By Dan Brekke, KQED News Fix
California has been a famously diverse place ever since its doors swung open to the world at the beginning of the Gold Rush. In addition to the flood of Americans from the Eastern states, crowds flocked here from China, Hawaii, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, England, Germany, France and Italy. Among other places.
Notwithstanding the fact that California — white California, anyway — has not always been so happy about that diversity, the state’s population continues to be what historian Sucheng Chan has termed “a truly variegated mosaic.”
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