Reflexiones de un yonsei...

Vicky Murakami-Tsuda es la Gerente de Producción de Comunicaciones del Museo Nacional Japonés Americano. Vicky es una yonsei “autoproclamada” de California del Sur que proviene de una gran familia extendida y que le encanta trabajar en el Museo Nacional Japonés Americano (especialmente Descubra a los Nikkei), disfrutar la buena comida, pasar tiempo con la familia, jugar en Facebook y leer. Cuando tenía más tiempo y energía, solía ser una artista que exploraba la cultura e historia japonesa-estadounidense a través de su arte. Esta columna incluye diversas reflexiones sobre su vida y el mundo alrededor de ella.

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Sobre el 10.° aniversario de Descubra a los Nikkei

En marzo pasado se cumplió el 10.° aniversario del lanzamiento público de Descubra a los Nikkei. Yoko Nishimura, gerente del proyecto Descubra a los Nikkei, me pidió que escribiera un artículo conmemorando la ocasión. Durante más de un año, me he esforzado y he estado postergando escribir algo. Ahora que estamos por culminar las celebraciones organizadas a lo largo del año, me veo obligada a renunciar a la idea de seguir postergándolo.

Al principio, había planeado escribir algo directo sobre la historia y logros del proyecto. Pero realmente no se ha avanzado nada. Cuando pensaba en cómo escribir acerca …

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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 Cathedral in …

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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. The last two kids were born …

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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 …

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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.

But in a …

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