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A Different Mirror by Ronald Takaki
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Dec 10, 08

really liked it

Takaki emphasized that America’s history is understood differently depending on what mirror it is viewed through. He wrote, “We can be certain that much of our society’s future will be influenced by which ‘mirror’ we chose to view ourselves” (p. 17). Therefore, his book told the ethnic history of some of the United States’ most influential minorities. Takaki’s record of these histories was interspersed with a plethora of historic writing, poetry, and songs that began to convey the deep tapestry of cultures that have made their imprint on the American story. In this way, even centuries of oppression and hate were told with a depth and pride that celebrated the multicultural history of America. It is a truer picture of America that makes room for contributions from outside one’s own ethnic bubble.

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