Vicky K. Murakami-Tsuda

Vicky K. Murakami-Tsuda é a Gerente de Comunicações do Museu Nacional Japonês Americano. Ela adora trabalhar no projeto Descubra Nikkei, porque ele lhe dá a chance de descobrir muitas histórias novas e interessantes, e de se conectar com pessoas de todo o mundo que compartilham interesses em comum.

Ela é uma “auto-denominada” Yonsei do Sul da Califórnia que vem de uma grande família estendida. Há muito tempo atrás (quando ela tinha mais tempo livre e energia), ela também era uma artista que explorava a cultura e história nipo-americanas através da sua arte. Agora, quando não está no trabalho ela passa a maior parte do tempo curtindo boa culinária, visitando o Facebook, jogando boliche, passeando pela Disneylândia e lendo.

Atualizado em março de 2016

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Reflexões de um Yonsei...

no 10º aniversário do Descubra Nikkei

Março 2015 marcou o 10º aniversário do lançamento do site Descubra Nikkei. Yoko Nishimura, a Gerente do Projeto Descubra Nikkei, me pediu para escrever um artigo para comemorar a ocasião. Passei mais de um ano procrastinando e relutando a escrever. Agora que estamos prestes a terminar as nossas comemorações do último ano, eu me vejo forçada a arregaçar as mangas.

Inicialmente, a minha intenção era escrever algo ligado diretamente à história e às realizações do projeto. Mas esse plano acabou não dando em nada. Enquanto eu debatia sobre como escrever ...

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Crônicas Nikkeis #3 — Nomes Nikkeis: Taro, John, Juan, João?

Don’t Call Me Victoria, Vicki, Vikki, or Binky…

When my mother was pregnant with me…in the time before ultrasounds…Dr. Shigekawa (many Los Angeles area Japanese Americans of several generations were delivered by her) told her that I would be a boy. So, my parents had decided to name me Richard Murakami.

When I came out…surprise! It’s a girl! I’ve never asked why, but my mother decided to name me after a soap opera character—Victoria from One Life to Live. However, they didn’t name me “Victoria”—my legal name is “Vicky.” The character’s nickname is Vikki (who also suffers from multiple ...

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Hiroshima Revisited: Interview with Steve Nguyen

Steve Nguyen is the director/producer of the animated film, HIBAKUSHA which re-creates the real-life experiences of Kaz Suyeishi, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Since the release of the film, he has produced a short documentary that he filmed with the nonprofit campaign Global Zero of his visit to the city of Hiroshima. We recently asked him some questions about the projects.

What about Kaz’s story inspired you to first make the animated film, and then to visit Hiroshima?

The focus on Kaz as a person was more important to me than her heritage or her ...

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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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