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The Center’s Blog: “With A Trace”

View the Center's Blog, With a Trace: Documenting and Sharing the Experiences of the Iranian Diaspora.

A blog to read and share about Iranian diaspora experiences and culture by the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, San Francisco State University.

2021

From the Granular to the Sweeping: Reflecting on the Evolution of a Diaspora

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Vancouver’s Chef Hamid Salimian—Finding His Way through Food

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Telling Stories from Tehran to Rome to Vancouver to Los Angeles with Chef and Cookbook Author Naz Deravian

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: California-Based Artist Keyvan Shovir and Movement Between Tradition, Modernity, and Diaspora

Atossa Soltani on Being a “Planetary Citizen” and Defending the Amazon

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Forging a Progressive Future with Yasmin Radjy

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Chef Hoss Zaré –A Tale of Persian Hospitality, Cooking Innovation, and Culinary Evangelism

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Milad Odabaei—On Transitioning to the United States and Conducting Fieldwork in Iran

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Sara Saedi—On Growing up Undocumented and Becoming a YA Novelist

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: “Daring to Look” – Pouran Jinchi and Re-Writing Women into the Great Calligraphic Traditions of Iran

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Building A Bay Area Iranian-American Queer Community One Person-at-a-Time

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi and the Importance of Making the Marginalized Visible

2020

Reflections on Racism, Inequality, and the Role Iranian-Americans Can Play in Social Justice

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Torange Yeghiazarian, Founding Artistic Director of Golden Thread Productions—Creating and Sustaining Theatre with a Purpose

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Bay Area Filmmaker Mo Gorjestani and His Mission to Tell the Stories of the Marginalized, the Vulnerable, and the Resilient

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Novelist Marjan Kamali—Writing from a Place of Nuance

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Samira Saffarzadeh—On Crossing Boundaries, Raising Biracial Children, and Hosting the Podcast, “We’re Not So Different” 

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Sepi Shyne – An Advocate for the LGBTQIA Community and Social Justice in Her City

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Azin Seraj—Making Art from the Archive of Her Diasporic Life

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Nima Rahimi, Attorney and Advocate for Political Participation and Democracy

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Dr. Sahar Razavi, California State University, Sacramento

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Dr. Taghi Amjadi On Hafez and the Power of Seeking Mental Healthcar

Iranian Diaspora Youth Essay Contest: Sam Rahbin

Iranian Diaspora Youth Essay Contest: Sam Bashiri

Iranian Diaspora Youth Essay Contest: Donya Hosseini

2019

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: The King and Queen of Kuku, Aisan Hoss and Mehdi Parnia

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Holly Fathi and the Emerging Literature of British Iranians

Elica Vafaie: An Iranian-American Attorney Committed to Social Justice

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Ana Bayat, Multilingual Actor and Playwright

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Artist and Murphy Award Winner Shirin Towfiq

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: The Making of a Movie—Report from the Frontlines of “We Are Here” Documentary

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Dr. Shadee Abdi

Iranian Diaspora Scholar Spotlight: Marie Ostby, Connecticut College

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Hanif Sadr, Chef at Komaaj and Caterer for Minnesota Street Project Receptions

“Chanting the Shores” Iranian Diaspora Spotlight with Amin Moghadam, Princeton University

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Jasmin Darznik, Novelist and Professor

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Dr. Shirin Vossoughi, Northwestern University

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Taraneh Hemami, Artist and Activist and Curator for “Part and Parcel” and “Once at Present”

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Dr. Amy Malek, College of Charleston

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Dr. Manijeh Nasrabadi

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Dr. Camron Amin

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Dr. Sonja Moghaddari

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Dr. Neda Maghbouleh

Iranian Diaspora Spotlight: Dr. Beeta Baghoolizadeh