Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) launched its first essay contest for high school students of Iranian descent in Spring 2006, seeking essays from hyphenated Iranian youth that addressed the notion of dual identity. In the spring of 2008, IAAB unveiled the prompts for its second annual Essay Contest, expanding the questions and requirements to give voice to high school students of all backgrounds and descent. The contestants were given a choice of three prompts, which they were asked to respond to in the form of a one-to-four page personal essay.
When asked where you are from, what do you say? Is your response always the same? Please explain.
Do you think it is important for members of the diaspora to remain connected to their countries of origin? Have you found a need to explore your heritage?
Do relations between the United States and Iran ever affect the way you represent your Iranian side? Please explain.
The ten essays that appear in this volume (pdf) were chosen by a distinguished panel of judges from the diaspora community. The competitiveness of the 2008 contest resulted in an exact tie for third place, and IAAB has recognized both third place winners in this collection.
On behalf of the staff at Iranian Alliances Across Borders, congratulations to all of the young writers whose work is featured in this collection. We would also like to thank the writers whose work was not featured this year, but which will hopefully appear in a future edition. Keep on writing!
-Mina Tehrani, Editor
IAAB's Mission Statement:
The mission of Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) is to strengthen the Iranian Diaspora community and empower its youth. In particular, Iranian Alliances Across Borders strives to:
Raise awareness of the Iranian culture and community;
Promote leadership in the Iranian Diaspora community, with a specific focus on the younger generation; and
Connect Iranians across a variety of borders
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