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Ronald Takaki (1939–2009)

Autor/a de A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America

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Sobre l'autor

Ronald Takaki is a Fellow of the Society of American Historians & a professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. His books include "Strangers from a Different Shore" & "A Different Mirror" &, most recently, "A Larger Memory". (Bowker Author Biography)

Inclou aquests noms: Ronald Takaki, Ronald T. Takaki

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Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology (1992) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions435 exemplars
The Great Fear: Race in the Mind of America (1970) — Col·laborador — 11 exemplars


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Nom oficial
Takaki, Ronald Toshiyuki
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc de naixement
Oahu, Hawaii, USA
Lloc de defunció
Berkeley, California, USA
Llocs de residència
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Berkeley, California, USA
College of Wooster
University of California, Berkeley (PhD, American History)
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Berkeley
Biografia breu
Ronald Takaki was a distinguished scholar of race and ethnicity. Born to a Japanese father and a Japanese American mother, Takaki studied at the College of Wooster, Ohio, and received his Ph.D. in American History from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught UCLA's first Black History course before joining UC Berkeley's Department of Ethnic Studies in 1972, which had been recently created in response to student demand for course offerings that better reflected the diversity of the American experience. Takaki became one of its key members, developing the Ethnic Studies major and helping to make coursework in racial and ethnic diversity a requirement for graduation. He was a vocal proponent of multicultural education in the country at large, regularly appearing on programs such as NBC's Today and PBS's NewsHour to discuss issues of race and ethnicity in the United States. [adapted from A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America (2012)]

My grandfather emigrated from Japan to work on the cane fields of Hawaii in 1886, and my mother was born on the Hawi Plantation. As a teenager growing up on Oahu, I was not academically inclined but was actually a surfer. During my senior year, I took a religion course taught by Dr. Shunji Nishi, a Japanese American with a Ph.D. I remember going home and asking my mother, who only had an eighth-grade education: "Mom, what's a Ph.D.?" She answered: "I don't know but he must be very smart." Dr. Nishi became a role model for me, and he arranged for me to attend the College of Wooster. There my fellow white students asked me questions like: "How long have you been in this county? Where did you learn to speak English?" They did not see me as a fellow American. I did not look white or European in ancestry. As a scholar, I have been seeking to write a more inclusive and hence more accurate history of Americans, Chicanos, Native Americans as well as certain European immigrant groups like the Irish and Jews. My scholarship seeks not to separate our diverse groups but to show how our experiences were different but they were not disparate. Multicultural history, as I write and present it, leads not to what Schlesinger calls the "disuniting of America" but rather to the re-uniting of America. [retrieved from, 11/29/2012]



It was interesting to learn that although the major strikes of 1909 and 1920 were broken by the plantation owners, and the laborers forced to return to work like dogs with their tails between their legs, the workers were granted the exact things they were striking for just a few months after each of the strikes (although with no publicity to announce the gains). I was hoping that the laborers would trounce the management and show that they could not be disrespected, and was bummed to learn that it wasn't so. However, the fact that the workers did shortly get their concessions was somewhat mollifying.… (més)
blueskygreentrees | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Jul 30, 2023 |
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 violence in the United States he also offers his own story, and a tangible vision of hope for a pluralistic multi-cultural society where all people are treated with dignity and respect.… (més)
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b.masonjudy | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Apr 3, 2020 |
With the interest in black women who quietly helped America in the book and movie, Hidden Figures, this book published in 2013 deserves a place in a children's collection. I would have liked to have seen more photos, but I imagine they weren't available. These women had courage.
brangwinn | Mar 26, 2020 |
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 Americans). There is a great deal of ground to cover and obviously it's not possible to do all of them justice. But there is probably a great deal to learn. I knew about the Chinese men who came and their struggles with being unable to bring their wives (in contrast to many of the Chinese women who were brought over and subjected to sexual slavery) but I did not know many of the stories like the Japanese in Hawaii as one example. 
In many ways the book is great in giving us snapshots of various groups, providing historical context that is likely just not taught unless you take a special class or happen to read about it in a book. But as others point out sometimes it can get formulaic (group moves to the United States, is the target of discrimination and struggles/adapts). Which is rather horrible in itself repeating over and over again. The framing device in using Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' and Caliban in particular is quite annoying (since I haven't read this play or watched any adaptation of it I kept wondering why Takaki kept mentioning Caliban/'The Tempest').
But if you liked Howard Zinn's 'A People's History Of The United States' you might like this. It's actually been many MANY years since I've read Zinn's book but as I read I couldn't help but think of that text. Takaki's book would make a good compliment but as mentioned it's a rather thick book.
Some other recommended readings to go along with this (perhaps to expand) would include: 'The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration', 'The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness', 'The Making of Asian America', and 'Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask'. There are probably tons more really great books but those are some I can think of off the cuff. That said, this is a book that you can probably read on its own but you might get more out of it if you have other sources to compliment your reading.
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HoldMyBook | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | Feb 11, 2018 |



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