Interview: Author Yong Chen

Here is a radio interview from Southern California Public Radio with Yong Chen. It covers a lot of what is in the book.

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Next Book: Chop Suey, USA

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September’s book is Chop Suey, USA by Yong Chen, professor at UC Irvine. The discussion will be September 26th, usual time and place. Anyone interested in joining our discussion can pick up a book at the Circulation Desk.

Tehran Traffic

While Hooman Majd gives a very succinct description of being a pedestrian in Tehran, it helps to see what exactly he might have dealt with every day. So here are some YouTube videos just showing traffic along with street scenes in Tehran. The last video is a POV of someone crossing the street!

 

Pictures of Tehran

11992114295_979875cef7_oTo get a sense of what Tehran looks like I’m going to link to a few photo galleries from photographers on Flikr to get a sense of how big the city is and what it would look like if you walked down the street.

Mehrdad Rajabi – Great scenic shots of Tehran during the day and at night

-sina- I’m linking to his general page. He has made 4 trips to Tehran. A lot of great street shots.

Roland Wich – Tehran and other shots of Iran

El-Len – I’m linking to her ‘people of Iran’ photo album but it’s worth it to go back to her gallery to see the rest of her pictures.

Boris Le Montagner – more people of Iran

 

Iran and Islam

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This post is about explaining Iran’s special place in the Islamic world. Here are some great articles on Khomeini-ism, the conflict been different religious branches, and Iran’s evolving views on theocracy and populism with an Islamic framework.

U.S. Institute of Peace – The Iran Primer: Iran and Islam

Places of Peace and Power – Shi’a Islam

Council on Foreign Relations – Religion and Politics in Iran

Stratfor – In Iran, Political Change At a Measured Pace

Al-Jazeera – Iran’s Election Campaigns

Pew Research – Restrictions on Women’s Religious Attire (world)

New York Times – Cautiously, Iranians Reclaim Public Spaces and Liberties Long Suppressed

 

 

 

A Timeline of Iran’s History

Many of you will remember Jimmy Carter/Ronald Reagan’s Iran Hostage crisis  but might not know much about Iran’s before or after that crisis. Here are some helpful timelines that encompass Iran’s ancient history to it’s modern history. Here is a great analysis of Iran-U.S. relations from Congressional Quarterly.

 

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