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1 Lee Jane Lee Professor Gilson DOC 1, Section A08 3 October 2009 Realizing Cultural Diversity in the U.S. In the first chapter of A Different Mirror , Ronald Takaki reinforces his belief that the United States is unique and powerful because of its cultural diversity. He begins with an anecdote of a white American who asks him how long he has lived in the United States, to which he replies that he was born and raised in this country and that his family of Japanese descent has been here for over a century. The man, obviously surprised by Takaki’s response, takes another look at him because he is not what most people stereotype as an “American”. The author uses this recurring incident as a bridge to his ongoing argument that America’s multiculturalism is not justified in textbooks and, therefore, creates a largely misconceived notion that one must be white in order to be a citizen of this country. The Master Narrative of American History, a phrase coined by Takaki, “filters” all other
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