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Hyphenated Identities: Second-Generation Iranian-Americans Speak

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Published: 2007
Page #: xiv + 108
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-56859-162-4, ISBN 13: 978-1-56859-162-9
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For nearly thirty years, with the immigration of a relatively large number of Iranians, especially to the United States, the question of the identity of these new immigrants and the dilemma of Iranian-Americanness regarding both the first generation and, in particular, the second generation, many of whom were born in the United States, has become increasingly important not only to scholars but also to these immigrants and their children. Hyphenated Identities: Second-Generation Iranian-Americans Speak is comprised of first-person narratives encompassing the reflections, ideas, and self-expressions of a number of young second-generation Iranian-Americans, each of whom, from his or her own perspective, explores questions pertaining to identity and in particular hyphenated identity both in the individual and collective sense of the term. Readers should find these individual responses to the question of identity fascinating as well as unique, novel, and enlightening. Readers will also find that to these young Iranian-Americans, in contrast to the first generation for the most part, as the editor writes, "the hyphen is not conflicted, but harmonious. It is not hesitant, but proud. The hyphen no longer feels like an arm extended, keeping distance between the names, between the identities. Instead, it feels like a bridge, like two arms extended and holding hands, welcoming both identities to mesh into one unique entity."

The volume embraces hyphenates of all types, blends of cultures, religions and races, all with stories of their own, with individualized ideas, ideals and identities.

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Tara Wilcox-Ghanoonparvar

Tara Wilcox-Ghanoonparvar, a journalist, editor, poet, and freelance writer, graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Journalism. She has written extensively for various publications, including "austinwoman" magazine, for which she also served as Editorial Assistant. Tara is a strong believer in volunteerism and has lent her services to the Sierra Club, Habitat for Humanity, and the 2-1-1 Call Center for Hurricane Katrina evacuees, among others. Currently, she is working as Executive Assistant for Business and Public Affairs for The Museum of Television & Radio in New York City. Among the books she has copy edited are the autobiography of the well-known female Iranian human rights lawyer, Mehrangiz Kar, and a translation of Ahmad Kasravi’s "History of the Iranian Constitutional Revolution."

Foreword
M. R. Ghanoonparvar

Introduction
Tara Wilcox-Ghanoonparvar

Reconstructing a New Identity
Nima Tasooji

And Iran, Iran’s so far away
Neema Vedadi

Iranian-American Identity
Raffan Anvari

Reflections on My Ever-Changing Identity
Mona Hosseiny

The Hyphen Struggle
Farid John Jaffarzad

Am I a Hybrid?
Cristina Killingsworth

The Complexity of Hyphenated Identity
Rod Mahmoudizad

I am Me
Shahrzad Kahkeshani

Living Hybridity: Mutant Progeny, Borderland Identity, and a New Consciousness
Amir Esmaeili

Iranian-American Identities: Peeling Away the Layers
Ali Bagheri

Stereotyped
Monica Faridi

Iranian Identity: Fact versus American Fiction
Lee Bagan

Iranian Identity: Thoughts on Iranian-Americans
Steve Rountree

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