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What will our baby look like?
Name = Josh B.
Years Married = 1
Number of Children = 0
Country & City = USA, California
Category of Submission = Children

Subject = What will our baby look like?

Salam,
I've been married (and very happy) to a wonderful persian for over a year. We're expecting our first now and as an excited father I keep trying to dream up what our kids will look like, what sort of traits they'll get, etc. For example, my wife has brown eyes and I have hazel. She wants the baby to have my eyes. Who knows if it will happen but I thought I'd post and see what sort of experiences those of you out there have had, if you were able to say oh, he has his daddy's nose and his mommy's hair, etc. Oh, and pictures would be great if you're willing to share.
Josh B.


Children Book in ENglish by an Iranian Writer
Name = Jamshid Naderi
Years Married = 10
Number of Children = 3
Country & City = UAS, conneticut
Category of Submission = Children

I recently read a children book by an Iranian Writer. It's in English. MY daughther love it. It's the first Iranian children book I have read and I enjoyed as much as my kid. I never heard of this writer. But his book is called once upon a star. His name is Majeed beenteha Anyway very good reading for your children

If anyone wants to get it , you can purchase it at < ahref="http://www.net2infinity.com/beenteha">http://www.net2infinity.com/beenteha

Ghorban hameyedh shoma, Jamshid


Childhood in a Persian/American upbringing
Name = A Persian girl
Country & City = USA, California,
Category of Submission = Children
Include Email to posting = NO

Salam,

I happened to come by this site while searching about my heritage. I am a European/American Iraian Girl. I thought it might be interesting for you to have a perspective of someone's childhood in a Persian/American upbringing.

My father was unable/uninterested in learning Farsi but my mother spent time teaching me the language. I am able to speak fluently but I wasn't taught to write. I've visited Iran whereas my father has not. I feel that if my father had showed more interest or support I would have had a better relationship with him. I sometimes feel like I'm caught in-between two places not knowing in which direction to turn. I do not feel completely American nor Persian. When I visited Iran I felt a great pride to be American yet here in America I have a great curiosity of my Persian heritage.

I have friends in two different groups but I find comfort in that. My Persian cluster of friends are there when I have questions such as about norooz (New Years) and they sympathize with being brought up in a strict and protective manner. My mother is Muslim and my father Catholic. Neither enforces their religion upon me nor do they attend services- there's been a compromise there. They respect each other's cultures and yet I think it's their barrier. They don't understand each other. My father tried to learn but he couldn't learn the language and things fell apart there. I feel the culture clash. So I've basically been left to fill my curiosities on my own.

I live with an understanding of both but I've attended a Catholic school from kindergarten though 8th grade. It was actually my mother that decide to send me to a Catholic school. She thought it best to have me subjected to faith and an understanding of God. I was expecting to go to a Catholic high school like most of my friends at the time were but my parents thought it was time for me to go to a public school. I appreciate what they have done for me and high school was where I started meeting a mixture of cultures.

Al I know is that they've tried to mix in their cultures. I think my mother had the most difficult but enjoyable time. She not only was able to keep her culture alive with me, she instilled the curiosity for me to search on my own yet since my mother also works I can imagine how difficult it was for her trying to teach me two languages from birth. I respect my mother greatly, but I understand that there are difficulties presented before my father. I just wish he tried a bit harder.


I am learning Farsi together with my daughter
Name = Eric van Beek
Years Married = 5
Number of Children = 1
Country & City = The Netherlands, Amersfoort

Dear Shohar-khaleh,
Nice to find out about your new site. I am happily married to an Iranian woman for 5 years now. Whe have a lovely girl of 2 years old, whom we try to raise in a mixture of our cultures.

Part of that is learning her two languages. Although I guess her Farsi is already better than mine (I took classes for 2 years, and visited Iran 3 times now), my progress in the language never was more than now. It is like learning the language together, now that my wife adresses our daughter in Farsi. I can recommend it to anyone in a similar situation.
Eric van Beek


I am very happy to have married an Iranian woman

DEAR SHOHARKHALEH,

My name is Achyut Dutt and I am from Pune India. I am very happy to have married an Iranian woman.I have found that our cultures are quite similar.There is a lot of understanding, love and warmth.

We are expecting our first child shortly. We live in India. We are interested to know which will be in the baby's best interest, Indian or Iranian Citizenship. We do not know what the rules of citizenship are in Iran. Does the Iranian Government allow dual citizenship?

If the baby is born in Iran, Is Iranian Citizenship Mandatory? I shall appreciate your help in case you have any info on these aspects.

THANKS & KHODA HAFEEZ, ACHYUT


Mr. Achyut,

Hello and thank you for visiting our website and sharing your experience and your concern. First of all best wishes for your new baby - a healthy and happy baby.

As far as citizenship rules and regulations I suggest you contact one of Iranian Government offices online or in India (Delhi). I only know that citizenship is automatic from Father side. If the father is Iranian, the baby is considered Iranian in Iran and s/he can have dual citizenship. I am not sure about the rules when the mother is Iranian, as far as dual citizenship. Check the Iranian Government offices at;

http://www.persianweb.net/government.html

Good luck and let us know what you find out. - Shoharkhaleh#2


For a child to have an additional language - cannot but be of help in his or her life
I'm an American husband with an Iranian wife, married for 20 years. We have two children, ages 16 and 12. We live in a somewhat out-of-the way small city with only a small Iranian community. Nevertheless, we are fortunate to have friends here with a deep and abiding love for Iran, its culture, and its language. Over the past 4 years, for one evening a week, these friends have been conducting Farsi classes (spoken and written) for our children and theirs, using the current texts produced by the Ministry of Education. They are now "graduated" from the second grade, which may not sound particularly impressive, but when we hear them speak, and read their compositions, there is no small measure of pride on our parts. One might wish that certain of their Iranian-born cousins here in the US and in Europe could do as well.

Apart from the issues of cultural awareness and sense of self, which are eloquently dealt with elsewhere on this and simalar sites, for a child to have an additional language - even and "exotic" one such as Farsi - cannot but be of help in his or her life, starting with college admissions and continuing into their working careers. - Bill

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