ある四世の考察

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・マネージャーです。南カリフォルニア出身の“自称”四世で、親戚の多い家族の元に生まれました。ムラカミ=ツダさんは、全米日系人博物館(特にディスカバー・ニッケイ)の仕事を愛し、おいしものを食べることや家族と一緒に過ごすこと、フェイスブックや読書も大好きです。また、今より時間もエネルギーもあった頃はアーティストとして活動し、作品作りを通して日系アメリカ人の文化や歴史を探求しました。このシリーズには、ムラカミ=ツダさんの人生や身の回りの世界への考察が掲載されています。

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ディスカバー・ニッケイ10周年を迎えて

ディスカバー・ニッケイは、昨年3月に公開10周年を迎えました。アニバーサリーを記念して、当プロジェクト・マネージャーの西村陽子さんから記事の執筆を依頼されましたが、何を書こうかと悩むうちに1年以上が過ぎてしまいました。10周年のお祝いの1年がもうすぐ終わります。もうこれ以上、後回しにはできません。

当初はディスカバー・ニッケイ・プロジェクトの歩みや成果に真っすぐ踏み混んだ記事を書く予定でしたが、うまくいきませんでした。我が子のように感じているプロジェクトについて何を書くべきか考えた時、私は自分のアプローチ方法が完全に間違っていたことに気付きました。ディスカバー・ニッケイは、たくさんの重要な事実や情報を発信していますが、本当の醍醐味は、個人的なストーリーを共有し ...

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Remembering the Senator

There have been and will be other Japanese American senators, but to me, he will always be “the Senator.” I’ve worked at the Japanese American National Museum for over 17 years now. With affection, among staff, we know that when referring to “the Senator,” we are talking about Senator Daniel K. Inouye.

I watched the video of the ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda when they brought the Senator to lie in state, an honor bestowed upon only 31 other individuals since the 1800s, primarily reserved for presidents.

I also watched the memorial service at the Washington National ...

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My Omoto Ba-chan

My maternal grandmother’s birthday was on May 11th, so even though it’s been almost 15 years since she’s been gone, I still think about her every Mother’s Day.

My Omoto Ba-chan was born in 1908 in Southern California. She was the oldest of nine children, although I later learned that my great-grandmother actually had 11 children—the 10th child was stillborn and both her mother and the last infant died in childbirth.

She married my grandfather and had six children before World War II and E.O.9066 forced them into the concentration camps ...

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on the Memories of an Elephant

Over the holidays, I was telling my niece about American Tapestry: 25 Stories from the Collection, the current exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum.

Two of my favorite artifacts from the exhibition are the 1939 Silvertone American short wave radio and a navy blue Schwinn bicycle with a lambskin seat cover. Both have similar heartwarming stories of friendship. Both were owned by Japanese American families prior to World War II and entrusted with friends, but never reclaimed after the war.

In the case of the radio, they were never able to locate the original owners. The father gave it ...

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on Real-Life Soundtracks

I’ve always thought that our lives would be so much more interesting if it came with a soundtrack. Music adds so much in setting up the mood and tone of movies, TV shows, and plays. It also can prepare us when something bad is about to happen. I’m not advocating that we should break out in song like in musicals, but imagine how cool (and helpful) it would be if some sweet romantic song swelled in chorus when you meet the love of your life…or if a song could warn you to stay away from a loser ...

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