It’s becoming more obvious to lots of people nowadays that we need to read stories that don’t align with our own lifestyles. Whatever shape that takes, whether it’s LGBT+ fiction or reports of life in far-flung countries, people are finally starting to understand that as the world becomes more globalised, we need to be able to empathise with others in new ways.
That’s not always easy to do, because understanding another person’s experience is so difficult that for millennia philosophers have been debating whether it’s even possible. But what we can all do is try, and books like Nguyen’s The Refugees are a small way to do just that. Read more