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Diaspora and IdentityJapanese Brazilians in Brazil and Japan$
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Mieko Nishida

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824867935

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824867935.001.0001

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Postwar Immigrants and Their New Japanese Identity

Postwar Immigrants and Their New Japanese Identity

(p.99) Chapter Four Postwar Immigrants and Their New Japanese Identity
Diaspora and Identity

Mieko Nishida

University of Hawai'i Press

The new values and ideas that post-war Japanese immigrants brought with them to Brazil not only created conflicts with prewar immigrants but also challenged and/or confirmed patriarchy in the Japanese diaspora. Many postwar immigrant men arrived as single agricultural and industrial workers in the 1950s and 1960s. Some married Nisei and white Brazilian women but others preferred to look for women to marry back in Japan. Thus in the 1960s and 1970s adult Japanese women arrived in Brazil as “bride immigrants,” whose main role was to support their husbands in Brazil. In the 1980s, unemployed postwar immigrant men became the first to choose dekassegui work in Japan in order to support their families in Brazil. Like their prewar counterparts had done, postwar immigrant parents devoted themselves to the higher Brazilian education of both daughters and sons and expected them to succeed as urban upper-middle-class Brazilians.

Keywords:   postwar immigrants, gender, marriage, bride immigrants, family, dekassegui

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