Morning Edition, January 9, 2007 · Author Iran Davar Ardalan, a producer for Morning Edition, first began telling her story about Iran in a series that aired on the radio program three years ago. Her new memoir, My Name Is Iran, tells the story of three generations of Iranian-American women, who move back and forth between the countries and the cultures.
As a young woman, Davar Ardalan gave up her American life to go to Iran and live like a true Iranian woman, including covering her face and agreeing to an arranged marriage. Later on in life, Davar came back to the United States and eventually started to work for NPR, where she created a series of stories for Morning Edition named “My name in Iran.” Can you imagine what it must be like to return to a country in the midst of a revolution to start life over so drastically? Have you ever made a similar change in your life? One that no one understood but which you felt to be the only way to move forward?
January 5, 2007
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A Woman Called Iran, a Refuge Called America
Iran Davar Ardalan, the author of “My Name Is Iran,” has spent her life bouncing back and forth between America and Iran, torn between these two poles in her family history, always finding herself an outsider in both countries, always missing one nation’s traditions and ideals when living in the other.
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