Enlarge your world view

Ladies, imagine having your father choose the person you marry without you having any say about it. Nahid Rachlin, author of the award-winning novel, “Persian Girls,” spoke about this issue, along with many other cross-cultural topics on Feb. 25 at UVU. Those unable to make it to the event can make up for about half of it by reading Rachlin’s book, which is a memoir that reads like a novel and describes her life in and out of Iran. Rachlin spent the first 30 minutes reading passionately in her Iranian accent directly from her book. During the course of the reading, she drew fascinating comparisons and contrasts between American and Iranian culture. “I practically ran from home. I wanted to pick my own husband,” she said. “I value freedom of choice more than anything.” Many students walked away from the event feeling grateful for the country in which they live and the freedoms they enjoy, but many of those students also felt a stronger need to explore other cultures with a more open mind, open eyes and understanding. Being a part of such a dominant culture can leave Americans without the desire to consider and relate to the rest of the world, and according to Rachlin this can become a substantial problem. Students enjoyed questioning Rachlin about foreign policy, international relations and politics. “Americans make horrible mistakes with foreign...

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