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Funny in Farsi

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Annie He

on 13 February 2013

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Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas Main Idea -This book is a memoir of an Iranian (Firoozeh Dumas) growing up in America with her family.
-It chronicles her journey from constricted Iran to America, land of the free, with her family.
-Each chapter is a different and unique event that happens in her life. Summary -takes place in
- Whittier, CA
- Newport Beach, CA
- Disneyland
- Washington DC
- Paris, France
- San Francisco, CA
- Nassau, Bahamas
- Spanish Wells island
- Abadan, Iran
-Firoozeh was born in 1965, moved to America in 1972 and extends her book until 2003, the time when she wrote this book
-The Iranian Revolution takes place during her adolescence

-an Iranian family moves to America because the father received a 2-year assignment and discovers all of the aspects different from their homeland. A girl named Firoozeh finds out that America is the place she wants to be. Setting/Background "America, America" -chapter 13, America, Land of the Free
America, America
Truly the land of the free
Upholding truth, and justice too
You are the land we love Music by: Annie He & Emily Henschel Topic The topic of the book was to chronicle the events of Firoozeh Dumas' life into a memoir about how moving from Iran to America changed her life. Firoozeh Dumas came to the United States from Iran with her family in 1972 when she was seven years old. It was supposed to be a temporary move; her father, an engineer for the National Iranian Oil Co., got a job for 2 years in California. He had gone to college in Texas so he knew a lot of English. The family's journey into Americanization is hard at times, but gets better after a while. Firoozeh starts 2nd grade with little English but progresses fast. Her mother never mastered English though. They both find out how nice and amicable Americans are. Her father goes to bowl for "Bowling for Dollars" but only wins a mere $7. He loves Disneyland very much but was devastated when Firoozeh had gotten lost there. But when the Iran crisis starts, Firoozeh and her family begin to be treated as criminals. They went to DC to welcome the Shah and almost got beaten. Firoozeh learns French very well and won a speech contest sponsored by the Alliance Française to go to Paris for a few months. Eventually she goes to U.C. Berkeley where she meets her husband, François. During an earthquake, she saves an elderly woman and changed her life from then on. François and Firoozeh go to the Bahamas together to experience a vacation far from a paradise and judge a beauty pageant. Finally at the end, she realizes that her nose is unique and her father is frugal in America but rich in Iran because of a pension. "We Are Family" -chapter 16, It's All Relatives
We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up everybody and sing
Everyone can see we're together
As we walk on by and we fly just like birds of a feather
I won't tell no lie all of the people around us they say
Can they be that close
Just let me state for the record
We're giving love in a family dose "Here Comes The Bride" Instrumental
-chapter 22, The Wedding "Waterloo" -chapter 12, Waterloo
The history book on the shelf
Is always repeating itself
Waterloo - I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo - Promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo - Couldn't escape if I wanted to
Waterloo - Knowing my fate is to be with you
Waterloo - Finally facing my Waterloo Themes Identity & Discovery in a new place
Power of family strength & love
Language Barriers
Cross-cultural misunderstandings
Shared humanity People In Book Firoozeh Dumas (Julie) = narrator
Kazem = father of Firoozeh, an engineer in the National Iranian Oil Co.
Nazireh = Firoozeh's mother that never mastered English
Uncle Nematollah = her uncle that came to America and had to lose weight
Aunt Sedigeh = wanted to become a doctor but had lost the chance
Farshid & Farid = Firoozeh's brothers
François = Firoozeh's French husband
Mrs. Sandberg = Firoozeh's 2nd grade teacher who went to her wedding later on
Noëlle = a nice jovial woman in France that helped Firoozeh around Paris
François' parents = didn't like Firoozeh that much
Golda Rubenshtein = an elderly woman who Firoozeh saved during an earthquake Significant Quotes/Events "Together, my relatives form an alliance that represents a genuine and enduring love of family, one that sustains them through difficulties and gives them reasons to celebrate during good times. My father and his siblings have even purchased burial plots together because, as my father told me, 'we never want to be separated.'" (103)
"Without my relatives, I am but a thread; together, we form a colorful and elaborate Persian carpet." (103)
"But when we moved to America in 1972, Nowruz lost all its meaning. No longer did we feel the excitement building toward the big day. No longer did we see people cleaning their drapes, buying new clothes, or sweeping their yards spotless. No longer did we prepare for an onslaught of visitors. Gone were the smells of pastries coming from every kitchen, gone were the purple hyacinths that decorated every house, gone were the strangers wishing us 'Nowruz Mubarak,' 'Happy New Year.' Gone was the excitement in the air." (106)
"My mother's approach to learning English consisted of daily lessons with Monty Hall and Bob Barker. Her devotion to Let's Make a Deal and The Price is Right was evident in her new found ability to recite useless information. After a few months of television viewing, she could correctly tell us whether a coffeemaker cost more or less than $19.99. How many boxes of Hamburger Helper, Swanson's TV dinners, or Turtle Wax could one buy without spending a penny more than twenty dollars? She knew that, too. Strolling down the grocery aisle, she rejoiced in her celebrity sightings—Lipton's Tea! Campbell's tomato soup! Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Frosting!" (10)

- The first day of school in Leffingwell Elementary School
- Kazem went on the show "Bowling For Dollars"
- Firoozeh got lost in Disneyland
- Her uncle came to visit America, got fat, and tried ridiculous ways to lose weight
- In Washington DC, Firoozeh and her parents almost got beaten down for greeting the Shah
- During an earthquake in San Francisco, Firoozeh saved an elderly lady's life
- Firoozeh's double wedding (one Catholic, and one Persian)
- Firoozeh and François judged at a beauty pageant in the Bahamas during their vacation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9ruydjrZuU(1:05) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjLohs2BB8M(0:42) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgh9XTkQTDI(0:05) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWfK4OrTg4c(0:35) (a community that is shared by many cultures; even if we come from different countries, we look different, and we speak a different language we are all still human beings that live in an environment that is shared by many. Shared humanity means to me a diverse world we all share. Shared humanity is a world filled with people of many culture and languages that shares that one world with opportunities)
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