Week 7: Drucker Data #1

Archive Chosen: MAPS SHOWING DISTRIBUTION OF RACIAL AND NATIONAL GROUPS IN LOS ANGELES, ACCORDING TO THE 1940 UNITED STATES CENSUS

If you were going to write a paper based on this archive, what kinds of stories would you be able to tell?

The archive illustrates the congregation of racial minorities in LA. From this archive and its data, I can analyse the racial sentiments in LA. Most racial minorities live in clusters, so there is less interaction with white people.

Another perspective would be to illustrate how diverse LA is, with communities for Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, Russian, Finland, Lithuania. Maybe I could delve into what is the pull of LA that interests so many people from different countries to choose LA as their place of residence. One plausible reason is people are escaping from WW2 happening in their countries, and they choose LA because America was not involved in WW2 then.

What would you not be able to tell based on this archive?

I would not be able to know how the congregation has changed over the years, are the racial minorities first generation immigrants, or were they born in US. I cannot tell how was the social bonds in those community with minorities cluster, do the residents mind the influx of immigrants? How has the community changed because of the clusters? Why did immigrants chose to reside in LA?

How might you remedy that?

I can find archives detailing the distribution of racial groups over time, compiling the maps into layers to denote the change of the demographic in LA over time.

The social bonds and impacts on community because of the race clusters can be inferred from newspapers and media in 1940s, noting how racial minorities were portrayed and perceived in media.

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