I'm writing to extend my appreciation for David Mas Masumoto's beautiful article (July 27) relating how the song "Sukiyaki" helped heal the wounds of the Japanese and the Japanese Americans after World War II.
It provides a great example of how pain turned into art can both validate and alleviate pain. Furthermore, while multiculturalism in the arts is often perceived to sow divisions in society a perception not necessarily incorrect, I should add Masumoto's article demonstrates how it can heal divisions.
If the arts can represent its multicultural contributions under a common California theme that potentially provides validation towards state residents and visitors alike, we can create a greater gateway to Yosemite and capture a greater share of visitor revenue.
An initial step would be to share art that provides validation or personal expression in our own lives. Ask not what Merced can do for the arts but what the arts can do for Merced.