Los Angeles is so…Los Angeles! You know? With it’s palm trees and kids beat-boxing on the street and the Hollywood glam and the beachwear and the highways and the fast foods. The Iranians there struck me as a completely different type of diasporic community. In a way, they are as Iranian as they are American: they carry both identities with pride and having assimilated quite seamlessly, display their heritage — or their own version of it — with conviction. Of course, there is a wide spectrum in which this behaviour takes place, and it’s mostly applicable to those within the ‘Iranian community’ per se.