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Profiles of Iranian Americans

For too long now, through our collective silence as a community, we have allowed the Iranian American image to be defined by the media, the government of Iran, the blogosphere, and politicians with agendas. The time has come to take ownership of our identity and make sure we are actively projecting an accurate image of who we are.

Profiles of Iranian Americans is one of PAAIA's principle projects aimed at countering negative stereotypes that plague our community with compelling life stories of Iranian Americans who are remarkable for their professional achievements, their humanitarian work, their contributions to American society, or their compelling life stories.

By presenting these profiles, PAAIA aspires to not only project an accurate and positive image of our community, but to also inspire our children to take pride in their heritage and their Iranian American identity. The Profiles of Iranian Americans, a project led by Rudi Bakhtiar on the behalf of PAAIA, is co-produced by her and Boomgen Studios and directed by Mahyad Tousi. 

Join Rudi as she sits down with four of the most captivating Iranian American personalities as they share, in their own words, their personal compelling journeys on the road to success.

Our hope is that by highlighting their individual, and often surreal, achievements, we can not only project an accurate and positive image of our community, but also inspire our children to take pride in their heritage and actively preserve their Iranian American culture.

View Maz Jobrani's Video Profile!

View Dr. Firouz Naderi's Video Profile!

View Dr. Pardis Sabeti's Video Profile!

View Leila Vaziri’s Video Profile!