I'm from Purrrsia
We cannot control how people want to call us
May 12, 2004
Dear Mr. Bahmani,
Regarding your hilarious article on “Persian
vs. Iranian” and
emotional response from Ms. Sohrabi, ["Playing
footsie with facts"]I came up with some points
that you left out in your article.
First you forgot to mention the Persian cat. Consequently you
left out a whole lot of things t Persians have in common with
this particular Persian cat’s picture: a mean face,
symbolizing our tendency to be terrorists, a big tail that implies
how sneaky we are and shaggy hair that can interpret how luxurious
we like to live. If it is a true picture, this cat is us.
aren’t we cute? No, look again! Look at those big bright
eyes, those chubby cheeks. See how innocent his eyes are. Now that “mean
face” can even be translated to an impression of a big disappointment.
It seems that she was supposed to be petted but her treat was stolen
instead. Look at those chunky legs and that fluffy tail. I love
her. I don’t care what people want to name her. I love her.
I don’t care if people even cannot locate her home in a simple
You also left out another point. Some of us really like to name
ourselves Iranian but because our audiences are still developing
their skills in geography. We have to come up with a familiar
name to fulfill their very expensive sense of curiosity. (I am
about Iraqi cats yet.)
Oh yeah! Last year in our neighborhood, a crew of young people
dragged an Afghan restaurant owner out of his business and set
him on fire. Later he died in the hospital with no media coverage.
His fatal fault was to proudly mention his nationality on his business
name, Afghan Restaurant.
So what do you expect? A humble businessman seeking to make an
honorable living should carry a flag and stand against the whole
crew? Come on! Get real! Even our royal family with their royal
power and money don’t dare to do so in the middle of Maryland.
language? What about it? It doesn’t matter what Westerners
want to name it, Farsi or Persian? It is on the top
of the language tree far out of reach of monkeys!
We cannot control how people want to call us. We have
to just live with it or leave it alone. It happens all the time
that some new words come into a language and some get forgotten.
But a language
some patterns and is different from other languages. You’ve
probably heard about Spanglish (Spanish-English)
spoken on the border of US and Mexico or even deeper into the U.S.
But can we say people who speak Sapnglish are not American or Spanish?
By the way Spanish people are not really Spanish they are Mexicans.
If we say English we refer to the language of people of England
whom their land is named Great Britain.
Americans speak English because their main
ancestors were from England but they are really different from
English people. Believe me! What they name us does not
make us any different.
I am a Persian. My land is mentioned in one of the oldest
books, the Old Testament. I am an Iranian whose land was originated
who were coincidentally same with Persians. I talk Parsi or Farsi
the language of people of Part or Fars who were the main tribe
in the core of the Persian Empire. Part,
Fars, Parsi, Farsi, Persian, Iranian and Aryans all point to
one thing: a land that is the home of a mountain peak named Damavand.
Now let's talk about who named Damavand.
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