The World According To Americans

Posted: September 24, 2011
The World According To Americans
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With the possible exception of the "AIDS" label that's covering half of Africa, some of these American stereotypes of the rest of world are surprisingly lacking in wickedness. I would have expected less superficial ignorance, and more low blows from the country that claims to be the best at everything. I mean, even my grandma had an arsenal of colorful words to describe Japan, and all of them were way better than "Toyota". Alaska is "Hockey Moms," not "Evolution Stopped Here"? India is just "Curry," instead of "Curry-Scented American Jobs"? Greece is "Democracy," over "Please enter at rear"? Could we maybe get a Trey Parker and Matt Stone revision of this map?

The World According to Americans is part of visual artist Yanko Tsvetkov's Mapping Stereotypes project. The collection spans a series of 30+ satirical--and often thought-provoking, introspective, and inflammatory--views of the world as seen through the eyes of its various constituent factions. Tsvetkov spares no one. The World According to Americans shares his gallery of Swiftian cartographs with the likes of Europe According to Russia, The World According to Israel, The Flat Earth According to US Republicans, and Europe According to Gay Men. Check out a all of Tsvetkov's maps condensed for the coffee table in his book Atlas of Prejudice: Mapping Stereotypes.

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