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What Does 'The Other California' Mean To The People Who Live Here? A Conversation With The Masumotos

Courtesy of Nikiko Masumoto
Nikiko Masumoto and her father Mas Masumoto work together on their peach farm.

The writer Gerald Haslam grew up at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley and is credited with coining the phrase "The Other California" to describe the part of the state where we live. Not Los Angeles. Not San Francisco. Not the coastal California but The Other California -- a unique, highly diverse region with its own stories to tell. Over the next few months we’ll be developing a podcast called The Other California that looks at the people, places and themes that make this region stand out as different from the rest of the state. To get the project underway, FM89's News Director Alice Daniel sat down with peach farmer and writer Mas Masumoto and peach farmer and artist Nikiko Masumoto to find out what The Other California means to them.

Alice Daniel was News Director for KVPR from 2019-2022. Daniel has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and more than 25 years of experience as a print and radio journalist.
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