The Iranian Times

Thursday July 1 1999 / Tir 10, 1378, No. 760

Sehaty Foreign Exchange



After all, I am Iranian
Do not let us forget who we are

By Shima Jalalipour
July 1, 1999
The Iranian

To be an Iranian teenager in America is undoubtedly difficult. There are so many temptations and pressures. We must preserve our culture, but adjust ourselves to our surroundings. We are expected to achieve great feats, while remaining simple and down-to-earth. To our parents we a reflection of them. We strive to belong; we want to be acepted by our friends, and hope our parents would accept them ...

Today's Iranian teenagers do not deny their culture, they just want to belong. Parents need to enrich their children's lives, but they also need to trust them. We are not growing up under the same circumstances as you did. Let us go out with friends and try new things. Let us wear our designer clothes and blast our music. But please, please do not let us forget who we are, and the great country we come from ... GO TO FEATURE


    Not to be missed!
    Herb Bodman reviews "Divorce Iranian Style"

Middle East Women's Studies Review
Winter 1999

Married off by her parents at the age of fourteen, Ziba appears with her husband before Judge Dalzar of the Tehran Family Court to seek a divorce after five years of marriage. That is not easily done, since the court will endeavor to reconcile the couple, declaring that divorce is hateful to God.

This is but one of several cases in this extraordinary and authentic documentary filmed with the permission of the Iranian Ministries of Justice and Guidance. The camera passes from one party in a dispute to the other, to the judge and to witnesses, even in two cases to the children present to hear their parents exchanging insults, while recording the intense emotions of the women arguing for their limited rights with tenacity, as well as the disdain and anger of the men ... FULL TEXT


Telecom Eireann

By Frank Fitzgibbon
Sunday Times London
June 20, 1999

Telecom Eireann will change its name to Eircom at a cost of E 8.3m (IRPounds 6.6m) as soon as possible. A spokesman for the company claims that U.S. investors might confuse the existing name with the Iranian phone company. We accept that Telecom Eireann may sound like Telecom Iran but believe that many investors, even American ones, can actually spell.

Thanks to Laleh Khalili

More Letters

* Sincerest apologies

Sholom Din writes: A recent letter that I had sent to The Iranian Times in which I had wrongly made derogatory remarks about Iranians elicited quite a few furious responses both sent to me personally and posted to The Iranian Times letters section.

I feel deeply sorry that I had caused distress for so many individuals whom, from what I can tell -- from the letters I received -- did not deserve those remarks.

My comments about Iranians in general were definitely uncalled for. I beg of all whom I may have offended to please accept my sincerest apologies.

* Bayzaie deserves better

Pedraam Parsian writes: It was so great to have an article about Bahram Bayzaie in The Iranian ["The drifter"]. Iranian modern art owes a lot to this writer, stage theater director and filmmaker.

However I don't have the same feeling about the article. The article seems to be more about the writer's emotional responses to Bayzaie's movies and his geographic locations while watching the movies than about Bayzaie.

One of the characteristics of Bayzaie's films is the lack of exaggerated emotional expressions and sentimentalism even when he is dealing with subjects such as love and death. It is very reasonable to consider the same fundamentals when writing about Bayzaie ... FULL TEXT

* Music: Iranian festival in "Microsoft City"

The 7th annual Iranian Festival will be held at Marymoor park in Redmond, WA, on Sunday Aug. 8th, from 11AM -7 PM. (For out of towners: Redmond=Microsoft city) ... DETAILS HERE

Book of the Week

The Legend of the Persian Carpet

By Tomie De Paola

    Children who've been told of the diamond's legendary hardness may question the ease with which this one is shattered. A king, accustomed to dwelling in a light-filled room where a large diamond creates a million rainbows, is bereft when it's stolen and smashed, and thereafter takes his only pleasure in staring at the fragments, away from the subjects who need him. An apprentice weaver comes up with the idea of making a magnificent carpet that will lure the king back to his duties. It works. But, unfortunately, neither the words nor the art here convincingly suggests the lure of the diamond's prismatic play or the carpet's intricate patterns. Readers will have to take these on faith. Still, Ewart's illustrations are prettily evocative of old Persia, and perhaps the tale will pique interest in this ancient art form ... GO TO BOOK

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Updated Jun 30

The dollar now offered at 854-894 tomans in the U.S. and 904 tomans in Iran

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Catholic school

It was a bit strange being the only Iranian girl in a Catholic school ... I did all the expected things; I wore a uniform, studied Catholicism, and went to church every Friday. As odd as it may seem, this made my cultural identity become even stronger.

-- Shima Jalalipour
"After all. I am Iranian"
The Iranian
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