Doostane Farsi Zabane Man

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Due to the animosity between the American and Iranian governments, there is no real relationship between the citizens of the United States and those of Iran. The people of both countries are losing vital resources because of this. Each country has a fascinating history and culture, and the people of the U.S. and Iran generally are not exposed to such interesting information. As Kenneth Pollack points out, Persia evokes strong images of the exotic, while Iran stirs up images of mad ayatollahs and terrorists. Americans know virtually nothing about the real Iran, and “although they often refuse to acknowledge it, most Iranians are equally confused and ignorant about the United States.”[1] Since we know so little about each others countries, most Americans and Iranians do not even realize that the two countries were not only allies at one point, but friends.

Furthermore, “Americans familiar with Iran are fully cognizant of her potential as an ally in the region. They recognize the value of an Iran reintegrated into the international system and playing a constructive role in regional affairs.”[2] A renewed friendship with Iran could result in many rewards for the United States, and the Unites States can offer much in return, but the current situation is such a fragile balance, and neither country is willing to make a peace offering. The need for understanding between the two nations and their citizens is clearly great.

Doostane Farsi Zabane Man would target the next generations of leaders. It will target the children who see news infiltrated with propaganda and hatred. This project will address these issues, and our hope is that the outcome is a more cordial relationship between at least a few Americans and Iranians.

We have three main goals that we hope to achieve within the 2010-2011 school year.

  1. Help students develop a sense of common humanity while engendering an appreciation of the benefits that each of the cultures has made to society.
  2. Include students in the development of a peaceful relationship between the United States and Iran.
  3. Introduce students to critical world issues.

As an additional goal that falls into a separate category than those goals that are particular to social studies and international relationships, we hope to help students improve in all academic subjects.

To volunteer, please e-mail info@mypersianspeakingfriends.org specifying with what aspect of the project you’d like to help. We also need monetary donations, as well as donations of supplies (stationary and colored pencils, as well as books, movies, and music from or about Iran that are age-appropriate).
We would also like to encourage anyone and everyone who visits this site to comment. Tell us about a recent related news story, give an opinion of yours (whether about this blog, the project, or US-Iran relations), leave questions, comments, information about upcoming events that are related, etc.


[1] Pollack, Kenneth. “Introduction: The Persistence of Memory.” The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2005. xix.

[2] Ansari, Ali M.. “Introduction: Iran and the Iranian Question.” Confronting Iran: The Failure of American Foreign Policy and the Next Great Crisis in the Middle East. New York: Basic Books, 2007. 3.

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