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Around two weeks ago a Persian Jewish family took me to an Middle Eastern Persian restaurant to try its cultural food We ate at a restaurant named Darya right on the corner of South Coast Plaza The family came with the father mother and their two sons who were roughly the same age as me Me and the older son has known each other for quiet a while through school but never had a chance to invite each other to share our culture The family was very interested in Chinese culture and they were excited for the dinner I chose this plunge because I get to meet the whole family and I believe meeting the two generations can get me a better understanding on the culture Iranian stereotypePersian Jews or Iranian Jews are Jews that are historically from or closely related to Iran The stereotypes of Iran in the United States however are mostly negative Americans often associate Iran with nuclear weapons terrorism or dictatorship government I personally have interacted with a few Iranians and all of them seem normal to me they have a different skin color but act and speak like Americans From my interactions there is no particular sign of terrorism or negative imagery The plunge was a special experience I was able to learn a lot from them directly and indirectly Though the dinner I sensed the existence of a negative Iranian stereotype but in an indirect way One thing for certain is that they never mentioned themselves as Iranians they came from Iran but they referred themselves as Persian Jews This was because Persian and Jews both have a better image than the Iranian stereotype Someone may argue that Jews just like to be called Jews but I think that Iranian Jews is more suitable for their background Their older generations were all born and raised in Iran The term Persian Jew itself is better called Iranian Jew because
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