Monday, November 07, 2011


for the past year and a-half, since the spring 2010 revolution/ethnic violence, just about every article i have read about kyrgyzstan refers to the country's north-south divide. this is the first time i've actually seen a map using actual data to show the north-south difference (in this case, it uses the votes from the october 30th national election). the thing that really strikes me is that it's much more of an east-west split than north-south.

not that the label given to each side really matters all that much. but my surprise when i saw the map highlights how i have unconsciously internalized the dominant narrative about the country's politics.