Through three generations of the “family tree” characters of You Bring the Distant Near, readers will begin to understand the Bengali culture, and each family member’s transition to an American culture. This is a coming of age novel, and a marvelous global read for young adults.
How can one retain their culture, while taking on a new one? How can one “unite” two different cultures?
Included in this packet, readers will record the Das family members’ traits, using evidence from the novel, a compilation of “good Bengali” behavior, evidence of Bengali culture in each chapter, and a list of how someone from another country can become a real “American.” In addition, there are 13 essays students can write to show their critical thinking about important issues in this novel, which include using evidence from the book in each piece of writing.