Spirit of the Season

Pass The Foie Gras: Christmas Menu Hard To Digest

December 21, 2008

I’m 8 years old. It’s the week before Christmas. I’m watching the Sonny and Cher Christmas special with my parents. There’s no smell of nutmeg wafting through this house and no time will be wasted opening presents. Such is the life of a secular Muslim immigrant in this land where Santa Claus visits a lot of people, but not everyone.

An Immigrant Family Changes the Way It Mourns

September 28, 2006

A family from Iran learns a new way to mourn a death in this commentary from Firoozeh Dumas. She is the author of the book Funny in Farsi.

Three Books

How To Be Killer At Cocktail Parties

July 15, 2011

My husband’s idea of hell is a cocktail party. Having to impress total strangers in under three minutes with just the right banter is enough to make him stay home.

World: Spring Equinox Signals Persian New Year

March 18, 2011

For Iranian-Americans, as well as communities in the Middle East and parts of Asia, the Spring equinox is celebrated as the start of a new year. In Iran, Nowrouz, which is Persian for New Day, is a massive celebration which includes elaborate traditions like jumping over fire, to let go of the past and embrace a healthy life. Iranian-American author and commentator Firoozeh Dumas shares her stories of celebrating Nowrouz in Iran and the United States with host Michel Martin.

A Guide To The Gritty Side Of The French Language

Written by Firoozeh Dumas

May 4, 2010

When we moved to America in 1972, we expected my father to translate for us. He had taught English in our hometown of Abadan, Iran. He knew how to conjugate verbs and to use adjectives correctly. He even knew the presidents in order. But once we arrived here, we discovered that my father could not actually speak to any Americans. According to him, Americans did not speak English.

This is true.


Opinion: Rejection Is A Fact Of Life. Employers, Do It Right!

August 18, 2009

Last summer my then-16-year-old son applied for a summer internship at a local university. He had found the listing at his high school career center. He put together a resume, wrote a cover letter and sent it all off, anxiously waiting an answer…

NPR Author Interviews

June 21, 2008

Writer Firoozeh Dumas talks with Scott Simon about her new memoir, Laughing Without an Accent. It’s a collection of humorous essays about her life as the daughter of Iranian immigrants, and about some the colorful characters in her extended family.

Around the Nation: A Personal Look Back at the Iranian Hostage Crisis

November 3, 2007

Iranian-American Firoozeh Dumas was a teenager living in Southern California at the time when the Iranian revolution happened, and the hostage crisis changed her life. A few weeks ago, she met one of the former hostages. Kathryn Koob had been a cultural officer at the United States Embassy in Tehran.

Commentary: ‘Funny in Farsi’

April 20, 2004

Iran does not abide by international copyright laws, which means that foreign books get translated and sold without permission from, or payment to, authors. Commentator Firoozeh Dumas heard that there were 19 versions of the latest Harry Potter book on the Iranian market. She didn’t want her own book to be translated badly, so she hired her own translator. It’s called Funny in Farsi.

muses and metaphors

Tweeted Verse Of The Day

April 5, 2011

By @firoozehdumas:

My Aunt Fatima’s kitchen: rice cooking, stews brewing, onions frying, tea’s ready. Come in you’re just in time to eat, always.

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