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Sehaty Foreign Exchange

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June 7-June 11, 1999 / Khordad 17-21, 1378


* Jews:
- Genetic link
- Looks/sounds Iranian? It's Iranian

* Anyway:
- Mexican actress


* Agassi:
- Let's not get patriotic over him
- Agassi's dad

- Nothing but disdain
- ONLY a good tennis player

- Leave him alone
- Andre beats Cyrus
- No man can understand
The Iranian:
- Best of all things

* Jews:
- Enemy within

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June 4, 1999

* Genetic link

As a person involved in medical research, I have something to mention which may be helpful in the big arguement over the article "I must be a Jew".

According to a gentical study done by scientists at Harvard University (published in Human Immunology, September 15, 1997, Volume 57, pages 62 -67), it is very possible that non-Jewish Iranians and all Jews have a common ancestral origin. Does this help?

Arman Sepehri

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* Looks/sounds Iranian? It's Iranian

About a year or so ago, Agassi's now estranged wife, Brook Shields was asked by Jay Leno on the Tonight Show about Agassi's origin. She said he considers himself Armenian ["Andre the great"].

As for why he does not connect with Iran and Iranians? The answer may be in his father's story of coming to America and the disdain which he may have brought with him. Besides, given the anti-Iranianism of the late to mid-eighties, very little would have been gained by this person as a public moneymaker to be wrapping himself in a flag which was not very much appreciated. Remember the Iron Sheikh, the punching bag in professional wrestling and myriad of other subtle and not so subtle anti-Iranian sentiment?

Here is something else: I do not recall Pete Sampras ever making much of his Greek heritage. Why do people root for him? For the same reason that when the credits roll at the end of the movie, I look for Iranian sounding or looking names. Call it a perverse way of vicariously experiencing assimilation.

Guive Mirfendereski

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* Mexican actress

Who is Iran Castillo [Anyway section, June 10]? She is a Mexican singer and soap opera actress. She was born in Veracruz and you can see her on Univision in a telenovela called "preciosa".

There is another Mexican actress with the first name Iran. She is Iran Eory and who was born in Tehran.

Yes Spanish helps, even if it is helping with little things of not much importance!

Thank god you have the Anyway section.

Malihe Evans

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June 3, 1999

* Enemy within

When you talk about Iranian people and their hatefulness and lack of compassion towards other nationalities, races and religions, you should take a moment and try to remember who you are ["I must be a Jew"]. The people of Iran consist of us. You and I and others like us and if it so happens that some uneducated and ill-informed individual, makes certain ignorant remark about certain creed or belief, it must not be interpreted as a widespread preconceived notion, which Iranians have been passing on through generations...

I would only like to inform you that you are very much mistaken when you say "Jews are being perceived by Iranians as evil, cunning and greedy creatures" and being "trashed" by them. What is being detested and scorned by our people is not the nation of Israel, it is the state of Israel that was brought to power and established by the West (Britain) to be "a strong fortress of civilization and to defend it from all those savages and barbarians who were surrounding it, at any cost." ... FULL TEXT

Sara O.

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* Let's not get patriotic over him

Am I the only one who doesn't understand all the Iranian hype surrounding Agassi? ["Andre the great"] His father was an Iranian but that's as far as it goes. As far as I know he's never mentioned it himself and doesn't take particular pride in being born of an Iranian parent. Has he ever been to Iran? Does he speak the language? Does he have any knowledge of the country's past and present? Does he even care?

Although I always find myself rooting for him each time I see him play, I don't see why we should claim him as one of our own. He is a great tennis player and has an eccentric personality. But let's not get all patriotic over him. I am curious whether he has ever been interviewed about all this, or does he answer questions about these issues. Maybe an Iranian should actually interview him so that we can see what this guy is really all about.

Payman Adjamian

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June 9, 1999

* Agassi's dad

Agassi's hatred of Iran and Iranians is a documented fact ["Andre the great"].

With that in mind, I wonder what is the great one giving his [Iranian] dad on Fathers Day?

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* Nothing but disdain

I look forward, on a daily basis, to reading and viewing The Iranian. As one who is utterly proud of his Persian heritage, one who adamantly believes that we (the Persians) have been the crown jewels of human civilization for three millennia; I was insulted upon viewing your frivolous piece about Andre Agassi. ["Andre the great"]

By attempting to implicitly glorify this individual as somewhat of an Iranian athletic success, while knowing that he has had nothing but disdain for his half-assed Iranian link, is tantamount to injustice against all of our true champions, past and present. I urge you, as a fellow compatriot, to introspect further prior to dissemination of an article.

Farshad Zarrabian

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June 8, 1999

* ONLY a good tennis player

My intention in this letter is to merely ask, why would The Iranian feature an article about anyone with an Iranian background who condemns, critisizes and puts down Iranians, Iranian culture, the nation of Iran itself, and has even gone as far to say that one of the things he most regrets in life is being half Iranian?! Could someone please explain that to me? ["Andre the great"]

What the hell do Iranians need Andre Agassi for? Agassi is an incredible tennis player; end of story. If people want to read about his game and achievements, then they can read Tennis magazine. However, I read The Iranian to learn more about Iran and Iranian culture. I do not read this magazine to learn more about an Iranian who has no appreciation of what it means to be Iranian.

Although Agassi might be one of the best tennis players of all time, he is a poor role model for Iranian-Americans out there. If you want to write about great Iranians in the global community, then I suggest you NOT turn to one who spurns and belittles Iranian culture. There are just too many good, decent, hardworking Iranians out there for that.


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* Leave him alone

Andre Aghasi does not like to be an Iranian ["Andre the great"]. He openly discussed this matter a couple of times. This is his personal life and his own business. To be more definite, he was born from a non-Iranian mother in the U.S. and has never been in Iran in his whole life.

If someone is not interested enough to be an Iranian, leave him alone. We have plenty of people in our past and present with remarkable role in the history and today's life to be proud of. However, photographs by Mr. Javid were great (artistically and technically speaking).

Hopefully we read more about IRANIANs in the IRANIAN.

Pedraam Parsian

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* Andre beats Cyrus

The title "The Great" used to be so expesive in's neighborhood . Even someone like Cyrus couldn't buy it. See the article "Cyrus the (not so) Great" published in The Iranian a couple of years ago where the writer believed Cyrus is not that great because of this and that reason.

Andre Agassi is being called "The Great" because he won the French Open ["Andre the great"]. Probably if he had caught a cold the day before and lost he would not have been that great.

How much of an Iranian Andre Agassi is is another debate.

(I hope people in The Iranian have the dignity to publish this critical opinion.)

Arman Sepehri

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June 7, 1999

* No man can understand

I read today's cover story, "The woman we wanted to be" with interest. Laleh Khalili is a thoughtful, thought-provoking writer whose imagery is lovely and easily grasped. As a regular reader of your magazine, who just happens to be a zan-e aamrikaie married to one of your countrymen, what I can say is that the angst expressed by Ms. Khalili's essay is more the angst of Woman -- not just the Iranian woman.

Her longings are the longings of women in general -- just the names are changed. Only a woman can understand the tides that rush in and cover the shore and then draw the sand back out into deep ocean as they go diving back to sea; these are the desires of Woman. No man can understand what it is to be a woman and sacrifice self to the extent that a woman does (particularly if she is a mother). No man can understand -- completely -- the war of desires within a woman ... FULL TEXT

Nancy Elami

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* Best of all things

Like many other Americans, I've had a lengthy love affair with Persian art & culture, Persian history , and... if it's Persian, I'm reading about it. I also had Persian friends I treasured for years, and your ezine is something of the best of all these things. Thanks for doing it, it's appreciated.

Bear Rowell

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