White Teeth

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I found the book White Teeth to be very interesting, it tackled a lot of issues that maybe somewhat common nowadays but approached it in a very universal way so that anyone from any background could understand it. The book touches on what it’s like for families of different cultural backgrounds to come together and live somewhere completely unlike where they are from and try to teach their children to keep their the families traditional ways of life.

This task can be very hard for immigrant families of every culture. People try and keep their values and their culture alive through their children, but the only the reason the parents know it from their surroundings and their own families before them. But when you immigrate to a new land and try and raise your children there, you have taken them out of those surroundings and the new place becomes what they adapt and learn from. This is why a lot of the second generations of immigrants often speak both languages and then the third speaks only English and possibly little to none of their original language.

I can relate a lot to this book because I grew up in a multicultural household. My mother was American and my father Mexican. Growing up I learned a lot of both sides and as a I child I think I was more amerced in it, I was the second generation and when you’re young you have that real sense of identity in your culture because it’s there, your parents laid it out for you and it’s what you know. But as you get older when you start to look for your own identity some of that background is lost because it’s at home, it’s a part of that life and now it’s time for you to find your own.

In the book Samad tries to keep his values and cultural background alive through his son’s by sending them back to Bangladesh where they are from, but only has enough to send one son so he sends Magid, the smarter of the two who he felt would benefit the most from the experience. Despite Samad’s best intentions Magid ends...
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