Diaspora and Identity: Japanese Brazilians in Brazil and Japan by Mieko Nishida addresses the complex and fluid issue of Japanese Brazilian identity primarily through the avenue of oral history. Building on the foundational work of Takashi Maeyama and, more recently, Jeffrey Lesser, the core of Nishida's book is structured on more than 100 interviews conducted in Brazil and Japan over a span of 20 years beginning in 1998. The vast majority (96) of these interviews were conducted in Brazil. Only eight respondents gave testimonials in Japan. Nishida prefers the term “life stories,” collected without questionnaires (p. 7). Her main objective is to address issues of self-identity and gender within the context of Brazilian society from the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in 1908 to recent years. This book has three main strengths. First, Nishida talked with Nikkei (immigrants and their descendants)...
Book Review|February 01 2019
Daniel M. Masterson; Diaspora and Identity: Japanese Brazilians in Brazil and Japan. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 February 2019; 99 (1): 192–193. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-7288391
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