“My father, Kazem, an engineer with the National Iranian Oil Company, had been assigned to consult for an American firm for about two years. Having spent several years in Texas and California as a graduate student, my father often spoke about America with the eloquence and wonder normally reserved for a first love. To him, America was a place where anyone, no matter how humble his background, could become an important person.”
Kazem's company transferred him to America, because they wanted him to consult for a firm, and that is why they moved to America. I also believe that they moved because they can be accepted for who they are. They could also become some one in America.
Kazem is very passionate for America. He described the best things of America and I agree, because America is the land of opportunity. People can become whatever they want here. The sky is the limit.
What is America to you?
“One of my father's biggest fears in moving to America was child kidnappings. Our hometown, Abadan, was about as safe a place as one could hope for. We knew all the neighbors, everyone looked out for everyone else's kids, and there was basically no crime other than petty theft. Whenever my relatives came to visit us in America, they would watch the evening news a few times, and they would refuse to leave the house. “It's too dangerous here,” they always said. “Why are there so many shootings?” In Iran, citizens do not have access to guns, so we do not have the types of crimes that so often lead to murders in America.”
Firoozeh's father Kazem is feared of his children getting kidnapped. Kazem is afraid of his family getting shot by some lunatic. Also when their relative come to visit they are scared to go outside. In his hometown there was no violence just petty thefts.
There is a lot of violence in America, now and back then. I get scared when I am awake all night and everyone is asleep. I always think to myself “I can get hurt today.” America is very frightful sometimes.
What about America scares you?