Hudson Okada

Udê, a.k.a. Hudson Okada, was born in the city of Matão, São Paulo, on Aug. 2, 1979. Since 2005, he lives in the city of São Paulo’s Liberdade district. He is part of the Jornal Nippak team of collaborators. As a writer, he has won several literary contests – including an honorable second place in Brazil’s Sesc-DF Prize for Literature, in the short stories category.

Updated July 2016

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Nikkei Chronicles #5—Nikkei-go: The Language of Family, Community, and Culture


Even though there are many words and expressions that characterize them for Brazilians—hai, banzai, and arigatô—the interjection né [Portuguese-language contraction of não [not] + é [is], meaning “isn’t it?”], of course, is the one that most relates to Japanese. That is evidenced by the fact that there isn’t a single jokester who has never teased a Japanese person, saying things like, “It’s expensive, né?,” “the Japanese have the slanted eye, né?,” and “the Japanese eat raranges, …

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