David 'Mas' Masumoto

David 'Mas' Masumoto

Who belongs here and who doesn’t?

Columnist David “Mas” Masumoto: During the first months of our new president, the question of belonging hangs over many. Sadly, those impacted the most are often invisible, hidden precisely because they do not feel like they belong. Belonging is personal. You feel like you belong. You develop a sensibility, staying in places you know you are welcomed. With belonging comes belief that you have a right to be here.

David 'Mas' Masumoto

My grandmother became a Gold Star Mother while held captive

My grandmother accepted the flag of a fallen son while held captive because of her face. A Gold Star mother loses her No. 1 son and spends the rest of her life bewildered because America is where they take freedom away from you. Yet despite the racism, my family returned to California and this valley, worked hard in the fields and struggled to re-establish their identity as Americans.

David 'Mas' Masumoto

David Mas Masumoto: Medal of humility

I had the great opportunity to attend the ceremony awarding the National Medal of Arts and Humanities in September at the White House. This is the highest honor bestowed on artists, scholars and writers who have labored a lifetime to create seminal works that impacted a nation and world. These were the best of the best in their fields.

David 'Mas' Masumoto

David ‘Mas’ Masumoto: The arts of our valley

I didn’t grow up surrounded by the arts – or so I thought. My family didn’t go to concerts or museums. We had a cheap landscape-painting reproduction hanging in our living room, and as a kid, I stared at it for hours yet found nothing. But we did farm, and I knew the colors of nature, understood taste and the flavor of peaches. I listened to pop music and danced with “American Bandstand.” I loved the sleek lines of 1950s cars (remember tail fins?).

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David Mas Masumoto: The value of struggle

While growing up, I wasn’t the brightest student and had some language and speech issues (for example, I thought the letters R and W were the same and could be used interchangeably). In school, my parents encouraged me to toil. They supported me yet never helped with homework and certainly not with class projects. Education was about hard work, exertion and trials. If I didn’t understand something, they quietly reassured me that struggle was good.

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Oakland Raiders offensive lineman Donald Penn shared his thoughts on Marshawn Lynch, Derek Carr, Las Vegas, etc. - Anthony Galaviz/The Fresno Bee
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Raiders' Donald Penn discusses Marshawn Lynch, Derek Carr, Las Vegas and more

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Fresno State Mock Trial team competes in regional tournament

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