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Iranian diaspora: Radman Rabii
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Radman Rabii
Name: Radman Rabii
Age: 22
Lives: Ontario, Canada
Works: Student

I came here purely for educational reasons.

When I first arrived I was very disappointed and very homesick and had little English. It took me a while to adapt to the lifestyle.

The atmosphere in Canada was so different. Society here is so much more individualistic. At school in Iran everyone hung out together, but here everyone was split into groups.

But after focusing on my English - which was the main obstacle - I found my own group of friends and things got better.

Now, I spend hours every day reading about Iran - sports, politics and cultural issues, anything I can.

I speak Persian at home with my family, I eat Persian food. My family were pretty strict that I don't lose my identity just because I have moved to the West.

I do not feel the tension between East and West. I'm pretty nationalistic towards Iran but the perceived tension between them is just lack of knowledge

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Whenever someone comes up to me and asks me about it, it's my pleasure to talk to them about Iran.

You only ever see the negative aspects in the news - they show protests in front of Western embassies when there are only about 200 people there.

I see myself as an ambassador who has the opportunity to change that.

I have dual citizenship now and I would say that Canada is my second home, but Iran is my roots.

Opposes outside intervention

It was a shock to see such a conservative new president in Iran but he came in on grounds of creating public justice and a better life for the lower and middle classes.

He also made it clear that, unlike the reformists, he was not going to compromise on the nuclear issue.

As an Iranian, I feel responsible towards my home country and believe that Iran has a bright future.

I believe my generation will be the one that will bring Iran into an advanced and prosperous era. We can improve it culturally, economically, socially and politically.

But I oppose outside intervention. Iran is a responsible nation and should act in a united manner to improve the problems that exist.

I would like at some point to go back, because I would prefer to live in my own country and do my part in building a strong, independent and free Iran.

I want to use the experiences I have gained here in Canada to achieve that goal.





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