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"We have to rethink what we think about history, to rethink who we are as Americans. We need to rededicate ourselves to the principles that gave birth to this country." Ronald Takaki, a third-generation American of Japanese ancestry and professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley for over two decades, reflects on the past and the future of America's expanding ethnic diversity and how this diversity will affect the way we relate as individuals and as a nation to the rest of the world. Takaki explores how various ethnic groups experienced World War II in widely different ways. The fight was not only against fascism abroad but also against prejudice here at home. From hospital wards to assembly lines, minorities insisted that their country live up to its founding ideal of equality. Takaki recounts the struggles and personal victories of these minorities. "I feel this tremendous passion to re-write American history, to make sure that I am part of this history. I am American too." (hosted by Michael Toms)
Takaki is the author of the prize-winning books:
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