by Emily T Harris
I’ve known Marcie Monsef, or rather she has known me, since my birth. In fact, we share a name: Marzieh, her legal name, is my middle name. Marcie is my stepfather’s mother and has always been an important part of my life.
In contrast to the majority of Iranian immigrants who relocated to the US after the Revolution in 1979 (Bakalian and Bozorgmehr), Marcie Monsef moved from Tehran, Iran to Los Angeles, California on December 17, 1967. Marcie, only twenty-one years old at the time, spoke no English and had never lived away from her family. The reason for this drastic change was love and the desire to live with her husband, Johnny, who was in the United States as a student studying at California Polytechnic State University at Pomona. The couple had been married several years earlier, and Johnny had already lived in Texas between 1962 and 1964 when he worked for the Iranian Air Force. However, the move was decidedly temporary, and Marcie and Johnny planned to return to Iran after Johnny received his degree.
Place of Origin
Place of Settlement
San Jose, CA