Reading multicultural and international fiction offers us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in unfamiliar cultures and settings, to enter into a conversation among different voices and cultures!
I love reading! It is important to read in order to understand people better! The best and most anthologized writers powerfully conveys the reality of human experiences, relationships, and communities, thus forging connections among people and cultures.
It also enables us to "evaluate human relationships in an attempt to understand better the meanings of community in our own pluralistic and multicultural society" (Gillespie, Fonseca, & Sanger, 1998, p. xxi).
Fiction written from a multicultural perspective offers students the paradoxical experience of both confronting that which is foreign and different and simultaneously confronting that which is highly personal and familiar.
This recognition of oneself in others can be Unifying and Regenerative, according to the Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes (1998).
He said: "People and their cultures perish in isolation, but they are born or reborn in contact with other men and women, with men and women of another culture, another creed, another race. If we do not recognize our humanity in others, we will not recognize it in ourselves."
(Fuentes, in Gillespie, Fonseca, & Sanger, p. xxi)