In The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid, Changez describes his initial experiences in America in the first three chapters. Why does he include this in his story to the American?

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Changez wants to show the American with whom he is speaking in Pakistan that he understands America as if he were a citizen. The best example of this might be when he has a bit of movie banter with a coworker. The movie was "Top Gun" and a guy named Wainwright says, "No points for second best, Maverick" and Changez can repeat the next line automatically by responding, "You're dangerous, Ice Man" (35). By telling this to the American guest, he is sowing that he's a fun and relaxed guy! He wants the American to think he is not the stereotypical Pakistani or Muslim that Americans tend to associate with 9/11. Changez subliminally hopes to gain the American's sympathy and trust by describing situations like this. Stories like this help to create a common ground upon which trust can grow.