Iran Iraq war and subsequent purges as it unfolds from the perspective of an American Iranian as well as its victims. A giddiness seeps through the narrative from the knowledge that his cynical assault on everything sacred would, in his former country, earn the Author a stoning at best. Camel Jockey Go Home reflects our Americanism back at us like a blinding light. It contains some of the most amazing stories of our time, told by people displaced and uprooted from every corner of the world. Payman does more than just teach them English. He helps them heal and become their own storytellers.

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The chapter construction reveals both the author s theatre training as well as his maturity as a writer. Camel Jockey Go Home belongs in the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction genre. The author discovers that an unusually large group of rich Iranian kids, not much younger than himself, have been sent to Salt Lake to attend the public high schools. This leads to his being hired as their teacher just as the Iranian Revolution begins heating up, followed by the Hostage Crises a year later. As if the sole, captive member of the audience for a 10-year long Vaudeville act, the author watches from his classroom in Utah as his fellow countrymen come and go; first, as free people, then as pawns in the Iran-Iraq war and finally, as escaped prisoners seeking political asylum along with their torturers. Throughout the same period, the author as teacher is virtually the first point of contact for the unending waves of incoming refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia, Bosnia, Russia, Sudan and Somalia, all the while using humor to the petty and sometimes cruel irony in the collision between cultures that infuse his daily existence. Do you remember Dr. Smiley, the late South High school principal? In three years he never, once stepped into my classroom. I could have been running a Madrassa for the Taliban. Jahanbin does not indulge in his own victim-hood as a light brown man with an accent. Instead, the author delights in the special assignments given him to pursue his American benefactor s own inter school district political agenda. Despite being personally persecuted in more ways than any fiction could concoct, the author shrugs off his own persecution in a way that reveals an utterly foreign perspective of justice that for me personally, enriched my appreciation of what it means to be an American. This is the book every American high schooler should read for its accessibility and its examination of xenophobia through the author s and his characters own xenophobia. The author s culture and maturity as a writer and produces with Camel Jockey Go Home, an exotic but also distinctly American memoir as exciting and devourable, --Cliff Lyon

Nothing in this era of globalization says problematic of multiculturalism like the imperative go home. I cannot recall another Iranian or Iranian-American writer who weaves fun, fear, achievement, anger, assimilation and community together so well and with such keen insight into the multiple levels of the human condition, as does Jahanbin in Camel Jockey Go Home.

Ironically, the aesthetic grace of Camel Jockey Go Home does not betray it s more serious achievement as a timely record of embodiment ; the role of others in the United States. Indeed, psychologists, social psychologist and race-relation sociologists will take something rare and important from this melodramatic tale of the contemporary Iranian-American experience.

The humiliation of the immigrant experience in America has many flavors for which there is no rehearsal. For Jahanbin, Iranian individualism and chivalry are subordinated and ultimately reborn in the metaphor America, the Land of Immigrants. Informed by his experience, Jahanbin becomes an irrefutably hard working teacher devoted, not only to the education of those whose sole nourishment is the optimism of America s promise, but also their healing and preparation for the very long journey ahead.

The little brown boy as Jahanbin s enigmatic inner child, emerges as a mixed racial epithet of structural ethnicity that wins a permanent dialogue from within between rationality and irrationality, fear and decision.

Jahanbin, in Persian language, means the one who has the Crystal Ball, an experienced Hakim, a wise man who knows what the rest of us take for granted. It is unsurprising that he unveils what we as readers need to grasp in this honest, insightful work of reality and sociological imagination.

- Dr. Hasan Shahpari, PhD Professor Sociology, Villanova University --- Dr. Hasan Shahpari, PhD Professor Sociology, Villanova University

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