How is Afghan culture or tradition shown in The Kite Runner?

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In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Afghan culture or traditions are shown in a variety of ways, perhaps most clearly in how acceptable it is to discriminate against the ethnic Hazara who live in the country. Essentially, the book is about best friends Amir and Hassan. Although Amir is a wealthy Sunni Muslim and Hassan is a poor Shi'a Muslim and ethnic Hazara, the two boys love one another. Nevertheless, it is clear throughout the book that there is tremendous decimation against Hassan, and it is acceptable and even discussed openly.

After flying the kite, Amir loses track of Hassan and runs through the streets searching for him. He sees an old merchant and stops him to ask if he has seen Hassan. The man demands, “What is a boy like you doing here at this time of the day looking for a Hazara?" The man is unashamed to refer to Hassan this way, as “a Hazara,” although it is clear how insultingly he intends it. The merchant then says, “Lucky Hazara, having such a concerned master....

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