Thursday, January 20, 2011

Awesomest Image du Jour XXVII - Part Deux

Not so much a melting pot as a "gorgeous mosaic", as former NYC Mayor David Dinkins used to say.  I wonder if Sarah Palin can pick out the "real Americans" using this map...?

One of the most fascinating aspects of this map is that it isn't based on race, but rather solely on the national origins of a surname.  Yes, someone with the surname Nguyen is probably Vietnamese and therefore Asian, but what about Jones or Jackson?  An African-American may carry such a surname, but its origin is with a white plantation owner.  I find this simultaneously sad and cool.

Go to the source below, and you'll be able to click on an interactive map that will allow you to zoom in....

[Source:  National Geographic via My Modern Met.]