109: Edwidge Danticat on how literature connects us
"We can take away many layers of ignorance by sharing our stories." Novelist Edwidge Danticat shows us that art can help us understand each other, build connections, and remove prejudices.
The power of art is that it can travel throughout the ages.
"There were times, though, that she wanted to just take off,
leave Ville Rose, leave Haiti and never come back."
In my writing, I've covered immigration.
We're always going through cycles of immigration
where immigrants are scapegoated.
I was separated from my parents for eight years, in Haiti,
while they were working here in the United States.
So, for me, that's worth exploring,
because the more we know about people,
the less likely we are to be prejudiced against them.
"There was not much English spoken in the factories where se worked.
Everyone there had come from someplace else."
When we read a book or when we hear a story, we know that storyteller
better than sometimes we know people in our own lives.
We can take away many layers of ignorance by sharing our stories.
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