This statement is given by Erica's father when he meets Changez for dinner at her home in New York. The father is an average, overly-opinionated American who is just speaking from experience in order to find similar ground with his guest. However, his efforts are insensitive and ignorant to Changez's feelings. Erica's father seemed to be making generalizations in his mind because he also mentioned that the Pakistani he knew never drank alcohol. Changez tells Erica's father that he does drink, though, possibly to solidify the fact that not all Pakistanis are alike, just like judging one American for the behavior of another is unfair. The above-stated quote puts Americans in a poorly insensitive light and is representative if the feelings of possibly most Americans at the time, or at least as Changez sees it.