The Kite Runner

Chapter 15-20

When Farid said,"You've always been a tourist here, you just didn't know it", what does he mean? What is Farid's impression of emigrant Afghans who returns to visit Afghanistan?

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Afghanistan almost unrecognizable to Amir since he was absent and in America. Farid’s comments are pointed to Amir. He (Amir) had been living a life of privilege while the rest of Afghanistan struggled to survive amidst war and ruin. Farid points out the painful fact that Amir had, “Always been a tourist in his own country.” Farid feels that Afghans who have left and come back do not understand their own country.