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Learning to love the 'Persian Palaces' of Beverly Hills

- The way Pourandokht Banayan tells it, she and her husband built the very first "Persian Palace" in Beverly Hills. The boxy yellow house bears the telltale mark of the now-outlawed style: four of those two-story columns out front. It was erected on this plot of land at the top of Coldwater Canyon in the late 1980s, before the rush of other Iranians building or renovating similar homes in the notoriously wealthy enclave -Curbed - 12/2/16

PAAIA Launches the Ansari Fellowship Program For Young Iranian-Americans

- Iranian-Americans are some of the most successful entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, engineers and scientists in the United States. Yet, for various reasons, many are still not involved in politics or public service more broadly. We are aiming to change that by providing funding for unpaid summer internships, as well as access to a network of public policy experts and mentorship opportunities. - 11/30/16

Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) Launches #RejectHate Campaign

- IAAB's Campus Action Network (I-CAN) launches IAAB's #RejectHate Campaign to ensure the right to a safe education in an inclusive environment for all students. Multiple IAAB students and alumni reported experiencing harassment and bullying at school and in public spaces in the past week. - 11/19/16

Interview: Iranian American Physician Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh

- Dr. Arshya Vahabzadeh M.D. is an Iranian American physician with a distinguished career in medicine and behavioral health. Dr. Vahabzadeh is a faculty member at the Harvard School of Medicine, he is the Director of Digital Health at neurotechnology company, Brain Power, where he also serves as site director for the San Francisco Bay Area, and he is also the former Chairman of the Council on Communications of the American Psychiatric Association. - 11/17/16

Pars Generation+ holds Arts & Culture Mixer in San Francisco

- Pars Generation+ hosted a lively Art & Culture Mixer on Election Night 2016 at the Cambria Gallery in San Francisco. As young professionals and community leaders networked, they viewed the "Iran Unveiled" Photography Exhibit, as well as works by renowned Persian artist Elham Ashrafi and street artist Keyvan Shovir (a.k.a "CK1"). Persian cuisine by Apple, Inc.'s own Chef Naz Afarin Mahini and Komaaj Catering was served, while Election 2016 results were viewed on a monitor. - 11/12/16

Cyrus Habib Soon to Become the First Iranian American Lieutenant Governor of Washington State

- Seattle, WA - State Senator Cyrus Habib (D-WA) claimed the state Lieutenant Governor's office in Washington State. Habib made history by becoming the first American of Iranian heritage to win a statewide election. - 11/9/16

Pars Equality Center's New Pars Generation+ Program Hosts Election Day ART & CULTURE MIXER at the Cambria Gallery in San Francisco

- On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, Pars Equality Center (PEC)--the leading non-profit organization providing social, legal and community services to the Iranian-American community--presents an event by Pars Generation+, the new program for supporting and connecting the next generation (ages 21-40) of Iranian Americans. - 11/8/16

iBRIDGE Barcelona: A Global Meetup with High Tech Entrepreneurs of Iranian Descent

- iBRIDGE Barcelona, a three-day event to be held December 8-10, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. It will be the global meetup with high-tech entrepreneurs of Iranian descent who come from across the world to share experiences, challenges, and success stories with colleagues, potential investors, and corporate partners. - 11/7/16

From Serving in the White House to Storytelling in VR and NPR, Meet D.C.'s Most Influential Iranian-American Women

- From the Oval Office to the most powerful American boardrooms, Iranian-American women are among the most hardworking of this country's changemakers. On November 13th, The Iranian American Women Foundation (IAWF) will feature many of these women... -Davar Ardalan, Huffington Post - 11/7/16

President Obama endorses Cyrus Habib for Lieutenant Governor of Washington State

- "Cyrus's intelligence, track record, and proven commitment to Washington State set him apart. I am pleased to endorse and support his campaign for Lieutenant Governor." - President Obama - 11/5/16

Iranian-American Community Leaders Come Out Strong for Rep. Mike Honda #CA17

- Bay Area Iranian-Americans and Asian Americans gathered Tuesday night to show their support for Democratic Congressman Mike Honda. While some were upset by the questionable circumstances that led to the recent endorsement of Honda's opponent Ro Khanna by the Bay Area Iranian-American Democratic Club (BAIAD,) most wanted to celebrate someone they considered a friend to their communities. -Daily Kos - 11/5/16

Iranian-Americans on the Ballot this Novemeber

- With the November 8th election fast approaching, PAAIA wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the campaigns of several Iranian Americans who will be on the ballot on Election Day. As an organization that represents the community before U.S. policymakers and the American public at large, PAAIA encourages the active participation of Iranian Americans in the American civic process and public service. - 11/4/16

Iranian-American Vows to Hunger Strike Until Death If Authorities Uphold 18-Year Prison Sentence

- Iranian-American dual citizen Reza (Robin) Shahini, who was handed an 18-year prison sentence in Iran in October 2016, has vowed to go on hunger strike until his death if the sentence is not reversed on appeal. "This is a tyrannical sentence," an informed source close to the case told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. "If the sentence is not thrown out, he will go on a hunger strike until his death because he won't be able to tolerate such a heavy sentence..." - 10/31/16

Iranian-American Tackles Big Brother with Performance Art

- Advocacy, coupled with an interrogation of her cultural heritage, is at the soul of Persian-American artist Amy Khoshbin's video and performance art. She's currently in residence at Mana Contemporary, as part of Mana BSMT, the museum's collaborative hub supporting emerging artists, where her performative installation The Myth of Layla is on view through November 12. -Creators Project - 10/31/16

One Veteran's War on Islamophobia

- I'm not an immigrant, but my grandparents are. More than 50 years ago, they arrived in New York City from Iran. I grew up mainly in central New Jersey, an American kid playing little league for the Raritan Red Sox and soccer for the Raritan Rovers. In 1985, I travelled with my family to our ancestral land. I was only eight, but old enough to understand that the Iranians had lost their liberty and freedom. -Nate Terani, LobeLog - 10/31/16

Campaign sign brings up City Council candidate Fred Ameri's Iranian roots

- A campaign sign found in Newport Beach with words written in Farsi next to City Council candidate Fred Ameri's name is another "racist" attempt to instill fear and alienate voters, Ameri said. The red sign was placed on West Coast Highway and Dover Drive and reads "Vote for Fred" written in Farsi, the language spoken in Ameri's native Iran, and Ameri written in English. -Orange County Register - 10/31/16

Iranian-American Citizen Sentenced To 18 Years In Prison

- An Iranian-American dual citizen who has been jailed in Iran since July has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after being convicted of collaborating with the United States and "insulting sanctities," one of his U.S.-based relatives told RFE/RL's Radio Farda. - 10/25/16

Young Iranian politician reaches the "Young European Leaders" podium

- A young Iranian politician received the "Young European Leaders," a reward for his political commitment. Councilman in Switzerland, emeritus member of one of the largest political party of the country, Darius Azarpey (Dariush-e Azarpey in Farsi) won the prize, while just ascending to the Vice Presidency of the Iran-Switzerland Chamber of Commerce. - 10/24/16

Wife Of Iranian-Austrian Jailed In Iran Proclaims His Innocence

- The wife of an Iranian-Austrian man sentenced recently by an Iranian court to 10 years in prison on spying charges has told RFE/RL's Radio Farda that her husband is a "simple businessman" unjustly imprisoned. - 10/21/16

Interview: Shiva Farivar, Candidate for Irvine City Council

- Shiva Farivar is a longtime Irvine resident and community leader who is running for a seat on the Irvine City Council in the upcoming November elections. This election marks the second time Shive Farivar is running for public office. In 2010, she was a candidate for Irvine City Council, and ran a very competitive race. - 10/20/16

Iran Rejects U.S. Interference Over Jailed Dual Nationals

- Iran says it won't accept any U.S. "interference" after Washington demanded the release of an Iranian-American businessman and his 80-year-old father. Iranian officials announced on October 18 that Siamak and Baquer Namazi had been jailed for 10 years for "espionage and collaboration with the American government." - 10/19/16

NIAC Strongly Condemns Iran's Sentencing of Siamak and Baquer Namazi, Urges Their Release

- NIAC President Trita Parsi released the following statement after Siamak and Baquer Namazi were reportedly sentenced to ten-year terms in prison: "The sentencing of Siamak and Baquer Namazi to ten-year prison terms is a gross injustice that should deeply embarrass the Iranian government. We urge Iran to immediately release the Namazis - as well as all dual nationals unjustly detained in Iran on spurious charges - so that they can reunite with their families. - 10/19/16

Interview: Iranian Affairs Expert Sahar Nowrouzzadeh

- Sahar Nowrouzzadeh is an Iranian American with a distinguished career in foreign policy, having started her career in public service in 2005 at the United States Department of Defense as a Foreign Affairs Analyst and later becoming a Team Chief. Subsequently, she joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Affairs Officer and in 2014 began a two year rotation as the Director for Iran on the White House's National Security Council under President Obama... - 10/17/16

Meet The Designer Who Survived 40 Lashes And Is Now On A Quest To Make Fashion Free

- Swimwear designer Tala Raassi has always loved fashion. However, for a girl growing up in war-torn Iran, dressing how she liked was forbidden. During her childhood and teenage years, Iran government imposed extreme regulations on a woman's dress code. Women were to be completely covered. Tala was only able to wear the trend-driven fashion she loved so much in the privacy of her own home. -Konbini - 10/14/16

Veteran reporter Safa Haeri passes away in exile

- Muhammad Safa Haeri, professionally known only as Safa Haeri, has just passed away in exile in Paris, aged 79. He was one of the best-known members of a second generation of Iranians who developed journalism into a proper profession from the 1940s onwards. -Kayhan London - 10/13/16

In Memoriam: Renowned Iranian Scholar Ruhi Ramazani

- Rouhoullah "Ruhi" K. Ramazani, a University of Virginia professor emeritus of government and foreign affairs who dedicated his life to UVA and to promoting political understanding of Iran-U.S. relations, died Wednesday in Charlottesville. He was 88. - Anne E. Bromley, University of Virginia - 10/7/16

Iranian Americans May be up for Grabs in the Presidential Election

- Farid Khanlou owns Jordan Market in an area of Los Angeles called Persian Square. It's packed with Persian businesses, many of which fly the country's flag from before the 1979 Iranian revolution. In this heart of the Iranian-American community, the largest group of Iranians abroad, there are many who remain undecided about which presidential candidate they support. -Elizabeth Lee - 10/7/16

Meet Sean Panahi: Iranian-American Candidate for California State Assembly

- PAAIA recently interviewed Sean Panahi, an attorney and Democratic nominee for California's 68th State Assembly district. The State Assembly is the lower house in California, which makes laws and enacts the state budget. If successful, he will become the first American of Iranian descent ever elected to the California State Assembly. He would also be the second Iranian American to serve in a state legislature. - 10/3/16

Trickle-Down Birtherism: Crowd Wants Birther Answers About Iranian-American Candidate

- Cyrus Habib was born in Baltimore to Iranian immigrant parents.He graduated from Columbia University, the University of Oxford and Yale Law School and was elected to both the Washington state House of Representatives and Senate. But never mind all that. The sound of Habib's name leads some people to question whether he is a real American. "The cancer of birtherism has metastasized even to Washington state," Habib told The Huffington Post. -Paul Blumenthal, Huffington Post - 10/2/16

Dr. Arash Alaei and Dr. Kamiar Alaei: Conveying a Message of Hope through Education

- PAAIA interviewed Dr. Arash Alaei and Dr. Kamiar Alaei to discuss their imprisonment in Iran, their ambitions to provide medical education to displaced Syrian refugee students, as well as their aspirations to inspire the next generation of students to become doctors. - 9/30/16

2016 Annual Mehregan Conference at University of California, Irvine

- Join Farhang Foundation and the Jordan Center for Persian Studies at the University of California, Irvine for the 2nd Annual Mehregan Conference! Featuring: THE MANY VOICES OF MOWLANA by Professor Alan Williams of the University of Manchester; ATTAR AND HIS SOCIETY by Dr. Soheila Saremi of Saddleback College; Musical Perforamnce by the Traditional Persian Quartet - 9/29/16

In memory of Iranian American physicist Ali Javan: 1926-2016

- A respected and accomplished Iranian American physicist, Javan was a professor emeritus of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Co-inventor of the gas laser in 1960, he secured his spot among the great scientific minds of the 20th century, and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1964 for his contributions to the fields of laser spectroscopy and quantum physics. - 9/29/16

'It's wonderful to be home,' Homa Hoodfar says after landing in Montreal

- Homa Hoodfar arrived in Montreal this morning to hugs and cheers after being detained in an Iranian prison since June. "It's wonderful to be home and united with family and friends again," Hoodfar said at a news conference at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport, as she smiled and clutched the hand of her niece, Amanda Ghahremani. -CBC/Radio-Canada - 9/29/16

Iran Releases Canadian-Iranian Professor Detained on 'Security Charges'

- Iran says it has released a retired Canadian-Iranian professor, who had been detained on "security charges." A foreign ministry spokesman, quoted by the official IRNA news agency, said Homa Hoodfar was released on humanitarian grounds. - 9/26/16

Lecture by Homa Sarshar at UC Davis - Incast and Outcast: Yesterday, Today, and Everyday A Story of Personal Experience

- Homa Sarshar is a published author, award-winning journalist, writer, media personality, philanthropist, and arts advocate. She is the author of four books and the editor of eleven other volumes, including five volumes of the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation Journal and four volumes of The History of Contemporary Iranian Jews. Herlatest book Sha'ban Jafari was the number one best seller Persian book in Iran and abroad in the year 2003. - 9/19/16

Iranian Americans await payoff from nuclear deal

- One year since Congress allowed nuclear deal with Iran to go ahead, Iranian Americans say life has only become harder. -James Reinl, Al Jazeera - 9/9/16

Making History: Seema Ghiassi Kennedy, Britain's First MP of Iranian Descent

- Seema Ghiassi Kennedy has earned herself a spot in the history books: she is the British Parliament's first member of Iranian descent, elected in May 2015 as the MP for South Ribble (in Lancashire, North West England). Though she left Iran at the tender age of four, her Persian roots are still a big part of who she is. -Kayhan London - 9/6/16

Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats Endorse Ro Khanna for Congress

- Bay Area Iranian-American Democrats (BAIAD) announced today that its members have voted to endorse Ro Khanna for the 17th District Congressional seat. On August 23, 2016 BAIAD held an endorsement meeting where both Congressman Mike Honda and challenger Ro Khanna sat down with its members and engaged in substantive discussions on issues pertinent to the Iranian American community, the Democratic Party, and the country as a whole. - 9/5/16

9th Annual Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco: September 24-25, 2016

- This year, the festival presents 37 films from Iran, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, India, Czech Republic, and Spain. We are happy and proud to continue our mission to discover and support the next generation of Iranian filmmakers living and working around the world, while we honor the veteran filmmakers for their distinguished careers. - 8/29/16

Mehregan 2016 Celebration in Santana Row, San Jose

- Santana Row, in partnership with the Iranian Federated Women's Club (IFWC), will proudly celebrate the arrival of fall and the 2016 Persian Fall (Mehregan) on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Park Valencia, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the evening. There will be nationally-acclaimed Persian musicians and artistic performers free to the public. - 8/24/16

U.S. State Department warns Iranian-Americans about travel to Iran

- Foreigners, in particular dual nationals of Iran and Western countries including the United States, continue to be detained or prevented from leaving Iran. U.S. citizens traveling to Iran should very carefully weigh the risks of travel and consider postponing their travel. U.S. citizens residing in Iran should closely follow media reports, monitor local conditions, and evaluate the risks of remaining in the country. - 8/23/16

Preschool to PhDs: Iranian-American Women Discuss the Future of Education

- Join the Iranian American Women Foundation's Northern California Chapter as we hear from Iranian American women changing the field of education, from pre-K to college. Since 2010, the Iranian-American Women Foundation (IAWF) has set the stage to empower and inspire Iranian-American women of all ages and career paths through its nationally recognized annual Women's Leadership Conferences. - 8/18/16

Iran's Amir Naderi to receive Venice Film Festival honour

- Iranian director Amir Naderi (Vegas, Manhattan by Numbers) is to receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival(August 31-Sept 10), dedicated to a personality who has made an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema. -Screen Daily - 8/18/16

Prominent Iranian Human Rights Activist Mehrangiz Kar to Teach at California State University, Northridge in the Fall

- The Iranian government has made it clear that it doesn't like what Mehrangiz Kar has to say about what is happening in Iran or how Islamic law impacts women. The prominent Iranian lawyer, writer and activist doesn't care. - 8/17/16

Former Iranian World Champ Helps Coach US Weightlifters at Olympics

- Shahin Nasirinia represented Iran as a weightlifter at two Olympics, but at the Rio Summer Games he is helping coach the United States' weightlifting team. "I am happy with it. I love this sport. I love this job and I put my heart, everything into it," Nasirinia told VOA. - 8/16/16

Author Shares Persian Culture At Rockville Library

- Author Pari Forood spoke at the Rockville Public Library on July 28, about her book, The Gates of Light, which is an account of her experiences growing up with an Iranian father, as well as with her part in helping a relative escape the compulsory draft in Iran during that country's war with Iraq in the 1980s. -Courant Community - 8/14/16

This Iranian-Born Actress Is Changing the Acting World

- After graduating with honors in biology from the University of California, Irvine, Nazanin Boniadi swapped the security of a ­medical career for her dream of becoming an actor. "Luckily, nine months after I made that decision, I got my SAG card," she says. She landed her first role as a nurse on the soap opera General Hospital: The Night Shift. -Nina Terrero, TIME - 8/12/16

In L.A.'s 'Little Persia,' Iranian-Americans split on Clinton v. Trump

- In spite of the heated rhetoric about immigration and banning Muslims which has defined the campaign, in the largest Persian community in the country, the 2016 vote for president is still divided. Traditionally a left-leaning community, Republican Donald Trump has found a surprising advantage among Iranian-American voters USA TODAY spoke to here. -USA Today - 8/11/16

Interview: Young Iranian American Entrepreneur, Rostam Zafari

- Rostam Zafari is a 20-year-old Iranian American from Atlanta studying social entrepreneurship and creative writing at Emory University. He is especially interested in designing impactful solutions in the fields of healthcare and education. At 18, he helped create a rapid test strip for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) for which he was awarded the 2015 Cyrus Prize. - 8/9/16

Cyrus Habib Poised to Become the First Iranian-American Lt. Governor

- State Sen. Cyrus Habib (D-WA) has announced his victory in August 2nd's crowded primary election for Washington State Lieutenant Governor. If successful in the November general election, Habib will become the first Iranian American to be elected to the position of Lieutenant Governor, the highest officer of a state after the Governor. - 8/8/16

'She lived her life to the fullest': Iranian woman who fought red tape to remain in Canada dies of cancer

- Fatemeh Kamkar, the Iranian woman who battled both cancer and bureaucratic red tape while earning her PhD in cellular and molecular medicine at the University of Ottawa, has died. -Ottawa Citizen - 8/5/16

Olympics: Utah businessman offers cash donations to U.S., Iran wrestling winners

- Khosrow Semnani was never a wrestler, but when he discovered his favorite sport's future at the Olympics was pinned against the mat, the Utah businessman helped turn a dire situation into a victory. Semnani, an Iranian-born businessman and philanthropist, has pledged cash donations to American and Iranian wrestlers and their coaches for winning a medal. -Salt Lake Tribune - 8/4/16

Iranian-Swedish woman among winners of top European math prize

- Iranian-Swedish mathematician, Sara Zahedi, has been awarded a prominent prize by the European Mathematical Society. This is the top honor for young European mathematicians awarded once every four years, according to NPR. - 8/2/16

Arrested Iranian-American from San Diego Held Incommunicado and without Access to Lawyer

- Iranian-American Robin (Reza) Shahini, the latest victim of a string of arrests and prolonged detainments of dual nationals who have travelled to Iran, was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards' Intelligence Organization in the city of Gorgan, 255 miles east of Tehran, and has been held without access to a lawyer, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. - 7/26/16

Tehran Confirms Arrest Of Iranian-American

- Iran has confirmed the arrest of an Iranian-American who was visiting family in the country, the latest in a series of arrests of dual nationals by the Islamic republic over the past year. - 7/25/16

Meet Our Summer Interns: Karina Bakhshi-Azar

- "My name is Karina Bakhshi-Azar and I am a rising senior at Virginia Tech's honors college majoring in both political science and public relations. I'm a first generation American with an Iranian father and Norwegian mother. I intend to pursue a career in law dealing with human rights violations in the Middle East with a specialization in women and children's rights. -NIAC - 7/25/16

Another Iranian-American Detained In Iran, Family Says

- The U.S. State Department said on July 21 that it is looking into reports that another Iranian-American has been detained in Iran. Family members said Iranian authorities took Robin Shahini, 46, of San Diego, California, into custody on July 11 while he was visiting his sick mother in Iran and he has not been heard from since. - 7/22/16

Iranian American Candidate Campaigns for Minority Rights

- First-generation Iranian American, Ahsha Safai is no stranger to fighting against discriminatory policies targeting marginalized minority communities. The candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors District 11 boasts a long track record of passionately advocating for underrepresented populations - not just the Iranian American community, but families from a wide range of ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds, particularly in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. - 7/21/16

Solmaz Sharif and the poetics of a new American generation

- Step gently on words such as "home" or "citizen" or even "body" with a foot born elsewhere and they combust. Place names are even more incendiary. What happens when we read BEIRUT or TEHRAN or SAIGON while sitting at a cafe in Santa Monica? This is war's lexicon. It incorporates and redefines, especially by naming... -hn Freeman, Los Angeles Times - 7/18/16

NIAC Action Welcomes EU Decision Not to Reciprocate on American Travelers

- NIAC Action Executive Director Jamal Abdi released the following statement after the European Commission indicated it would intensify efforts to achieve visa waiver reciprocity, foregoing a potential suspension of the Visa Waiver Program in reaction to restrictions on European travelers: - 7/15/16

Maz Jobrani: Building Cultural Bridges, One Laugh at a Time

- Maz Jobrani likes to make people laugh. The Iranian-American knew early in life that he wanted to become an actor or comedian. His path to stardom was a long journey. His immigrant story is not unusual. He was born in Iran's capital Tehran, but grew up in America. -Marsha James, VOA - 7/8/16

In Support Of The Imprisoned Iranian-American Father And Son, Baquer And Siamak Namazi

- Iranian-American organizations NIAC Action and PAAIA have issued press releases in support of a resolution introduced in the U.S. Congress demanding that Iran release two imprisoned Iranian-Americans, father and son Baquer and Siamak Namazi. No charges have been filed against either Siamak, held since October 2015, or his father, held since February 2016. - 7/7/16

Persian Family Day 2016 in Toronto, Canada

- This annual event will be celebrated on 23rd of July 2016. The Fifth "Persian Family Day" will be held on Saturday July 23, 2016 at Mel Lastman Square - a renowned venue for festivals and family gatherings at the heart of Toronto. - 7/7/16

Meet Alaleh Kianerci; The Prosecutor Named Checked In The Brock Turner Stanford Rape Letter

- Alaleh Kianerci is the Santa Clara Deputy District Attorney attorney who fought to get Brock Turner prosecuted. She's been practising law since 2007 when she was admitted to the bar and, prior to that, she attended the University of California Santa Barbara and then the Santa Clara University of Law. -The Brief - 6/24/16

Momentum Builds for Iranian American Candidates

- With the New York and Washington primary elections fast approaching, Iranian American candidates Anna Kaplan and Cyrus Habib are poised to have strong showings and advancing towards their respective general elections. If successful, they will become the first Iranian Americans to be elected to the U.S. Congress and to state office. - 6/23/16

San Francisco State University announces $5 million gift to establish the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies

- San Francisco State University has received a $5 million gift from alumna and Iranian-American philanthropist Neda Nobari to establish the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies (CIDS). This endowment establishes SF State as an academic pioneer in the field of Iranian diaspora research. - 6/22/16

Muslim Comedian Negin Farsad On How To Make White People Laugh

- An Iranian-American Muslim female comedian with a master's degree in African-American studies walks into a cafe. No, this isn't the beginning of a joke; it's the beginning of a profile on Negin Farsad. -Shannon Carlin, Refinery29 - 6/22/16

Virginia Civil Rights Activist Strives to Bring Diversity to Democratic National Committee

- For Yasmine Taeb, coming to the United States from Iran exposed her to the harsh challenges of immigrant life and sparked a desire to advocate for those in similar situations. As a human rights and civil liberties activist, Taeb hopes that she can bring a unique perspective to politics by serving as a member of the Democratic National Committee. She is running for one of Virginia's five DNC seats. - 6/13/16

Iranian-Canadian Academic Detained During Visit to Iran

- Iranian-Canadian woman Homa Hoodfar, a scholar and expert on gender and development in Islam, was arrested on June 6, 2016 during a visit to Iran after being summoned to Evin Prison in Tehran. - 6/9/16

Orange County Doctor Sets Out to Combat Party Politics

- When Dr. Max Gouron moved to Texas in 1972, getting involved in politics was a distant thought. Born and raised in Tehran, Gouron moved to the United States to attend Rice University in Houston on a full scholarship and later went on to obtain his M.D. from the University of Texas Health Center. In 1999, he moved to Orange County and has been a practicing anesthesiologist for almost two decades. - 6/6/16

Bleed the Night: Award Winning Zombie Short Film by Reza Ghassemi

- Audrey is stuck in limbo with no sign of escaping the living-dead. She wakes up time and time again, alone in the trunk of a car, unsure of reality. An ode to Korean crime thrillers like Oldboy and I Saw the Devil, Bleed the Night surprises audiences with its unique narrative on rebirth and second chances. - 6/6/16

Cyrus Habib Kicks Off Campaign for Lieutenant Governor of Washington State

- On May 16, the highest-ranking Iranian American in political office and the first Iranian American to serve as a State Senator filed paperwork to run for Lieutenant Governor of Washington State. His campaign for Lieutenant Governor, the highest state office after Governor, began with a kick-off event in downtown Seattle - 6/2/16

Discriminatory 'VISA Act' Moves Forward

- Legislation targeting Iranian and other visa seekers for enhanced security measures moved forward in the House today after a contentious committee debate. The bill, which would also subject visa applicants and their American family petitioners to DNA testing, was advanced by the House Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote, setting up a potential final vote before the full House within weeks. -NIAC - 5/28/16

A Model Returns to Iran for a Stylish Trip Through Her Native Country

- Watching Leila Rahimi strike a pose in the gardens of Iran's oldest palaces and mansions, you would never suspect that 15 years had lapsed since the Iranian-American model and illustrator had visited her birth country. In her vibrant head wrap and flow-y tunic, she appeared right at home. -Vogue - 5/27/16

How a singles column changed a Persian-Jewish girl's life

- My parents came to L.A. from Shiraz, Iran after the 1979 Iranian Revolution. My father worked two jobs -- as a rabbi at a shul, and at a car yard in Anaheim. And my mother worked three jobs -- as a nightly mikveh lady, elder caretaker and mother. They always made sure my siblings and I had everything we needed... -Chaya Leah Esakhan, SCPR - 5/26/16
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