The War on Terror of 2001 and the Suez Crisis of 1956 made some Arabs in the U.S. and Britain go home. This was relatively easy for those brought up in the Middle East, but what about those who were not? What happens when Westerners of Middle Eastern descent decide to 'go home' to the East? Emigrating Home, a factional memoir, may provide some insights into this. Yasseen, born in Jamaica and educated mostly in Britain, leaves England on his first visit to Egypt eighteen months after Suez. There, his Egyptian father and stepfamily welcome him, but he knows little Arabic and little about Egypt. This combined with his Egyptian looks, leads to misunderstandings. The story opens in Cairo with his reflecting on how he got into this strange situation, while he practises Egyptian body language in a mirror and fends off a telephone flirt. He returns in memory to Southampton whence he began his voyage to Egypt on a P&O liner. As the ship journeys towards Port Said, he recalls his early life in Jamaica and his school and university days in Britain. He helped to organise a university demo against Anthony Eden's action in Suez, though he was once an admirer of Eden.In Cairo his family advises him on how to behave. His father tells him he must try to be 'less of a George and more of an Egyptian.' To this he replies: 'If you'd wanted less of a George, you should have brought me up as more of an Aly.'Yasseen doesn't find things easy, but he feels accepted and stays.