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September 19, 2016

 

Tru: You took an airplane here, I’m assuming? Not a boat?

 

Stella: Yeah. We were on the other side of the world.

 

Tru: How old were you when you left Iran?

 

Stella: Grade 3.

 

Tru: Was your hometown quiet or was there a lot of people? Pretty crowded?

 

Soroosh: I can remember the last time I was there. I went on a trip to Iran with my mom and Stella didn’t come. I remember it was pretty crowded.

 

Tru: Did you ever go to places outside of Iran?

 

Stella: You don’t really leave Iran because it’s really hard to get out of it. I kind of didn’t know Canada existed.

 

Tru: I know what you mean. For quite awhile, I thought this island consisted of every single human being.

 

Soroosh: I really don’t like crowded places.

 

Tru: You were in grade 4 in Dubai? What do you remember?

 

Stella: I remember places and activities in Dubai but not the architecture or anything. I learned English in Dubai but when I came to Canada, I didn’t know the swear words and the slang.

 

Tru: Do you play sports?

 

Stella: I play soccer and volleyball.

 

Tru: I can’t think of anything to ask.

 

Soroosh: I know one thing we can talk about: SOCCER!

 

Tru: Do you play soccer a lot?

 

Soroosh: Yes! It’s my favourite sport. Not only that, it’s my most favourite thing to do in the world!

 

Tru: Do you have any favourite foods?

 

Soroosh: Lots. Most of them aren’t candy. Chicken. Fish. Ribs.

 

Tru: Got a lot of friends?

 

S and S: Yeah.

 

Soroosh: My whole class.

 

Tru: Do you think Victoria is better than Tehran?

 

Stella: Yeah. I can do stuff.

 

Tru: Could you play sports there? Like organized sports?

 

Stella: No.

 

Tru: That’s bad.

 

Stella: If I’d lived there, I wouldn’t know how to speak English; I wouldn’t play soccer; I wouldn’t play volleyball. I

wouldn’t know how to play flute or violin or guitar and I wouldn’t know a lot of stuff. I’d probably be super quiet and let people tell me what to do.

 

Tru: That’s bad. Yeah, I guess this place opens up opportunities.

 

Tru: What have you guys been doing the last week?

 

Stella: We went to America, I did tryouts, and I worked!

 

Tru: Your little brother seems to have a lot of energy. Is he always like that?

 

Stella: Yeah.

 

Awkward pause.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEET SOROOSH AND STELLA

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Nothing says awkward like asking three young people who have just met to interview each other! Stella (15) and Soroosh (7) arrived in Victoria B.C. in 2012. On a sunny August afternoon at Oak Bay’s Willows Beach park, youth interviewer Tru (11) chats with the sister and brother pair about early life in Iran and Dubai and well, just regular Canadian kid stuff.

 

Photo supplied by Mandana Movahedi, with note: "In our traditional new year ceremony—23rd of March—we set a table and put some special things [that are] symbols of Abundance on it, then sit beside it when the year changes. We call this table “ Haft Seen”, [which] probably could be translated as “7 S's” because we have to place seven things that start with sound “S”. This picture is by that table. The name of the flower, grass and some other things on it start with the sound “S” in Persian."

 

 

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