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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on returning to my JA bowling roots

Today, basketball and golf are the sports of choice in Japanese American communities, at least it seems to be in Southern California. However, back in the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, JA bowling leagues were all the rage. In it’s heyday, you almost had to be on a waiting list to join a team. Leagues were often scheduled back-to-back on the same night.

In 2000, the Japanese American National Museum had an exhibition called More Than a Game: Sport in the Japanese American Community. Included in the exhibition was a section about Japanese American bowlers like Dusty Mizunoue and Judy ...

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on Southern California Obon Festivals

I feel very fortunate to live in an area that has so many Obon festivals that are relatively accessible if you’re willing to drive. There are three in the Little Tokyo area alone. In addition, I’ve attended or have heard of others at Gardena Buddhist Church, San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, Senshin Buddhist Temple, Pasadena Buddhist Church, Oxnard Buddhist Temple, Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, West Covina Buddhist Temple, West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple, and Orange County Buddhist Church. I even know people who drive as far as San Diego and Las Vegas to attend Obon annually.

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on Unearthing My Family's Values

This Father’s Day my sister and I will be bringing my father to the Japanese American National Museum for the opening of the Landscaping America: Beyond the Japanese Garden exhibition.

I am always excited by new exhibitions at the Museum. As someone who works with the project teams to create web components, I get to learn a lot of new and really interesting facts and stories, and then share them with the world.

This exhibition captures a very personal interest, because it touches on the work and lives of so many members of my extended family—JA gardeners. As ...

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on J-Town Memories

Growing up, we would come into Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district to visit my Murakami Ba-chan who lived in Little Tokyo Towers. We’d take the elevator up to her small apartment with the display case full of kokeshi dolls, then take her out to dinner at Aoi restaurant on First Street. As young kids, my sister and I would always make a stop at the Sanrio store to spend the few dollars we had saved. We loved the stickers, stationery, and other little goodies adorned with Hello Kitty, My Melody, and Little Twin Stars. At the time, their merchandise ...

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on the Women Who Inspire Me

My grandmother and Yuri Kochiyama are two of the many women who, in their own ways, have helped shape who I am. March is Women’s History Month in the United States, so I’ve decided to take some time to reflect on the topic of women—not so much about feminism vs. femininity, but about real women in my family and those that I encounter in my life. Those women who inspire my dreams and aspirations, show me strength, and give me hope.

My maternal grandmother was born in Southern California in 1908. The oldest of nine children, she ...

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