Funny in Farsi
– Firoozeh Dumas
1) Leffingwell Elementary School
Narrator (Firoozeh), her Mother (Nazireh), her Father, and her two brothers move
from Iran to Whittier, California. Enroll in a school, but can’t speak English. Get lost on
walk home, have to be led home by neighbor.
2) Hot Dogs and Wild Geese
Struggles with English, explains how her mother knows very little English, relates
comical experiences, tells that her father is a petroleum engineer.
3) In the Gutter
Father takes up bowling, watches Bowling TV show religiously. Wants to win a
lot of money on the show, goes on it and wins $7, lowest amount of anyone. Thus he
4) Save Me Mickey
Father is obsessed with Disneyland, they go all the time. His favorite ride is
Pirates of the Caribbean. Firoozeh gets lost, ends up in Lost and Found. Becomes favorite
child after she is reunited with her father, he buys whatever she wants.
5) Swoosh Swoosh
Uncle comes to visit, experiences with fast food, strange plans to lose weight
6) With a Little Help from My Friends
Firoozeh recounts telling people about Iran, commonly held misconceptions, and
the final weeks before returning to Iran.
On her return to America, Firoozeh lives in Newport Beach, she relates
stereotypes of the people there, and recounts meeting Francois, her future husband, a