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‘I feel different now —today, I’m thinking of going places’: VANCOUVER, JUNE 12

KEN MACQUEEN July 1 2002
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‘I feel different now —today, I’m thinking of going places’: VANCOUVER, JUNE 12

KEN MACQUEEN July 1 2002

‘I feel different now —today, I’m thinking of going places’: VANCOUVER, JUNE 12

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In a Vancouver courtroom, at 2 p.m., 80 people from 16 nations simultaneously recited the Oath of Citizenship. Among them was Simin Hosseinzadeh, 23, whose father, Ata, and mother, Marzy Hamed, own a downtown deli.

I AM FROM THE SOUTH OF IRAN. We

came to Canada in 1997. My parents were thinking of moving to some other place for so long. They had cousins here—they talked to them and that’s how they decided to move to Canada. Everything they were looking for was in Canada.

I was nervous because I was moving without knowing what to expect. It was a big change, but I am happy now. At the beginning, yes, the language was hard. I could not watch TV. I could not answer the phone. I could not talk to anyone. I was in school and then I left to get married in Iran. While I was gone my parents became citizens. I’m going back to school soon to study business management.

My husband is waiting for his visa. Hopefully it will not be longer than a few months. In Iran he is an engineer of agricultural biogenetics. I am waiting for him

to come to Canada and then we can start our new life. We haven’t started it as other people do after they get married—we did not make our home. That is my next step in life. I’m going to finish my studies and then apply for a job. At the deli? No, they don’t pay good!

I feel different now. I like to travel and I know with my Canadian passport I can travel almost anywhere in the world I want. That’s a good feeling I have. I know I can vote now, but I’m not thinking about that. Not today. Today, I’m thinking of going places. I?H

KEN MACQUEEN