Friday, May 23, 2014

Slate, you are doing it wrong

Slate, you are doing it wrong, by by Karthick Ramakrishnan (AAPI Voices, 15 May 2014)

There’s a map that Slate made recently that’s been getting a lot of shares. The map is part of a post on language diversity, and it shows the top language in each state other than English or Spanish. We dug a little deeper, and found a few problems. First, looking at the most recent American Community Survey data,* we find more Asian languages in the top spot than Slate found. Like Chinese in New Jersey and North Carolina. And Hmong in Wisconsin. And Vietnamese in Mississippi.

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