In my experiences living in Juneau, it has truly proven itself to be a place to be gorged on-not oppressively, but intellectually-rich and murky in its history and development, embedded with brilliance (literally, there is gold here).
When introducing a place in which I live to others, I enjoy sharing the place through my lenses, providing channels through which the participant may both feel how I have come to be shaped by what Juneau has gratefully presented to me, and also determine for themselves, how they want to perceive this land.
On the map are six different locations around Downtown Juneau, places that I consider to be some of the best hidden gems in Juneau, connected by my love for food, sitting on a goldmine of history and knowledge. I encourage you to read the descriptions, and examine the images.
The project was made using Google MyMaps, a new resource/application which I fully embrace, especially in its potential use in Social Studies classes. For me, a place comes with emotional associations, like a bookmark in my memories. As a Third-Culture Kid (TCK) perpetually moving and moved, I try to be present in the experiences I witness, through the sounds, the smells, etc… MyMaps allows the audience to see an area, which they may already be familiar with (in my case perhaps those who grew up in Juneau), with a new perspective, a new lens to view the uniqueness of each lived experience. I believe that is something to be celebrated.
*Update 6/15/16: For some reason, several images that I did not intend to use, got tagged onto the images in certain locations (for example, the last 5 images under Seong’s automatically attached themselves) I wonder how this happens and if there is a way to fix it