Jorge Nagao

Jorge Nagao was born in Vera Cruz, in the state of São Paulo, in 1952. He lives in São Paulo. In the 1980s, he contributed to Folha de S. Paulo’s humor section and to the popular satirical weekly Pasquim. Since 2010, he has been a columnist for the newspaper Nippak/Brasil, and is part of the crew at www.algoadizer.com.br.

Updated November 2014.

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Nikkei Chronicles #3: Nikkei Names: Taro, John, Juan, João?

About Japanese Names

Japanese names have always sounded strange to Brazilian ears. Thus, early immigrants not only adopted Brazilian names for themselves, but also began naming their children with "gaijin" names. And there's that story about the Issei who registered his son’s name as Sugiro ("I suggest") because he had heard from a friend, "I suggest Antônio, João, or Carlos," while mentioning the most common names.

Sigueru Ietsugu, a friend of mine, introduced himself to his new boss. He said his name, repeated it, but in vain. The boss decided to call him Paulo.

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

Nihongo vai e vem

Tadatoshi e Setsuko, meus pais, chegaram à capital paulista, vindos de Vera Cruz, interior de São Paulo, em 1955, com 5 filhos. 

Depois de uma breve passagem por uma casa na zona leste, no distrito de Ermelino Matarazzo, meu pai adquiriu um mercadinho/mise, próximo dali.

Como os fregueses não aprendiam a pronunciar seus nomes, Tadatoshi virou Mário e Setsuko, Helena. Seu Mário e Dona Helena, tiveram que se comunicar em Português com os fregueses, com todas as dificuldades inimagináveis. Assim, o nosso Nihongo ficava restrito a algumas expressões e palavras como hai ...

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