International Voices at UMSL

Keiko Ueda

Keiko Ueda,
Associate Teaching Professor of Japanese

How long have you been at UMSL?

Since August 2014

Besides English, what languages do you speak?

Japanese

What books, music, movies, or food from your country would you recommend to a friend from the United States?

Book: [Author] Haruki Murakami (his books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally)
Music: I recommend Japanese traditional instruments, like Taiko (drums), Koto (Japanese plucked half-tube zither instrument) and Shamisen (three-stringed traditional Japanese musical instrument). There is a Taiko Group called St. Louis Osuwa Taiko and they play at the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Their performance is amazing!!
Movies: I can't think of any specific one. I think it really depends on your taste.
Food: Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki (soul food from Osaka, my hometown!)

What is one thing you expected about St. Louis or the United States that wasn’t actually true?

I can't think of anything.

What is something about your home country that would surprise Americans?

There are not very many trash cans on the street, but it is pretty clean in many places.
What advice would you give to someone from your home country traveling to the United States for the very first time?

I would suggest to bring some basic medicine (like painkiller, for stomach) that they usually use in case they feel sick. It makes the trip easier.

What made you choose UMSL?

I got a job. I also liked how people are friendly and kind.