Humanize the Demonized

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In the spirit of Lew’s column, I offer this project, as described by Richard Cox:

Yasmin Khan is a half-Iranian writer, campaigner and most importantly cook.  She’s hatched a plan to travel across Iran sharing recipes and cooking with the people she meets and turning this journey into a documentary and cook book.  This project however is about more than just cooking, it’s about humanizing the Iranian people in our eyes, showing that they’re real people too, who enjoy doing the same kind of things we do.

In Khan’s own words:
Ask the average person in the West what they think of Iran and chances are they’ll mention bombs, nukes, war. And that’s just if you get them on a good day.
Quite frankly, I’m over this.
At a time of increased military tensions, a project which humanizes Iranian people, dispels stereotypes, gives a voice to a people rarely seen or hear in the Western media and promotes cross-cultural understanding could not be more important.  Saffron aims to do just this, guiding readers on a fascinating journey into the hearts (and stomachs) of Iranians today.

Here’s her video:

3:12 pm on May 11, 2013
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