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Book by professor Takaki about non-european immigrant experiences.

A different mirror: by Ronald Takaki

A different mirror:

a history of multicultural America

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Upon its first publication, A Different Mirror was hailed by critics and academics everywhere as a dramatic new retelling of our nation’s past. Beginning with the colonization of the New World, it recounted the history of America in the voice of the non-Anglo people 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.
Now, Ronald Takaki has revised his landmark work and made it even more relevant and important. Among the new additions to the book are:
The role of black soldiers in preserving the Union
The history of Chinese Americans from 1900-1941
An investigation into the hot-button issue of “illegal” immigrants from Mexico.
A look at the sudden visibility of Muslim refugees from Afghanistan.
This new edition of A Different Mirror is a remarkable achievement that grapples with the raw truth of American history and examines the question of what it means to be an American.
After reading this wonderful book, I got to understand what it meant to be an immigrant from a non-european point of view and hardships endured by the early new group of immigrants  from Asia. In addition it also highlights the plight of native
Americans, Blacks and Irish who were treated harshly by the earlier European settlers.
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