Zan Magazine inserts

The following are two articles about PAAIA that were included in recent editions of Zan Magazine, a publication dedicated to the modern Iranian American woman.  For more information about the magazine, click here.



June 21, 2012, Washington D.C. – Six year old Reza attempted to explain the concept of Nowruz (Persian New Year) to his first grade classmates. How can anyone have a new year in the spring? Why do you color eggs – is it for Easter?
For a young child, born and raised in the US and celebrating every American national holiday, explaining the concept behind a tradition basked in over 2500 years of history can be a daunting task.

Similarly, parents, keen to share their history and heritage with their American friends and other parents, don’t always have the tools and resources to do so.

Building on its successful efforts to pass the Nowruz Resolution through both Chambers of Congress in 2010, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) launched its Nowruz Project in March 2011.

The Project, offered again for a second year, provides parents of elementary school children with resources and information they can use to present on this joyous celebration at their children’s schools. 

The goal of the program is to provide Iranian American parents with some basic tools that assist them in presenting accurate and basic information about Nowruz and Iran to younger students, parents, and educators. 

The resources include the following: A PowerPoint presentation that provides information on Iran and Nowruz. It includes basic information about Iran, its geography, people, language, and… Read More>>


June 21, 2012, Washington D.C. –According to the U.S. Cens us Burea u, the Iranian American community in the U.S. is known to be among the most successful and educated ethnic groups. In addition to being entrepreneurs who have established and maintained successful businesses, contributing to the economic well-being of the country, Iranian Americans excel in many fields, including law, medicine, telecommunications, manufacturing, arts, media and sports.

Yet, despite our ability to excel in these fields, Iranian Americans have not been able to achieve the same type of success in the political arena. Though there are hundreds serving in local and state governments throughout the U.S., there are currently no Iranian Americans serving in the US Congress, any Governor mansions, or State legislatures. 

To address this bittersweet issue, the Political Action Committee(PAC) of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans(PAAIA) has worked diligently to identify and support qualified Iranian American candidates for public office. The mission of IAPAC is to promote the election of candidates for federal, state and local office, regardless of party affiliation who are attuned to the domestic needs and issues of the Iranian American community. 

The mission of IAPAC also includes encouraging and supporting Iranian Americans to run for public office.IAPAC has supported the candidacy of candidates such as Carlsbad City Councilwomen Farrah Douglas for State Assembly of California, Sharmin Bock, Candidate for District Attorney of San Francisco, … Read More>>

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