Japanese-Brazilian Music and Ethnic Identity in the Post-Dekasegi Era
This talk explores how circular migration between Brazil and Japan since 1990 has led Japanese-Brazilians to push back against the stereotypes that have circumscribed their participation in Brazilian society and, in some cases, to assert more forcefully their allegiance with the Brazilian nation. At the forefront of these social changes, musicians are using their art to redefine perceptions of the Nikkei community in Brazil, reshaping the musical resources and national mythologies of Japan and Brazil.
Shanna Lorenz is a professor of music and Latino/a and Latin American Studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
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