Give reasons why Behrani has not assimilated to the American culture?

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Behrani and his family, upper class society in Iran, were forced to escape in fear of their lives.  They did not leave Iran willingly, they had a wonderful life of luxury in Iran.  Behrani stole an airplane and transported his family out of Iran first to France and then to the United States. 

He is desperate to keep his family in the lifestyle that they are accustomed to and spends most of his savings on a charade, pretending to be earning a big salary, when in fact all he is able to do is work on a road crew and moonlight at a convenience store.  He keeps all this from his family.

Behrani is a man of deep traditions, his culture and the appreciation he has for his heritage are at the core of who he is.  He also bears a strong resentment for the involvement the United States played in Iran during the Cold War.

"For instance, we learn in a chilling scene remembered with distaste by Colonel Behrani that the U.S. had trained the Shah's secret police (the dreaded SAVAK) in their methods of brutal torture, which later earned the country the sobriquet of "The Great Satan."

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