Piece Comment

Review of East Coast Culture Shock

Being a resident of a multicultural city like Cambridge, I can understand how the narrator feels shocked when she is in a "monochromatic" racial setting. It is very clear that the narrator was feeling powerful emotions throughout her experience. That being said, I wish I had seen more of these emotions come out through her feature. The ideas are very powerful, but the entire story is told in a monotonous voice. The personality of the narrator comes out only at the end of the piece when she says, "I know, I know, how un-Berkeley of me." This piece could use more periodic bursts of sarcastic commentary like the above example. It's a good feature for generating discussion about diversity in schools, but it is not a piece that can hold a listener’s attention, due to its blandness.