• LOS ANGELES AND TEHRAN - THE DIFFERENCES

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    This 4-page paper contrasts Tehran, Iran with Los Angeles, California, pointing out the differences between the two cities, and what the newcomer from Tehran to L.A. can expect. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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    LOS ANGELES AND TEHRAN - THE DIFFERENCES 8/2004 Please   If you mention two cities - Los Angeles, California and Tehran, Iran, and ask someone to compare and contrast them, the  response is likely to be some laughter. Though these two cities are huge, sprawling metropolises (that tend to be limited in public transportation - though L.A. is working hard to  convert itself into a "mass transit" city), there are many differences that would have the newcomer from Tehran to Los Angeles scratching his head (likewise, the visitor from L.A. to  Tehran). The first major difference is that the concept of "fast food" - Los Angeles style - isnt really found in Tehran.  Mealtimes (for lunch) can vary between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., with dinner often eaten after 9:00 p.m. (Atieh Bahar Consulting, 2004). This is because eating isnt necessarily a matter of  swallowing food and moving on to the next activity. Rather, meal times in Tehran are social occasions, an excuse for people to get together and chat (Atieh Bahar Consulting, 2004).  In addition, its considered in poor taste to refuse food when its offered (Atieh Bahar Consulting, 2004). Compare this to dining in Los Angeles, where the standard mealtime is probably  about an hour long (if that, unless someone is working and is on a lunch break). The idea that people can linger over meals (especially at night) for two and  three hours would be almost laughable in Los Angeles - and if a person doesnt like food (or is too full), there is little hesitation when it comes to refusing 

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