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Nov 04
2014

How Iranian Jews Shaped Modern Los Angeles: A Tale of Culture Clashes And Revitalization

November 04, 2014

In no time at all, we went from being unknown to notorious. When I moved to Los Angeles in August 1977, perfectly intelligent, well-meaning Americans would ask me if we had roads and automobiles in Tehran, or if I had taken a camel to elementary school every day. The ones who did know Iran wanted to talk only about the ruins in Persepolis or Queen Farah’s jewels. Most people just couldn’t tell Iran from Iraq, Arab from Iranian, Shiite from Sunni. And they certainly couldn’t fathom such a t

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Gina B. Nahai

Apr 30
2014

Operating Instructions

April 30, 2014

Every once in a while, someone I know will come up to me and announce that I’ve done it again, written something awful and insulting about the Iranian community in Los Angeles, and, in so doing, embarrassed us all in front of the non-Iranian community in L.A. “You’re lucky you’ve been invited to this dinner,” a friend will say, “everyone is mad at you for your last Jewish Journal article.” Or, just last month: “I had a dinner party last night and all everyone talked about

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Gina Nahai in the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles

Apr 29
2009

Wake Up, Angelenos

April 29, 2009

Friday night, I’m at the Los Angeles Times Book Awards reception downtown. It is, quite appropriately, given the number of newspaper writers and staffers who have lost their jobs in recent times, a smaller, much less lavish affair than in years past.

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Gina Nahai in the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles

Jul 30
2008

Troubling (L.A.) Times

July 30, 2008

Why do I feel like my already ailing IQ drops to below safe levels every time I pick up the Los Angeles Times lately?

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Gina Nahai in the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles

Jan 31
2008

This Being Los Angeles…

January 31, 2008

Last Thursday night at LACMA, I was treated to a reading of my own works by the very talented and beautiful actress Bahar Soumekh, and by UC Irvine professor Nasrin Rahimieh.

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