I saw this cool literary of map of England on the Strange Maps blog. It is clever and fun and in a way useful in locating where authors were born and/or situated their work. I would be interested to see an imperial version featuring the various British imperial possessions and the author who sprung from there. Certainly the American section would be intriguing (although T.S. Eliot is on this map), but I would also be curious to see how India would turn out and where one would put V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Jamaica Kincaid and Zadie Smith
I found this map (with the help of Sociological Images) that gives a visual picture of the state of gay marriage and civil unions approval and bans across the country. While this map is nice, I highly suggest going to Greg Stoll’s clickable map that gives the chronological progression of legislature, ballot initiatives, and court rulings for every state.
The US Census posted this great map where one can pick an income level and see how many counties in the US have a median income above that mark. I have been playing with it to show what I can learn about the intersection of geography and class. It is also interesting to look at the list of counties in order by median income.
Ohio just does not have anything like the 626. To explain, unlike in the San Gabriel Valley outside of LA, there is not a multi-suburb neighborhood featuring Asian and Asian American cultural fusion. The LA Times article on the area’s boom makes me wish I was back in California at least long enough to check it out. I enjoy being around family, comiserating over failing sports teams, and experiencing actual seasons, but there is something to be said for being in this kind of community featuring a diverse critical mass large enough to break down the “model minority” stereotype or push perceptions past the black/white false dichotomy.
I wonder what conclusions can be drawn from this map showing where people call carbonated beverages by what name.
I cannot, for example see any correlations to political orientation. The map is by Matthew Campbell and Prof. Greg Plumb of East Central University in Oklahoma and if you go to this site there is a clickable version with the county by county breakdown.
I just read this article “From Negro Creek to Wop Draw, Place Names Offend,” today on place names that may not have been offensive in the past, but that are now offensive. Some names mentioned are, ”Wop Draw in Wyoming; Jewtown, Ga.; Beaner Lake, Wash.; Wetback Tank reservoir in New Mexico and Polack Lake in Michigan” as well as Pickaninny Buttes pictured above. There have been campaigns to change names, and some states have made revisions. For example, nine states are working to eliminate the word squaw. Although I did not realize this fact growing up, squaw as a term is offensive to Native Americans. The article says that squaw is, ”a slang word first given to Native women that came to mean both a part of the female genitalia and a woman of ill repute.” Dictionary.com offers the following definitions, ”1. (Often Offensive) a North American Indian woman, especially a wife. 2.(Slang: Disparaging and Offensive) a. a wife.b. any woman or girl.”
Given this information, I am chagrined to note that in a park where I live there is Squaw Rock Picnic Area, named after a “Squaw Rock” carving. Back in 2008 the local paper published an article looking at the name. In it a park spokesperson, Bob Rotatori, stated, ”[The name] kind of stuck, and, as far as we know, nobody seems to mind.” I wonder what it would take to get the name changed? I wonder how many people in the Greater Cleveland area even know about the offensive nature of the term and would be interested in getting the name changed? The tension between historical tradition and modern sensitivities can be tricky to negotiate.