Professor Karim Reacts to U.S. Military Strike in Iran

Monday, January 06, 2020

LOS ANGELES TIMES -- One of those feeling anxious in the attack’s aftermath was Persis Karim, who was at dinner with friends from college when a text message popped up on her cell phone telling her that Suleimani had been killed.

“I immediately just thought, this is so terrible,” said Karim, director of the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at San Francisco State University. “You can be critical and have feelings of disdain for a regime that murders its own people, and still believe that war is not going to be any kind of solution.”

Still, she said, it’s hard not to worry.

“I think Iranian Americans don’t see themselves as one or the other — they see it as, ‘These are both my homes, these are both my nations.’”