This lyrical memoir revisits still-important questions about immigration, race, and cultural assimilation.
Aseyesh, a journalist at the Miami Herald, emigrated from Iran to the United States as a young girl; now married and a parent, she finds herself mourning the loss of her old self and angry at Americans' anti-Iranian racism.
I know that open-minded friendliness towards tourists is certainly very common in many tourist regions throughout South East Asia or in Turkey or South Italy, but the experience that I made in Iran has topped everything else.
The Iranian people seemed to really like the fact that a western woman is traveling through their country.
Unknown people started to talk to me on the street and immediately welcomed me to their country.
The move was temporary, a half-hearted stab at emigration; nonetheless, I was enrolled in school.The people do not only want to get to know you as a person, but always want to tell you the history of their cities and villages – not wanting to receive anything back in return like money or buying stuff. One of the guys me and Clemens have met in Tehran, for example, even took over the relatively high costs of the admission to the famous Golestan Palace in Irans capital. But despite all the positive responses, I have always been vigilant as a woman in Iran, about what my presence as a halfway emancipated woman in this country (what ever that means nowadays…) could cause.Sponsored Products are advertisements for products sold by merchants on As a girl and young woman, Asayesh longed to be considered cultivated and Western as opposed to the Eastern stereotype of backward and primitive.Now, in her thirties and a mother of two, she has maintained an Iranian culture within an American home.I have kept that old photograph hidden since the day I threw away my last headscarf, and now it’s the bewildered face and parted lips, not the scarf, that capture my interest.No matter how hard I try, I can’t reconcile this child with the frazzled American writer in my recent pictures.Although slow-moving and seemingly plotless at times, this is for the most part a wonderful and timely tale. ARachel Mattson, "Library Journal" Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.Maybe that is why they let me feel their joy about it at every opportunity and in all possible situation.To say it straight, I would have never expected this response.