The Iranian Times

Wednesday, October 14, 1998 / Mehr 22, 1377, No. 583

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr




    Beyond culture and race
    Feeling strength of numbers, though isolated from diversity

    By Mahtab Kanani

    had been young after all, when we had come to the United States, and adjusting was easier for me, I'm sure, than it has been for many. But it took time to no longer feel that I had something to hide, and to finally feel proud of who I was, and actually enjoy the fact that I was not like everyone else. I must have been shy, reserved, for I had kept all of my confusion and shame inside. My parents, who have always been supportive, would have been eager to help, had they been aware of a problem, though I'm sure for them, the adjustment was more difficult and they must have been preoccupied and burdened.

    Today, ironically, I teach English at a high school for at-risk students. Despite their troubles, and what may be construed by society as their academic and social failures, my students are quick to stand up for who they are, quick to defend themselves against any attack, whether blatant or subtle. They have, at such a young age, a sense of confidence that I have only acquired in recent years. Some of their confidence and assurance stems from sources that are not so positive, however. They are confident of their ethnic identity often because they live in a community which consists mainly of their own, and they feel the strength and security of numbers, though they are isolated in a way, and sheltered from diversity. They are in gangs with members only of their own ethnicity, and from this they gain a sense of family and identity and confidence... GO TO FEATURE

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    10. "Does cigar smoke bother you?"
    9. "How many lies per minute can you type?"
    8. "You wouldn't ask a lot of questions if the president had to hide a girl in your podium, would you?"
    7. "How long can you stare at Sam Donaldson without giggling at his hairpiece?"
    6. "Are you willing to work for Al Gore in a few months?"
    5. "Please state, in 100 words or more, absolutely nothing"
    4. "Would you talk on the phone with the president while he's 'otherwise engaged'?"
    3. "Do you give your word that you will do your best - just kidding, like someone's words mean anything around here"
    2. "Would you mind having sex with Hillary once in a while?"
    1. "Is your wife cute?"


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* A forgotten human right

A.T. writes: For some reason, your photos from hybrid Iranians [at Iranian-American street festivals in Washington and New York] reminded me of my great sorrow when I will finally have to leave the U.S. for Iran: I WILL NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO WEAR SHORTS IN PUBLIC.

What a pity! Don't you think so?

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