Questions about others cannot be asked without fear of causing offense at the same time that opportunists seek to make a profit on an offhand remark and the legislation helps create a larger problem than the one it is intended to solve. However, Bissoondath’s arguments are not well-supported nor are they well-defined. With support from other writers, though, his arguments regarding the result of multiculturalism being a closing of racial interactions, its tendency to produce fear-mongering opportunists and its propensity for creating a larger problem seem to be valid.
The first problem with multiculturalism, according to Bissoondath, is the restriction it places on individual communication between people of different cultural backgrounds. Despite any attempts otherwise, there are inherently misconceptions held by people of other backgrounds that only interaction can counteract. The author relates the example of a man who felt all East Indians revered cockroaches and was happy to have his East Indian neighbor once he learned this was not so. “It is difficult to recognize one’s own misconceptions” (Bissoondath: 75). Wayson Choy uses himself as an example of what the absence of multiculturalism did for him.