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    In December of 1998, The Deseret News of Utah, featured a story about Mr. Jahanbin on front page of their Education section.  The staff reporter is clearly oblivious of how... More »

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American Dreamers 1998 Last Updated on 2009-09-27 00:00:00 In December of 1998, The Deseret News of Utah, featured a story about Mr. Jahanbin on front page of their Education section.  The staff reporter is clearly oblivious of how Payman was really using "current events to teach his students," as we see in chapter 10, "I did not have sex with that women Monica Lewinsky." I can promise you, graduates of that class are well-informed, staunch, liberal Democrats. I would have been fired promptly, at any other school, ceremoniously excommunicated and stoned to death. *** Eesa was in the class that spanned the Clinton impeachment. As with the rest of the world, my students could not understand all the fuss over a little ‘spanky spanky.’ The Somali ladies made good use of their colorful scarves to hide their giggles. Especially during the infamous ‘stained dress’ episode, the scarves would be adjusted to cover their mouths... More »
S.L. Teacher of the Year Does More Than Educate Students Last Updated on 2009-09-27 00:00:00 In 1996, The Salt Lake School District awarded Payman Teacher of The Year.  This strange but exciting news came to Payman on the day he learned that an evil Islamic Judge was in the school as described in chapter 9, Rats With Hats.   Arash said, “He is the Judge who issued the death sentences to everyone in my prison. He is a killer. He must be arrested!” *** The bearded man stuffed a big portion in his frogmouth, wiped his greasy lips with the back of his hand and stood up. He carried the tray to the kitchen counter and turned to leave. I could see his face better. His eyes were watery gray. I saw hard mucus crust in the corner of his eyes. - Excerpted from Camel Jockey Go Home. S.L. Teacher of the Year Does More Than Educate Students (580px, full page 800px, PDF) Teacher of The Year, 1995, Payman Jahanbin, Salt Lake Tribune Article More »
The Valley's Real Wild Flowers Eager, Active Vietnamese Children Last Updated on 2009-09-27 00:00:00 Payman was thrust into the role of ambassador to the first wave of Vietnamese refugees to arrive in Salt Lake City in 1980. He advocated for, and wrote about them often.  This 1985 article was the first one published in the local paper and the basis of chapter 7, ‘Undesirables?’ I Was The One Who Killed Jesus. I will never forget Huy. He was short, agile, and nimble. He moved around like a basketball player. He was a ball of fire. The kids called him ‘Helicopter’. Often he came to class late. He opened the door quickly and sank into his seat noiselessly. He never gave me a chance to protest. He didn’t like the name ‘Helicopter’. It reminded him of a tragic part of his young life story. His father fastened him to his back with rope in the last minutes as Saigon was handed to the communists. Huy’s Father carried him to a helicopter. He told of how his sister was... More »
Asian Refugees Formidable Journey Preliminary Steps to Coping in U.S. Last Updated on 2009-09-27 00:00:00 This article is only one is a series of stories Payman wrote and published on the subject beginning with this one. These are the stories of the South East Asian Refugees who came to Salt Lake City in waves throughout the eighties. Utah barely noticed these people at the time. Asian Refugees Formidable Journey Preliminary Steps to Coping in U.S. (580px, full page 800px, PDF)   Asian Refugees Formidable Journey Preliminary Steps to Coping in U.S. More »