Changing Visions of Ourselves > Between Two Worlds

Chicago

Nina Farnia

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Generation Y (Southwest Youth Collaborative)

I don’t like hyphenated identities. I’m Iranian, and I’m American, but not Iranian-American.

Most middle-class Arab communities have always thought of themselves as white. Now they are experiencing attacks and harassment that is not usual for “white” communities, even though that is their identity. We need to go beyond the “white” framework...

I was raised in a family that taught me to be American. The priority was to speak English – and Farsi fell by the wayside. As an American I feel I have rights – when I feel discrimination I try not to see it.