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Culture Shock: Farsi fun

ASU's Iranian student organization

 by Stephanie Berger
 published on Thursday, September 1, 2005


They speak Farsi, eat Oloviyeh and participate in Sufi meditation.

Any student who hasn't heard these terms before probably doesn't know much about Iranian culture, other than the negative images that sometimes appear in the American media. The ASU Iranian American Cultural Association is challenging those stereotypes.

The club has many members who were born in America, but have Iranian parents and want to develop a stronger link to their heritage. It also welcomes members of other cultures who are interested in learning about different customs and ways of life.

Professor of civil and environmental engineering Barzin Mobasher, the Iranian Association's adviser, says that the club presents a side of Iranian culture that many Americans haven't seen. This includes a strong commitment to respect, humility, friendship and family values.

Club president and English linguistics senior Sogol Homayoun says the club is designed to be both informative and entertaining. In addition to trying to get non-credited Farsi courses taught at ASU in order to spread the Persian language, Homayoun says the club hosts several fun activities each semester.

One of its biggest activities last year was a Persian New Year's party. The club celebrated with a live DJ, belly dancing and traditional Middle Eastern food.

This semester, upcoming events include a foreign language potluck conference, a Persian salsa mixer and a Sufi meditation workshop.

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