Letting people know I am from Brazil

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In fact, when I work with Japanese companies, in such an environment where nothing is related to Brazil, I feel like there might be something that only I don’t understand or I’m not aware of. Since I don’t want to be in such situations, when I meet people for the first time, especially when there is no chance to bring up “Brazil,” I try to tell them I’m from Brazil.

Well, under such circumstances, uh, how should I say this, it’s not like I want to declare my identity as Brazilian or Nikkei, but rather I don’t want to be rude to others without knowing that I’m being rude, so if they know that I’m from Brazil, well, I’m hoping that they might be a bit tolerant, so I try to tell them a bit about where I come from.

Date: October 18, 2016
Location: Gunma, Japan
Interviewer: Shigeru Kojima
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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