وزارد او دا وستساد
VIZITOR TO THE VESTSIDE
an
American blog of Iranian dissent

Pehdar SAG

I was recently reading a blurb in a magazine about a famous ethnic actor, now deceased, in which the thespian mentions that he found the courage to hit the stage and explore his cultural identity only after his father passed away.

Why? Because his dad was an intimidating figure in his life. Even when Little Ricardo (no pun intended) moved out on his own in the world, it still felt like he was living under his dominating father's shadow.

And no, I'm not referring to this muchacho.

As the seminal generation of Iranian-Americans come into their own as twenty- and thirtysomethings, its interesting to see how our voices will be freed as we trot along as diaspora kids.

Prof. Azar Nafisi makes mention of that in this clip of an interview she did a few days ago with WNYC, New York City's public radio station, as she embarks on a book tour this month promoting Things I've Been Silent About (Random House).

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