Racism In The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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Before the 9/11 event happened, people did not really know about South Asian countries or the Arab world. However, now these countries are the focus of attention post 9/11 as they became associated with terrorists and acts of terrorism. The attitudes of pre-diverse America is widely popular again. There is a rise of patriotism and racism harm inflicted towards Muslims. People with Muslim origin, Muslim last names, and Muslim-like physical features become targets of discrimination in the United States. New coverage, Hollywood movies, and the media in general influenced by the heightened fear of terrorists has exaggerated the perceived threat in reality. The ways South Asians are portrayed in media have been reflected in the way the government and society as a whole view them. In The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the author Mohsin Hamid writes about how the main character, Changez, an Pakistani goes through the process of racialization. Changez is a hardworking and intelligent young man who made his way from Pakistan to Princeton University in the United States. There are many examples of racist stereotyping, hate crimes, and racial violence during Changez’s stay in America. His own experiences of racialization has forced him to abandon all of the prestige he worked so hard to build up. He eventually leaves America in the near the end of the novel. In this essay, I intend to explore the ways the novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist uses racial experiences in order to better
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