Mirror Reaction Paper

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Some groups, such as Chinese women, often experienced double forms of discrimination, both as women within their own community, and as Chinese people in Caucasian communities. (209) Plus, some White missionaries used the plight of 'poor' Chinese women to justify discrimination against Chinese culture. Also, discrimination against oppressed groups has resulted in different kinds of revolt. Indians used military tactics in revolutions such as Wounded Knee. (228) Groups that were discriminated against such as African-Americans have resisted not only through legal action but also fleeing America -- as African-Americans often did not come to America by their own free will, they would go 'back' to Africa. (126) This "Nostalgia on the Niger," as Takaki calls it, resulted in the founding of Liberia in Africa.

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But a romanticized view of a native past, like a romantic view of a White past, proves to only be an incomplete solution. Takaki suggests that a more, fuller way of embracing American identity is better than rejecting America altogether. In fact, one of the contradictions of Black slavery in the 19th century was that many Black slaves had White fathers, blurring the lines of racial identity in the racially segregated south. (128) Even in the most racist of societies and circumstances, the dominant theme of the book is that, in the mirror of the face of America, there is no one pure face and image all Americans can aspire to be like, rather all Americans must fight for a more inclusive image of American identity.

TOPIC: Reaction Paper on Mirror of the Face of Assignment

Despite the many differences between the ethnic groups in the book, the one similarity in all of the experiences of the different ethnic peoples of A Different Mirror is that all of these groups continue to have trouble being seen as fully American today. Despite the fact that Indians were in America before Europeans, they are still seen as nonwhite and thus not fully Americans. Despite the fact that Robert Takaki's grandfather may have come to America before his European neighbor's grandfather, Takaki is not seen as fully American. Overall, the idea of who is an America must change before discrimination can end, suggests the author, a conclusion all readers of all nations and nationalities will agree with.

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