University of Minnesota freshman and Japanese international student Mikhail,* who was born in Russia, said this article in the Statesman Journal about Japanese cultural events was very generalized.
He said in Japan, the people do not eat that type of food during a cherry blossom festival, but at other ones. This is not only a blatant error, but the article itself does not delve far enough into the traditions. Instead it oversimplifies them into one short piece.
We discussed how, instead of the one source from the committee putting on the event, the writer should have spoken to other Japanese-Americans and tried to tell the story through their experiences. This was a short, broad overview of a culture that could not be contained in such.
*Full name not used.