Discussion 4: The Irish Experience in America

According to the readings in Takaki, what conditions led to Irish immigration to America?
How does Takaki present the experience of the Irish once they arrived and began settling in the United States? How were the Irish treated by “native” white Americans overall?
What was the Irish relationship to the Chinese and blacks according to Takaki? Explain.
How did the Irish overcome their initially low social position? What strategy did they use? What do you think of this strategy?