Published by: Research & Education Center
Shahin’s research had culminated in publishing a number of articles in different publications, and a book – The Art of Shahin Dardashti in 1995. This book was prefaced by the late icon of the Iranian miniature painting Jalali Soosan-Abadi, and published by Research & Education Center, Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.
In this book Shahin expressed her views on art and shared her experiences and a number of her paintings with the readers. This bilingual book (in English and Farsi) consisted of chapters on schools of fine art and a series of discussions on subjects such as composition, form, color, light and perspective.
The life history of Pardees, the main character of this story, is a prototype of the lives and struggles of those Iranians who had immigrated to the U.S. after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The dire living conditions during Pardees’s childhood in the post-WW ll Iran were the same for most Iranians of her generation who immigrated to America. Those conditions created a generation with its own cultural characteristics, which had to go through cultural assimilation in the U.S. In fact, this metamorphosis was more complicated for those who had brought along their children and/or elderly parents.
The second generation of these immigrants became so Americanized that it began to threaten the cultural values of their Iranian parents
This true-life novel is about the lives, immigration and cultural assimilation of the Iranians in the U.S.A.
-Shahin Dardashti, Ph. D.