In Flight, Alexie seems to be asking whether or not self-hatred can be neutralized through assimilation – that is, can Zits’s hatred of his own Indian-ness be dissolved into a claiming of his whiteness? Indeed whiteness itself is a product of assimilation, with Irish, Italian, German, and other European ethnicities blending within the “melting pot” to create a new racial paradigm.
A dream world shaped by children's desires.
On the other side of dreams is a world called Nou, where children can escape the trauma of the waking world. Befriending creatures of cloth and stitch, the children from across the veil explore and play to their hearts' content, able to shape the world itself to their desires.
But inevitably, contact between two worlds will leave both changed forever.