Keiko Fukuda

Keiko Fukuda was born in Oita, Japan. After graduating from International Christian University, she worked for a publishing company. Fukuda moved to the United States in 1992 where she became the chief editor of a Japanese community magazine. In 2003, Fukuda started working as a freelance writer. She currently writes articles for both Japanese and U.S. magazines with a focus on interviews. Fukuda is the co-author of Nihon ni umarete (“Born in Japan”) published by Hankyu Communications. Website: https://angeleno.net 

Updated July 2020

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The New Year’s Holidays Defined by Mother’s Homemade Osechi Dishes

In Japan, I grew up in a so-called “nuclear family”—a family that consisted of a father and a mother and me, their only child. Both of my grandfathers had already passed away when I was born, and my grandmothers were in places more than an hour drive away from where we lived.

What I remember from the New Year’s holidays in Japan is the osechi dishes and the ozoni soup (a soup with rice cake) that my mother made. She always prepared all dishes for the New Year’s holidays by herself and never asked me for help ...

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A man who fought against the California Alien Land Law: The story of Sei Fujii – “Lil Tokyo Reporter” - Interviews with the production team and cast members - Part 4

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Film editor: Chisako Yokoyama
Publicist: Takamichi Go
 
“You might think of short films as some kind of amateur work, but ‘Lil Tokyo Reporter’ was different. Their camerawork was extremely professional and its high quality made me want to get involved,” said Chisako Yokoyama, a film editor, as she recalled the time when Director Jeffrey Gee Chin showed her the unedited film.

With more than twenty years of experience in the industry, Chisako is the one and only Japanese film editor who started her Hollywood career in Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Little Buddha.” She has worked as the chief ...

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A man who fought against the California Alien Land Law: The story of Sei Fujii “Lil Tokyo Reporter” - Interviews with the production team and cast members - Part 3

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Actor: Eijiro Ozaki 

“Lil Tokyo Reporter” is a film led by a Chinese-American director, a third-generation Japanese-American producer and a lead actor. Since the story depicted the lives of first-generation immigrants, I was a little worried about the authenticity of the Japanese language spoken by actors, but there was nothing unnatural about their speech. I shouldn’t have worried at all in the first place. However, later I found out that they had the support from a Japanese actor, Eijiro Ozaki, so I went to have an interview with Eijiro who played the role of Sato in ...

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A man who fought against the California Alien Land Law: The story of Sei Fujii “Lil Tokyo Reporter” - Interviews with the production team and cast members - Part 2

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Executive producer: Fumiko Carole Fujita
Director and scriptwriter: Jeffrey Gee Chin
Leading actor: Chris Tashima 

Playing the lead, Sei Fujii, in “Lil Tokyo Reporter” is a third-generation Japanese-American actor and director, Chris Tashima. He found himself strongly attracted to the script. “Since it was a prewar story, I read the script without any prior knowledge. I didn’t know about Sei Fujii either. But the script was exceptionally good and the theme was just great. I felt like I had to tell the world about Fujii’s life.”

When asked how he put himself into the role ...

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A man who fought against the California Alien Land Law: The story of Sei Fujii “Lil Tokyo Reporter” - Interviews with the production team and cast members - Part 1

Executive producer: Fumiko Carole Fujita
Director and scriptwriter: Jeffrey Gee Chin

As a “new” Issei (first-generation Japanese immigrant), my life in America is all-too-peaceful, without any encounter with discrimination or inconvenience. Perhaps the only thing is my lack of English vocabulary, since English is not my native language. Aside from the well-known fact about the experience of Japanese-Americans during the World War II, the fact that they were deprived of all property and imprisoned in internment camps, the first-generation immigrants (or Issei) did not even have the right to purchase or own land. Sei Fujii, a first-generation Japanese-American from Yamaguchi ...

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