‘The head scarf, modern Turkey, and me’ by Elif Batuman

 
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28 February 2016 08:47
 

“. . . walking through the city with a head scarf was a completely different experience.  People were so much nicer.

“I found that, much like America, Turkey was polarizing into two camps that were increasingly unable to communicate with each other.”

“And yet, when I thought about leaving the scarf on for the rest of my stay, something about it felt dishonest, almost shameful, as if I were duping people into being kind to me.”

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/02/08/cover-story-personal-history-elif-batuman