When Westerners think of Iran today, images of women wearing chadors, American flags burning, and militant crowds shouting nationalistic slogans often come to mind. But those who have memories of Tehran in the 1960s and 1970s paint a very different portrait of Iranian life. - Cara Parks
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I have a Persian friend, and his family fled after ‘79, and he’s said to me before how he misses the old Iran, despite never having experienced it first hand. I know the Shah was a bad guy, not because he was a vindictive person, but because he was an autocrat and that’s what power does to people. But I think I’d rather have Iran then rather than now. I’d love to visit but the regime is off-putting.
I work with four very open-minded and cool Iranians. Apparently Iranians ignore each other in the street in Brisbane because in Iran you have to wear masks to project a different image at work (public) and at home (private). I guess it’s not cool to be a young, funky pro-western Iranian back in Iran.