Reflexões de um Yonsei...

Vicky Murakami-Tsuda é Gerente de Comunicações do Museu Nacional Japonês Americano. Ela é uma “auto-denominada” yonsei do Sul da Califórnia que vem de uma grande família estendida, que adora trabalhar no JANM (especialmente no Descubra Nikkei), curtir boa culinária, passar o tempo com a família, visitar o Facebook, ler, e numa época que ela tinha mais tempo e energia ainda era uma artista que explorava a cultura e a história nipo-americanas através dos seus trabalhos artísticos. Esta coluna inclui diversas reflexões sobre a sua vida e o mundo ao seu redor.

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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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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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