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Bridging the Gap: Understanding Iran-US Relations through the eyes of an Iranian American academic

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Juan Irigoyen
Shahrzad (Sherry) Dadgar, a professor at the Media and Entertainment department of CSU Pueblo, stands in front of the Buell Communications Center.

The war between Ukraine and Russia continues unabated, fueled in part by the roles played by other countries. Iran and the U.S. are only two of the countries who are involved.

In a recent interview with Shahrzad (Sherry) Dadgar, a professor at the Media and Entertainment department of CSU Pueblo who was born in Iran then came to America, she was asked about her insights into the events and issues pertaining to the Iranian role in the Ukraine-Russia war.

She emphasized that she is not a political person and prefers to keep away from the depressing news. She did, however, describe what it was like to grow up in Iran and how living in America has made her face new issues.

“It was a complicated culture, like any other culture. What I learned from my background is how to be a fighter and to stand up for equality. I suffer from sexism, but in America I face more racist situations.”

Among other things, Dadgar has had to deal with hearing the stereotypes about Iranians being labeled as terrorists.

“I got comments about my accent and if the people from my country are terrorists. I’m not in support of the actions of my government. However I believe the stereotypes that have been assigned to Iran, some of them are not true.”

It has been reported that Iran has been supporting Russia’s military operations.  Dadgar is afraid and devastated that if this is true and if it continues, more conflicts will be inevitable.

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