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…

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Arash has been writing stories ever since he could hold a pencil! What started out as an intrinsic love for storytelling has turned into his lifelong passion. There’s nothing he likes better than writing (and reading) stories that is humorous in English and Persian languages, with a touch of Suspense and a poignant streak of truth running through them. Arash is also a YouTuber, Persian singer/songwriter, blogger, traveler, filmmaker, big dreamer, and professional kabob eater. When he’s not writing or dreaming up new stories, you can find him in an adventure road-tripping to national parks! If you want to see Arash in his element (ranting about stories) check out his YouTube channel.

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