Book Review: Atlas of American Diversity by Larry Hajime Shinagawa and Michael Jang

Eve Mullen

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Abstract

The Atlas of American Diversity is an admirable feat of data organisation. Authors Shinagawa and Jang are experienced in the endeavour of analysing and synthesising difficult, often overwhelming, amounts of governmentally compiled population data, each having served a number of federal, state and civil organisations that rely upon, or themselves gather, census-like information on a grand scale. Their mastery of data presentation is evident in their new Atlas. It provides the reader with not only a clear, visually compelling and understandable picture of diversity in the United States but also of the social, racial and ethnic preconceptions existing there, as they are reflected in the categories for data and peoples borrowed from the authors' American sources.

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Mullen, Eve. Book Review: Atlas of American Diversity by Larry Hajime Shinagawa and Michael Jang. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 1999, vol. 1, no.2, pp. 99-101. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol1/issue2/art5

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