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Nima of the Month

fukuda (California, United States)

Keiko Fukuda (fukuda) is a Shin Issei freelance writer living in Southern California. She has been sharing her stories on Discover Nikkei since 2008, primarily interviews with a wide variety of Shin Issei and some Shin Nisei about their experiences living in the United States.

Keiko served on the 2018 Nikkei Chronicles #7—Nikkei Roots editorial committee. She was previously named Nima of the Month in May 2011.

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Why do you feel it’s important to continue sharing your stories on our site? What other stories would you still like to write?

I’ve lived in the U.S. for 28 years now. I’m a so-called Shin Issei. I can see myself and the community I live with an objective eye when I write stories about Nikkei, including the Shin Issei like me, and their culture. Also, I want the voices of Nikkei abroad to be heard as much as possible, as I’m concerned about the current, extremely introverted Japan—a country which once sent a great number of people to the American continent. I want to take advantage of the nature of Discover Nikkei being an online medium which can be accessed from anywhere, even by Japanese people living in Japan. I’d like to continue writing about the life of Nikkei and how they approach life in America, as they share their racial heritage.

What is the most meaningful thing that has happened as a result of your connection to Discover Nikkei?

I’m very happy when Japanese media reach out to me and say they want to interview the people I wrote about for Discover Nikkei or when I get requests from readers asking for details about the places I introduced in my essays, those related to Nikkei culture, because they say they want to stop by during their next visit to Los Angeles. These are the moments when I truly realize that my stories have reached people. I also feel blessed to have years of relationships with the people who have let me interview and write about their life.

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[JA]
Q. ディスカバーニッケイへ寄稿しづつける意義はなんですか?また、今後どのようなストリーを書きたいと考えていますか?

渡米して28年になります。いわゆる新一世です。私のような新一世を含む日系人や日系文化を取材することで、自身の姿や暮らす社会を客観的に捉えることができます。さらに、かつて北南米に多くの移民を輩出した日本が現在は非常に内向き志向であることに懸念を抱いていることから、日本に住む日本人にもオンラインメディアとしてどこからでもアクセスしてもらえる特性を生かし、海外に暮らす日系人の生の声を少しでも多く伝えたいと考えています。今後も、彼らにとって同じルーツを持つ日系人がどのような意識を持ってアメリカで生活しているのかを引き続き取材していきたいです。

Q. ディスカバーニッケイへエッセイをシェアすることで得た最も有意義なことは何でしょうか?

ディスカバーニッケイに取材執筆した人物を日本のメディアから改めて取材したいとの連絡を受けたり、また同じく私のエッセーで紹介した日系文化に所縁のある場所を次回ロサンゼルスに訪れた際に立ち寄ってみたいので詳細を教えて欲しいといったレスポンスをいただくと「私の書いた記事が人々に届いている」ということが実感できてとても嬉しいです。さらに、取材させていただいた方とのご縁が何年経っても続いていることに、心から感謝しています。

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