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Ryan Qassemy
Ryan Qassemy
A black-and-white selfie of myself.
(Spring of 2013)
Native name Rāyān Qāsemi
Born Ali Qassemy (Ali Qāsemi)
(1996-02-25) February 25, 1996 (age 18)
Central Tehran, Iran
Residence Tehran
Ethnicity Persian
Religion Naturalist (Absolute believer)
Instagram: ryanqassemy

Ryan Qassemy (Persian: Rāyān Qāsemi‎), born Ali Qassemy (Persian: Ali Qāsemi‎), on February 25, 1996. An active Wikipedian in the English Wikipedia, who reviews the articles relating to his homeland, and tries to improve them.


I was born and raised in Central Tehran, Iran.

In May 2013, I got graduated from the IRIB Art School (located at Saeadat Abad) with the diploma of Animation, and in June 2014, I got my pre-university diploma of Fine Arts (general studies) from Kamal ol Molk Art School (located at Pahlavi Street near Tajrish).

Beliefs and ideological trends[edit]

Religiously, I introduce myself as a naturalist and Absolute believer. John A.T. Robinson's Honest to God is a convenient source for understanding how these two ideas can go along.

As a brief and general explanation, I can say that in fact, there is no conflict between them. From a deeper perspective, I believe in the Absolute, but not in the role of a separate existence. Definition of the Absolute, from a naturalistic view, is "the ground of (our) being", as Tillich called it.

As a leftist living in a country being ruled by a "theocratic" government, just like my fellow country people, liberty and equality have been always the two main issues for me. I'm a liberalist, secularist and egalitarianist, against all of the rules and trends which are against the human rights.

For me, the ideal land is where everything would be managed respecting the rights of all individuals, regardless of their religions, races, or sexual identities and orientations.

Interests and favorites[edit]

I'm interested in communicating with foreigners, and talking English. French and Russian are my favorite languages, after English, but I only know the English and my native language (Persian). I like walking, eating, talking, singing, taking photographs, making short clips, and creating artistic stuffs. I also like reading and writing, for the information I can get and provide, but I'm not a book-person in general.

Foods and beverages[edit]

A cup of espresso, with Napolitains

I usually have hot drinks with the least or no sugar, and I'm not a fan of too much sugary or sour stuffs. Espresso and latte are my favorite coffees. I prefer non-carbonated drinks, and I generally abstain from drinking carbonated ones. Up to now, Russian Standard has been my favorite vodka.

I'm averse to sweet (sugary) and sour material in hot dishes. Cooked carrots, sour lemons and pickled cucumbers are examples of those material. However, I'm okay with cool pickled cucumbers. Foodstuffs such as fruit strips and tamarind are also out of my circle of interest.

I'm a big fan of cheddar cheeseed foodstuffs. Garlic bread, cheesy popcorn, and cheese crisps (or as I call them, "cheese chips") are my favorites.

Some of my favorite dishes include lasagna, pastas, cutlets, shishlik, and ta'chin.


From classical to hop hop, I listen to all of the musical genres. I listen to English, Persian, French and some Russian music.

My English-singing favorites are Lady Gaga, P!nk, Tove Lo, Lana Del Rey, and Adele, and my favorite bands include Linkin Park and Evanescence. I also have some specific feelings for Miley Cyrus, since the Hannah Montana thing.

For classical Persian music, I'd go with Faramarz Aslani, Googoosh, and Farhad Mehrad. Darya Dadvar's performances are also great examples of traditional and classical Iranian music. Rana Farhan and Madmazel are my choices for Persian jazz and pop. Zedbazi's Mehran Hidden is my favorite voice of the whole Persian hip hop, and I have so much memories with their music. I also like specific works of Sogand and Behzad Leito.

Cœur de pirate and Kyo are my French favorites. Specific works of the Russian band t.A.T.u. are also memorable for me.

Cinema and television[edit]

Despite that I have studied Animation in the high school, I prefer live-action films. However, Persepolis is one of my high rated favorite films. Too much fictional movies are not my thing and I generally prefer the real life stories. Amélie, Silver Linings Playbook, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Juno, and Stuck in Love are some of my favorites.

I don't watch series that much, but How I Met Your Mother is the best television series I've ever seen. Right now, A&E's Bates Motel is the only series that I'm following.

Johnny Depp, Marion Cotillard, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris, Vera Farmiga, Sandra Bullock, Chloë Grace Moretz, Emma Stone, Ellen Page, Nazanin Boniadi, and Leila Hatami are my favorite cinema artists.

Regions and places[edit]

Out of my country, I'd travel to Paris, Moscow, Milan, London, New York City and Los Angeles. In Iran, I love my homeland, Tehran.

Some of my favorite places of Tehran are the Nation Park, Ab o Atash Park, Pahlavi Street, Ekbatan Town, Azadi Tower, and Milad Tower.

And my other favorite regions of Iran include Kish Island, Tabriz, Shiraz, and Espahan.