Most people would assume they would pick up a copy of “Mexico” by Josh Barkan and read short stories with a variety of perspectives from people of color…except most people would be wrong. Because “Mexico” has merely a few stories with characters of actual Mexican heritage. Most stories are told through the eyes of American immigrants who have landed in Mexico. This could have been an interesting view on Mexican culture, but instead it doesn’t really add anything new for the reader—there’s nothing to learn. There is much violence and drug activity depicted, which is surely realistic to much of Mexican life, but that view tends to make all of the stories seem like they are about the same topic and the same people. If you want to find out about Mexican culture, I would suggest reading something from a person of color’s perspective (not just another white guy).
Book Review: “Mexico” from a White Person’s Perspective