Acting Brazilian in Japan: Ethnic resistance among return migrants

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This article examines the performative enactment of a Brazilian nationalist identity among Japanese-Brazilian return migrants in Japan as a form of autonomous ethnic resistance against Japanese assimilative pressures. By appropriating and reconstituting Brazilian nationalist symbols abroad and by intentionally acting Brazilian, the Japanese-Brazilians assert their cultural differences in Japan, thereby engaging in an active struggle for ethnic recognition as a distinct minority group that cannot be subsumed under racially essentialized Japanese assumptions in which shared descent is understood to produce cultural commonalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-71
Number of pages17
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethnicity
  • Migration
  • National identity
  • Performance
  • Resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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