Why Are There So Many Iranians In Los Angeles? [Becoming Iranian-American, Pt. 1] | AJ+

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Los Angeles is home to the largest community of Iranians outside of Iran. But what are the origins of this slice of Iran in America, aka “Tehrangeles”?

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When the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis happened, Iranians in the United States endured a period of immense anti-Iranian sentiment. They were protested, beaten – even their immigration status was threatened.

Special Thanks:
Amy Malek, Neda Maghbouleh, Kevan Harris, Persis Karim

Resources:
Neda Maghbouleh – “The Limits of Whiteness: Iranian Americans and the Everyday Politics of Race” (2017)
Amy Malek – “Claiming Space: Documenting Second-Generation Iranian Americans in Los Angeles” (2015)
Hamid Naficy – “A Social History of Iranian Cinema Vol. 4” (2012)
Anita Colby, Jonathan Friedlander, Ron Kelley – “Irangeles: Iranians in Los Angeles” (1993)

Music tracks courtesy of APM, Audio Networks and West One Music.
Footage and images courtesy of Getty, AP, AFP, Reuters and Shutterstock.
Archival: Library of Congress, NBCUniversal Archives, “Best in the West” by Maryam Kashani, Anne Knudsen/Herald-Examiner Collection/Los Angeles Public Library.

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