Changing life styles of successive generations (Portuguese)

Defining the term "Nikkei" (Portuguese) Brazilian of Japanese descents (Portuguese) Japan's impact on the image of Nikkei in Brazil (Portuguese) Change in sense of Nikkei Brazilian identity over time (Portuguese) Nikkei community concentrated in São Paulo (Portuguese) Changing life styles of successive generations (Portuguese)

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(Portuguese) Well, my life, my personal life, it’s, you know, I’d say that it’s pretty typical of a large part of the Japanese community in Brazil. So, my family, from the beginning, it’s interesting because I come from a family of fishermen in Japan. My grandfather came to Brazil and started growing cotton. Then later he switched to potatoes and grew potatoes. And then my father followed, my father has passed away, but my brothers continue in farming. We’re six, of six children, the three men are still in farming.

As for me, the oldest daughter, I left the interior, which has a community of more or less, the Japanese community there these days is somewhere around two hundred families, those that live in Itapetininga. But I came to São Paulo, I left for São Paulo in 1972. I never went back, I still live in São Paulo, right. Meaning, you could say that there was a whole phase, up until I was eighteen, when I lived in an agrarian community, in an interior community that was by and large rural. Afterwards, I came to São Paulo, I went to São Paulo, to study, I went to college. And there, I continued in the Japanese community.

Date: October 7, 2005
Location: California, US
Interviewer: Ann Kaneko
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum.

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