by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography

Celebrating Cultures

For the Davodi-Far-Wu family, embracing the many cultures of the world is a way of life. “I am Iranian, while David is half Chinese, part French, and part Dutch. Our boys are a blend, so we focus on exposing them to their family’s ethnic backgrounds and heritages. They attend both Chinese school and Iranian school, so they are studying those languages as a part of their everyday learning. Wherever life’s journey takes our boys, if they can speak multiple languages, then they can connect with a greater number of people,” related Maryam Davodi-Far.

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Maryam, a professor at National University, and David, who works for a Fortune 500 company, met in the mid-1990s while working at UCSD’s School of Medicine. Both Maryam and David have a passion for learning and continuing their educations. Maryam holds a doctorate degree in public administration and is currently a psychotherapist-in-training, working on her licensure. David earned a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, a master’s degree in business administration, and also a juris doctorate. They have passed on their love of learning and personal growth to their two sons, Jet and Taj. “Jet is nine years old and loves to fence at Team Touché. He has an innate curiosity and loves science and art. Taj is five years old and loves soccer and chess. He also enjoys drawing and creates story boards of his own comics,” revealed Maryam.

“Wherever life’s journey takes our boys, if they can speak multiple languages, then they can connect with a greater number of people.” – Maryam Davodi-Far

Giving back to the community is important to the Davodi-Far-Wu family and they strongly believe in the philosophy, “Create goodness. Live well.” In 2004, David and Maryam co-founded Cancer Coping Center, a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization. “This group of professionals volunteers their time and expertise in order to help relieve the suffering of those afflicted with cancer by providing coping strategies for patients, families, and caregivers,” explained Maryam.

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In addition to school, work, and volunteer endeavors, the Davodi-Far-Wu family enjoys spending time with one another. “We keep our calendar manageable and do not overcommit ourselves. Evenings throughout the week are set aside for family time, homework, and time to rest. We take a break from cooking during the weekends and enjoy going to some of our favorite restaurants,” stated Maryam. The family also attends meetings and events for the San Diego Bonsai Club, enjoys gem and rock collecting, traveling, and spending time at Torrey Pines State Beach, their favorite San Diego area beach.


Parents: David Wu and Maryam Davodi-Far
Children: Jet (4th grade, Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, Golden Dragon After School Program, Iranian School of San Diego), Taj (Kindergarten, Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy, Golden Dragon After School Program, Iranian School of San Diego)
Community: Carmel Valley
Hometowns: Maryam – San Diego; David – Los Angeles
Occupations: David – Attorney and Philanthropist; Maryam – Professor, Philanthropist, and Psychotherapist-in-Training

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