NEW YORK — Before I departed for my first foreign reporting assignment in South America 20 years ago, R.W. Apple Jr., the legendary New York Times globetrotting gourmet, gave me two valuable pieces of advice.
First and foremost, he said, never be afraid to report the truth, even if they put you in jail – “they’ll come to get you out.” Second, he said, “you’re going to eat some great food and some not so great food. Some of it you’ll probably find disgusting, but never, ever insult another country’s cuisine. That might get you killed.”
The latter is advice that should have informed a controversial tweet by the United States Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, who last month criticized Japan for its long-held practice of hunting dolphins, which have been a delicacy in that country for thousands of years—from fried dolphin meat to dolphin stews.
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