☆ A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America || ☆ PDF Download by ✓ Ronald Takaki

By Ronald Takaki | Comments: ( 954 ) | Date: ( Jan 18, 2020 )

A dramatic retelling of our nation s past by today s preeminent multiculturalism scholar, Ronald Takaki, this book examines America s history in a different mirror from the perspective of the minority peoples themselves Beginning with the colonization of the New World and ending with the Los Angeles riots of 1992, this book recounts the history of America in the voiceA dramatic retelling of our nation s past by today s preeminent multiculturalism scholar, Ronald Takaki, this book examines America s history in a different mirror from the perspective of the minority peoples themselves Beginning with the colonization of the New World and ending with the Los Angeles riots of 1992, this book recounts the history of America in the voices of the non Anglo peoples of the United States Native Americans, African Americans, Jews, Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and others groups who helped create this country s rich mosaic culture In this significant work of scholarship, Professor Takaki grapples with the raw truth of American history and examines the ultimate question of what it means to be an American.

  • Title: A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America
  • Author: Ronald Takaki
  • ISBN: 9780316831116
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Ronald Takaki

Ronald Toshiyuki Takaki was an American academic, historian, ethnographer and author.

Comments A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America

  • Mary

    In the beginning, there was only one version of American history -- the one that began with the "discovery" of North America by Europeans, particularly the English, who created a beachhead of "civilization" on the East coast and then conquered a series of "frontiers" moving westward until they "won" and became God's gift to humanity, creating a country which is like a city built on a hill shedding light and progress everywhere else on earth . That is the history I was taught in the 50's and earl [...]

  • Ahmed

    This book does not only depict the history of multi-cultural America but also predicts the future of multi-cultural America in a very pleasant and smooth way. The very beginning (A Different Mirror: the making of multicultural America) is the best part of the whole book. I just Love it. It gives general view and outline of how America has become multicultural. It is simple and straight to the point. Sometimes, you forget that you are reading a textbook full of Info, rather you think yourself rea [...]

  • Tony Zheng

    This book is about point of views from different people who came to America thinking about having a better life, but came here only be put at work, discriminated and hated. But later generations saw what their ancestors went through and put more effort into education and business because they saw the good jobs came from education. People tried to fit into the American Society but they were not so easily accepted. From the two chapters that were read which were "Searching For Gold Mountain and Pa [...]

  • Ryan Mishap

    Covers different ground than Zinn's People's GHistory, and it isn't nearly as long and sweeping, but it also covers things Zinn barely touched on or didn't mention. Especially Hawaii--where the author's family is from. Well worth reading for the history you didn't get in school. My only complaint is that he frames the whole book through "The Tempest", using Caliban as the Other through which to view the history of the so-called New World. It gets annoying after the third time.

  • B. Mason

    Takaki's sweeping text is an excellent introduction to the history of people in the United States who have been oppressed and exploited by the dominant White culture. Really, what he writes in this book is a robust, and concentrated narrative of history that does not shy away from real hurt, violence and affords the reader many opportunities to reflect on how racist and fearful policies of the past are recapitulated in a modern context. While Takaki goes into the violent and painful legacy of vi [...]

  • Arthur

    Recently a student told me how angry she was about how much of American history was "kept from her." By "kept," she was commenting on her own education and the depth of ignorance that her education created by ignoring or "whitewashing" (her word) the whole history of her country--the USA. Using only one lens left her more than half-blind. Finishing this remarkable history of immigration, our consistent use and abuse of the Other (sometimes invited, often forced, usually used, seldom valued) in o [...]

  • Yan Kadouri

    A Different Mirror : A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki is a book which provides the readers with perspectives of people who come form different cultures and how they are accepted by the American people but also Ronald Takaki does a good job in taking this events form the past and attaching them to modern day society and how the idea of racism has not disappeared.A on going theme is us against them because on one side the owners who are bringing this racism to the different race [...]

  • Gary Land

    This is the second time that I have read this book. It is a highly readable history of American immigration and ethnic history, of interest to both the scholar and layman. My only criticism is that Takaki concentrates so much on the difficulties--racial prejudice, legal discrimination, etc.--, all of which is certainly true, that he neglects to explain why immigrants kept coming to the United States and what happened to them into the third and fourth generation that was born in America. Nonethel [...]

  • Korel

    This book and Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States are the typical coming-of-age my-high-school-history-class-didn't-mention-that-capitalism-is-oppressive-ah-ha! books. These books also tend to be a foundation for many of us white folks to start understanding racism as something real, still alive, and the basis of our economy. Be sure to read something light hearted at the same time, unless you have a strong sense of optimism.

  • Aaron

    Social History (as opposed to "official" history) has emerged as its own genre in recent years. Perhaps its most famous book is Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. I'll also add to that my personal favorite American Nations. These books eschew the standard fare "big events" or "names and dates" approach to history to focus on the human aspect. Some do this better than others. I'm not opposed to the "big event" type of history - they are, after all, big events. But I support th [...]

  • Francesca Calarco

    I tend to be skeptical of books covering broad stretches of history, and this was then compounded by the number of groups Takaki sought to represent (e.g Native Americans, African Americans, Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, Mexican Americans, Jewish Americans, Irish Americans, etc.). That said, this collection was well executed and is definitely worth a read. Due to Takaki's objective of re-examining deep American history through the lens of disenfranchised groups, everyone and their mothe [...]

  • Kate

    Has an interesting premise, but doesn't quite have the depth I expected. It mostly consisted of a series of formulaic tales of woe—here is how group X came to America, and how decent and hard-working they were, and how the Anglos mistreated them, and here is how group Y came here, and also worked hard and was decent, and was also mistreated, etc. I guess there might still be people out there who have prejudices about minorities and aren't aware that this country has a history of racism and eth [...]

  • Sharon Lee

    A lot of students (myself included) lack true knowledge and understanding of real history. Growing up in a public school I was not taught or told of the stories of minority groups, rather only the victories of America and how the US "made a way" for other countries. Takaki includes personal experiences as well as the experiences of oppressed minority groups in order to present the notion of "A different mirror". Many people below have commented on Takaki's credibility and writing; however, he is [...]

  • Danielle Forward

    This book should be required reading in U.S. schools. Empowering, liberating, and enlightening, this book has given me so much clarity on how and why things in the United States exist as they are for all the different races that reside here. U.S. history is finally told from the perspective of Native Americans, African Americans, and immigrant groups whose stories are normally untold. Takaki is an excellent writer and a thorough researcher.The most important contribution this book has, though, i [...]

  • Josefina Duran

    This is a REAL history book. Im pretty upset at myself for not have taken a class with Ronald Takaki while I attended Berkeley. This should be a high school text book. Although there are many truths to people's histories and as the author mention not everyone's histories are presented in this book. If you ever wonder why a group of people are in this land, this is the book to reveal that and much more. This book exposes the truths of the atrocities committed to native people, language, culture a [...]

  • Kathy Jones

    Thank you Anna Teggatz for recommending this book to me. It took me a while to read because there is so much to digest. This history book should be required reading in all schools. Often times I think our American history is Anglo biased, leaving out the rest of us feeling marginalized or not significant enough to warrant more than a paragraph or a chapter at best. Our collective history of how we came to be citizens of this great nation is humbling and heartbreaking. There are so may parallels [...]

  • Danika at The Lesbrary

    This was probably not the best book to listen to as an audiobook. It has a lot of facts and stats, and I feel like I zoned out quite a bit. This was an interesting overview of the history of the US from various racial/ethnic viewpoints, but in trying to cover so many different groups over such a long time period, it did feel disconnected at times.

  • Sheila

    A _MUST READ_ panoramic history that blows away the stereotypical image of the United States as a happy melting pot. Using primary sources, Takaki shows how the bourgeoisie consciously used institutional racism to expand and maintain capitalism at the expense of Native Americans, Africans and Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, Irish, Jewish and other immigrant groups. Riveting.

  • Vonnie

    I read this book as an assignment for my history class. It was long, but not difficult. I learned a lot about the multi-cultural building of the United States. I was previously unaware of how difficult it has been for minorities in the U.S. I am left with many questions, especially regarding how we as a nation can come together as one nation, under God.

  • Daniela

    Similar to Zinns "Peoples History", except with a slightly different focus. Very interesting and informative.

  • Pamela

    This book changed my life. My gratitude to you Dr. Takaki for taking the time to compose this quality history book.

  • Michelle

    4.5/5This was a "textbook" for one of my classes, but I recommend this to everyone, not only to get a picture of the cultural identity of America, but to also understand how much racism, bigotry, injustice, and violence immigrant groups have had to tolerate. This is vitally important, now more than ever, because our country is at such a battleground state right now when it comes to social issues and issues involving minority groups. Our president-elect and all the extremists of his party are see [...]

  • Bookworm

    Good primer but would need supplemental resources. This book looks at the history of the United States as told by people who came to the country in search for a better life. It is not strictly about immigrating to the US in itself, but rather why and how they came here and what challenges, successes, prejudices, etc. they encountered while trying to make their way on this land. It is quite dense (in a good way) in the text of the groups that came (or how they adapted/coped in the case of Native [...]

  • Barb Cherem

    This was one of the most illuminating book I've read due to the fact that it's such a little-known set of histories. It was not a book I could skim through, as each page had some fresh nugget of new information. It is also a sad book which--- together with the 80 pages of notes in back,--- made it a tough read. I had to keep taking "breaks" from it, as it was a lot to process both in my head and in my heart. However, I really thought it so worthwhile.I will likely craft a couple courses for our [...]

  • Michael Ponsler

    Horribly maudlin leftist propaganda pushing the white supremacist narrative supported only by anecdotes & excerpts of poetry and diary entries referencing random incidents of interpersonal conflicts. Takaki had an obvious obsession with race and held unresolved resentments. This is the epitome of virtue signaling. The chapter titled Shakespeare's Dream about America was torturous!! It's the only Takaki book I've read (likely the last) but it leaves me thinking the guy would've been a fine fi [...]

  • Melissa Carlson

    History was my least favorite subject in school, but this book had me hooked. There's incredible history behind the cultural minorities in America that most never learn about in school. How different groups got to America, what unique challenges they faced once they got here, their struggle to be given a chance at the "American dream," and how the slow-moving changes occurred that brought about better lives for their children's children. I'd highly recommend this book for anyone interested in be [...]

  • Tom Schulte

    From the cover and the author's last name, I assumed over 400 pages of Nisei recollection. Interesting enough, but a couple of years before I started to dive in. Nisei and Issei together aren't even a chapter in this book wide in scope of the spectrum of immigrant experience. It starts pre-colonial and wraps up quickly after WW II. Covering Africans, Irish, Chinese (barred from citizenship by pre-WWI "white"-only Federal laws), Japanese (unable to own land in California as late as the '40s) and [...]

  • James

    an interesting narrative about an America, and Americans, that most white Americans never think about honestly, we all know there is no such thing as 'race' or 'nation' or 'American' but people who are advantaged (or not disadvantaged) by the terms are loathe to let them go Takaki tells simple stories about 'other' Americans, the immigrants that have built this nation from its inception with so much focus in 2018 about 'illegals' and 'those people' and 'undocumented' Americans would be well-serv [...]

  • Dorian

    A great narrative retelling of the American identity blending creative works, differing experiences, looking through the looking glass away from the mainstream telling of America. It is as refreshing as it is sad that many of us have to wait until deep into adulthood to see ourselves woven into the fabric of the American story. I can see why this book is so beloved. Ronald Takaki weaved a tale that exhibits the multidimensionality of the American identity construct. A great book as a countervail [...]

  • Amanda Erickson

    This book gives readers a look into the American history many of us were never taught about in school – at least not in depth. It tells us the truth about many aspects of this country’s foundation and the events that aren’t necessarily pretty enough for typical history books.Takaki relays American history from the eyes of the people who participated in it, the people who are hardly acknowledged for their part in building America. Takaki breaks the book up into four portions: Part One: Foun [...]

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