Japanese Brazilian Culture

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Japanese Brazilians Over the past 100 years, have the Japanese-Brazilians become integrated into the Brazilian culture? This question should be easy to answer since if you are born in Brazil, then you should automatically be considered Brazilian. However, this is not the case for many Japanese-Brazilians. I believe the Japanese have become more integrated into the Brazilian culture over the past 100 years, however, I do not think that they are truly integrated into the Brazilian culture. In this paper, I will be looking at how each generation was treated in Brazil by collecting stories from news articles and the historical context as to how society has changed their views of the Japanese-Brazilians. After the abolishment of slavery in Brazil…show more content…
In 1941, there was as many as 50,000 new settlers of Japanese descent coming to Brazil; this massive impact might have been due to the conflicts in Japan during World War II (Levine and Crocitti 374). After a few years, some of the Japanese settlers moved away from the rural areas and into the cities. One of the most prominent places in Liberdade district of Sao Paulo; this is known to the largest population density of Japanese Brazilians (Duffy). Since the migration of the Japanese Brazilians, there was tension between the white Brazilians because of the confusion of where they would categorize them since they are neither white nor black, which might be the reason as to why some Brazilians mistreated the Japanese Brazilians (Levine and Crocitti 375). During this time, some of the policy makers were having difficulty in placing the Japanese Brazilians into their…show more content…
"When the protofascist Estado Novo dictatorship was established in 1937, one of its major new policies was the brasilidade campaign"; by these new campaigns we start to see how the Japanese-Brazilians were not welcomed into Brazil (Lesser 410).There was new legislation created to prevent the entry of the new immigrants coming into Brazil; "constitution of 1934 established a quota system, and while the immigrant stream from Japan slowed between 1933 and 1950" (Lesser 410). "By the 1930s, Nikkei visibility in the Brazilian economy created some resentment; the first generation Japanese-Brazilians were looked upon as insignificant to the Brazilian culture" (Lesser
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