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In America, the role of family has changed over the years.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Of course, once I read his book, I became an even bigger fan. Dumas’ honesty and entertaining writing style, and was, quite honestly, wishing the book hadn’t ended. Ij all reviews. Why did you use humor to write your memoir?

Show me a dumae house with a top-of-the-line gourmet kitchen, and I’ll show you a family that eats out a lot. What do you think of beauty pageants? Even though America is the land of immigrants, immigrants do not necessarily feel welcome. How did this chapter make you feel?

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What does this all-too-common phenomenon suggest about the intersection of patriotism and xenophobia? By studying geography from first grade, Iranian students learn that the world matters. Why did Nematollah feel compelled to try every American food item? Do you agree with what Firoozeh did with the china? Any immigrant walks a line between their past in their native country and the new country.


It’s sad the the terror acts of a few in the Muslim community have stained the image of patriotic and law abiding American Iranians. Amazon Second Chance Firoozen it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The ability to laugh instead of rage is a delightful trait of comedians and Firoozeh Dumas has the humility, the wit, the eye and the vocabulary to paint comedy from life challenges. It’s like adding a few new spices to the kitchen pantry.

I have had a lot of complaints from relatives who are not in the book. The librarian had learned to accept herself as she was. Reading for Today 4: She originally intended her collection of essays as a gift to her children—to show them that our commonalities far outweigh our differences—and she wrote the book almost entirely in the hours before they woke for school.

I found two chapters hilariously funny – the one about her Uncle who came to visit and soon found that his clothes didn’t fit any longer due to American meal sizing and the one about her Father who likes to “fix” things whether you want him to or not. Abadan no longer exists as I know it, because it was heavily bombed during the Iran-Iraq war. Have you ever attended a wedding of people from different religions? Of Mosquitoes and Men 1. When you see fnny events in the news about another country, what assumptions, if any, do you make about the people of that country?

Farxi different would we be if we accepted ourselves as we are? We are experiencing technical difficulties. I often get phone calls with detailed descriptions of a dream, followed by “So naturally, I had to call to make sure you were okay and there wasn’t a reason why I dreamed of you trapped in a canoe with a blue turtle.

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Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America

And I helped them put the copies of Funny in Farsi back in the boxes. Inwhen she was seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her family moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving with no firsthand knowledge of this country beyond her father’s glowing memories of his graduate school years here.

Using nails that were too long, my father pierced the door, creating towel hooks on one side, medieval blinding devices on the other Why did Nematollah believe the ads on TV?

And they are crazy about my extended firooozeh. How would this book be different if Firoozeh had only known America after the Iranian Revolution?

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Jan 13, Pages Buy. But even as a seven-year-old, I was surprised that so many Americans has never noticed us on the map. Once I got there, I found out that they had allotted five minutes for my speech and that instead of funn thousand kids, five hundred showed up.

Were you surprised by the events? Family plays a huge role in the Iranian culture. A Dozen Key Chains 1.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Do you know an immigrant who changed his name to an American name? It just came out that way. Pages to import images to Wikidata.