Lili Kawamura

Lili Kawamura has a doctorate in Sociology (University of São Paulo), Free-Docent in Education (UNICAMP – State University at Campinas, SP), Professor and Researcher at UNICAMP-FE (since 1987); Visiting Professor at the Masters Program of the University of Tsukuba in Japan (1997-2000); Visiting Professor at the University of Tenri in Japan (1994); Collaborating Professor at the University of Foreign Studies in Kyoto (1994) and Researcher at the University of Nagoya (1993-1994). She has published books and articles about Brazilian immigration to Japan, including “Where Are the Brazilians Going?” published by Unicamp, 2nd edition in 2003, and “Japanese Society and Brazilian Immigrants” (in Japanese), published by Akashi Shoten, Tokyo, 2000, in addition to articles in Brazilian and Japanese magazines.

Updated September 20, 2008

migration en pt

The Multiple Identities of the Nikkei Community

Brazilian Migrations: Social and Cultural Networks between Brazil and Japan

Introduction

My presentation is based on field research conducted by the author, with the support of the Japan Foundation (2002), along with UNICAMP-FE, among groups of Brazilian migrant workers in several Japanese cities (Hamamatsu, Toyota, Oizumi, Ota, Toyohashi, and Nagano) and in the Brazilian cities of Londrina, Maringá, and São Paulo. My goal is to show, through changes that have taken place during the course of more than twenty years of migrations, the formation of networks and the role they play in regard to the migrants.

Initially, life for Brazilians in Japan was characterized by their presence in some ...

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migration en es pt

COPANI & KNT (2007)

Current Issues regarding the Brazilian Migration to Japan

In my presentation, I’ll discuss the migration of Japanese-Brazilians to Japan, a process that has led to significant changes in the lives of a growing segment of the Nikkei population in Brazil, as well as in Japan.

Since the early ‘90s, a growing number of Brazilians of Japanese ancestry and their families, with Brazilians descendent from other nationalities, have taken part in the “coming and going” Brazil-Japan route, looking for a better living conditions searching for a dream of technological modernity as reflected in the image of a powerful and rich Japan. That migration stems from the desire to ...

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