From Persia To Tehr Angeles: A Contemporary Guide To Understanding And Appreciating Ancient Persian Culture by Kamran ShararehFrom Persia To Tehr Angeles: A Contemporary Guide To Understanding And Appreciating Ancient Persian Culture by Kamran Sharareh

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byKamran Sharareh

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More than 1.5 million Persians have left Iran for the United States alone. Of course, an estimated 700,000 to 800,000 have relocated in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, causing this population to be dubbed “Tehr Angeles.” And this term has stuck, even when they live in other parts of the United States.

For those who have made the journey from Persia to Tehr Angeles, much has gotten lost in translation. The younger generation may have little or no idea of the cultural wealth that was left behind—including traditions and customs, religion and the arts, and of course food. The challenges of adapting to a new life in the United States or other part of the world often modernized away the rich heritage that is still, internally, a living reality for their parents, creating a painful and unnecessary culture gap.

But it is not simply a matter of returning to the old ways. The young people in Tehr Angeles—modern culture—tend to look into their relationships much more deeply than people from Persia have been brought up to do (no arranged marriages for them!), and they feel the need to close this gap as much as possible.

These Tehr Angeles young adults sometimes have non-Persian partners and friends. When the partners marry into a relocated Persian family, they typically know nothing about the ways, customs, language, even foods of their new spouses and in-laws—creating a cultural and generational barrier that does not need to exist, and excluding them from the full-hearted acceptance that their in-laws would much rather be able to give.

Lastly, for those who are neither of Persian-descent families nor marrying into them is the loss of potential friendships and cultural richness due to the prevailing stereotype of Iranians as terrorists. This misunderstanding has generated an unwitting and unnecessary suffering and loss of potential, keeping non-Persians from knowing this population as humans and friends. Their warmth, accomplishments, cultural gifts, and desire to be of service are traits we all could benefit from receiving. In short, many of these relationships suffer from challenges based on not knowing about the roots of Persian culture and traditions. But they don’t have to suffer!

From Persia to Tehr Angelesis a guide both for Persians who may not know their roots and for non-Persians who are in a relationship with someone of Persian descent. Through the easy-to-follow education in this book, readers can realize the roots of some of their relationship issues and discover how to resolve them.

About The Author

In addition to being a transplanted Iranian himself—with a BA in business and marketing, a BS in business education, and an MA in business administration, all obtained in the United States—Kamran Sharareh has been teaching Persian cooking as “Chef KShar” for the past five years—two and a half of them online (www.kshar.net).Realizing th...

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Title:From Persia To Tehr Angeles: A Contemporary Guide To Understanding And Appreciating Ancient Persian…Format:PaperbackDimensions:186 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.43 inPublished:January 1, 2014Publisher:Morgan James PublishingLanguage:English

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I come from a country with ancient roots and woven carpets. A country where you could walk through the bazar and smell attar of roses. Where you could knock on the door of almost any anyone’s home and walk inside without prior notice, and be welcomed with cups of tea fresh from the samovar, sweets, and smiles.In the country I come from, the New Year takes place in mid-March. And for over a month beforehand and a few weeks afterwards, it was celebrated with rituals such as: housecleaning (literal and symbolic); special cooking; burning dried weed to make a fire after sunset, and jumping over the fire (with young children in arms) to ensure good health in the coming year (“Take my yellowness, and give me your redness,” the saying translates to—Zardi-man-az-to, sarkhi-to-az-man); giving away money; visiting one’s extended family, starting with the elders; on the 13th day after the new year, picnicking outdoors to avert misfortune; and many more customs based on secular and religious premises.In the country I come from, marriages were arranged, and the process of choosing a bride was elaborate. By the time the wedding reception took place (which could be up to a year after the wedding ceremony, during which interval the husband and wife still would not have cohabited), all sorts of specific arrangements had been done and traditions enacted in order for the bride and groom to begin living their lives together. And it was a given that they were not only marrying each other: they were marrying the extended family as well—a whole community.

Table of Contents

Dear Reader

Introduction

Chapter 1: From Persia to Tehr Angeles: Three Generations in the New World
Coming to the U.S. to Learn from the New World, Then Take It Back Home
The Old Country Isn’t What It Used to Be, Once You’ve Tasted Freedom
Three Generations in America
What Migration Asked of the Emigres
The Older Generation of Iranians Who Emigrated to America
A Look at the World That Was Left Behind

Chapter 2: Persian Traditions, Ceremonies, and Non-Religious Ceremonies
A Word on Tradition
The Burial Ceremony
The Public Bath House
Tea Houses
Strength Clubs (Zor-Khaneh)
Non-Religious Ceremonies (Seasonal/Elemental; Rosewater; Tea)
Bringing It All Together

Chapter 3: Adjusting to the New World: The Other Generations
The Children’s Generation—Being “Iranian-American”
My Generation—The “Sandwich Generation”
The Need for Societal Understanding
The Benefits of Being Exposed to a New Culture
The Bigger Picture
The Good News for Americans (and Their Families) Who Marry Iranian-Americans

Chapter 4: From Kamran Sharareh to Chef KShar: Turning the Near-Loss of Our Tradition into a Nourishing, Culture-Restoring Mission
The Generational Gap and the Cultural Gap

Chapter 5: Persian Food
The Importance of Food in Persian Culture
And to Leave You with a Good Taste…

Chapter 6: The Traditional Persian Wedding
The Traditional Persian Wedding Process
Updating This for Modern Times

Chapter 7: Persian New Year
About Persian New Year
Ceremonies Leading Up to the New Year
Translating This to Our Own Time and Space

Chapter 8: Persian Arts
The Visual Arts
Music
Persian Literature
Persian Landmarks

Chapter 9: Religion
Basic Rituals of Islam
Commentary for Our Times

Windows to Happiness
Give Thanks
Be Respectful
Use Your Life-Energy Well
Let Your Problems Go
Happiness 101
It’s Up to You

A Postscript to the Reader

About the Author

Glossary

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