An active member of both the Iranian and Canadian communities, Massoume has been living in Canada since 1981. She is a social anthropologist born in Iran and was educated in Iran and United Kingdom at London University, Kings and University Colleges. Since 1995, she has devoted all her time researching Iranian culture and her many articles published in Iran and America have attracted a large audience.
She has written extensively on many aspects of Iranian culture, such as, codes of behavior, male/female and parent/children relationships. Her web site, www.cultureofiran.com, is used extensively as an on-line reference source. The site provides credible information on history, symbolism, evolution and present practices of major Iranian rites, ceremonies festivals and codes of behavior etc. The site has become a focal point for both researchers and general public with respect to Iranian culture.
She has been a speaker at a number of functions and organizations such as the "Center for Iranian Research and Analysis" (CIRA) at the University of Toronto and the Anthropology Museum in Vancouver. She has been interviewed by CBC radio with regards to the Iranian New Year (No Ruz) as well as other events and has been a host on Fanny Kiefer's popular talk show, Studio 4 on Shaw cable. She has been extensively involved in organizing lectures, concerts, exhibitions and facilitating exchange and interaction between the Iranians and the Canadian community at large. She is also a commissioner on the Board of Vancouver Museum.
She has produced a reference book on the Iranian culture for ABC-CLIO, a major publisher of educational literature in the United States. The book titled, The Diverse People?s of Iran was published in July 2005 and can be viewed at the publisher?s on-line catalogue at the www.abc-clio.com . She has also been a consultant for the Iranian culture series published by Crabtree Books in 2005 in Toronto.
Currently she is also working on producing a number of educational DVDs on Iranian culture for use in public libraries in North America and a book on fashions, styles and beauty concepts in Iran, from ancient to modern times.
She is also a freelance consultant on issues related to Iranian culture and advices and produces material with respect to legal issues related to Iranians in cases such as divorce, child custody and other compensations.