In the monologue from AM I JEWISH?, ARASH talks to the audience about the issues he has with his aquaintances and his parents, especially in the face of his quarentine in a jewish household.
ARASH: I come from a family that never had any faith in me. They all had this poor man’s mentality and they were jewish.I am muslim and i think nobody needs to settle for what they are born into, there’s always a possibility to grow spiritually.
I don’t want to put my family down but the truth is in the facts. I grew up very poor and not being given education in a muslim country. Everything were hands on downs even the information i was being told. If I needed a sweater, my mother would knit me one, there was no word as ‘shopping’. I looked like a girl up until a few years ago because I was always wearing girls hand me downs.
Both my parents never strived for anything more than what they could see in front of their faces. My father, he’s a factory worker In down town la and my mother does house work on the side, when it’s available. It was always go to school and get a job. It was never build your own business and follow what you want to do, no books or intelligent talks especially if you are good at it. Even though I live on my own and have found success, I’m not one bit happy. Yeah, I could get my mother’s broken sink fixed or surprise my dad with a new set of tools, but I always get the feeling that I’m looked down upon, you know? Like they aren’t happy for me and it hurts even i dont know where the mosques are nowadays. I dont even know how to do wudu either.For once I’d like to get told I’m doing a good job, like I’m somewhat appreciated…