ビッキー・K・ムラカミ=ツダ

(Vicky K. Murakami-Tsuda)

ビッキー・K・ムラカミ=ツダさんは、全米日系人博物館のコミュニケーションズ・プロダクション・マネージャーで、ディスカバー・ニッケイの仕事が大好きです。新しく、そして興味深いストーリーに触れ、近い興味を持つ世界中の人々とつながることができるからです。

南カリフォルニア出身のムラカミ=ツダさんは、“自称”四世で、親戚の多い家族の元に生まれました。かつて(時間とエネルギーがたくさんあった頃)は、アーティストとして日系アメリカ人の文化や歴史を探求する作品を制作していました。最近の仕事以外の時間は、食とフェイスブック、ボウリング、ディズニーランドと読書を楽しんでいます。

(2016年3月 更新)

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on What the Universe is Telling Me

“Seek out the significance of your problem at this time. Try to understand.” —fortune from a recent cookie 

The universe is trying to tell me something. Lately, I’ve been getting these “signs” that are telling me that I need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. After a crazy and hectic summer, chock full of things both in my professional and personal life, I’ve been noticing these little clues with more frequency. They offer a path away from feelings of being overwhelmed. A lifeline sent to me through a fortune cookie.

At work, there ...

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on Where the Trees Take Me

I'm a city girl...actually, more of a suburbanite. I need certain comforts around me—clean toilets, a shower, comfortable and warm place to sleep, etc. My pale skin proves that I don’t spend a lot of time outdoors. Yet, this year seems to be drawing me out of my normal habits, enticing me with new opportunities to get out in the sun.

In March, I joined my fellow Discover Nikkei co-workers for a hanami to see the sakura (Japanese cherry blossom) trees in bloom at Lake Balboa in Van Nuys, CA. Sakura trees usually blossom around April ...

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on How I Was Transported by Redress

My first car was a Toyota Tercel—frosted mint (a pale whitish-green color), two doors, and fairly bare-boned. It didn’t have power windows or doors, but it was all mine. Practical and functional, I had it for ten years before I traded it in for a Toyota Matrix. I rarely had any problems with it...dependable, it took me where I needed to go.

My parents purchased it for me using part of my father’s reparations money*. The reason why they purchased it was primarily practical—so my parents didn’t have to drop me off and pick ...

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on Connections

2007 was a year of change, revelations, and connections. I began the year writing the first in this column series about new beginnings and opportunities. My husband and I settled into our new home, we vacationed in New England for the first time (and ate a LOT of lobster!), and I started a family website to keep in touch with relatives throughout the year. At work, I was involved in many exciting projects that reinforced for me why after over twelve years, I still find fulfillment and exhilaration in working for a non-profit.

That’s not to say that all ...

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Oshogatsu Traditions in the United States

In the Western world, New Year’s Eve is a big day for parties to celebrate the end of a year and the fresh start of a new one. In Japan, the beginning of the New Year, or Oshogatsu, is when friends and family gather together for what is considered to be the most important holiday of the year. It is celebrated throughout the country and by Nikkei around the world with symbolic food, decorations, activities, and other traditions to wish for an auspicious year. In the United States, it is also a holiday whose celebration has melded Japanese and ...

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