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|Título:||Dekasseguis. Japanese - Brazilian Immigrants in Japan and the Question of Identity|
|Editorial:||Universidade Nova de Lisboa|
|Descripción:||From the mid 1980 s onwards, Brazilians descended from Japanese have been going to Japan as migrant workers who occupy unskilled jobs, as part of a phenomenon that is known as the Dekassegui Movement . In this context, the concept of the identity of the Nikkei (descendants of Japanese) has been the cause of much debate, prompting us to reflect about what it means to be both Japanese and Brazilian, i.e. what it means to be Japanese in Brazil and Brazilian in Japan . In the first place, this article seeks to clarify the question of the socalled homeland of these migrants Brazil or Japan? Subsequently, it then expounds upon the legal aspects of this migration, especially in the light of the amendment to the Japanese immigration control laws, promulgated in 1990. In this context, it briefly traces the scenario prior to the presence of Brazilians in Japan, referring specifically to illegal immigrants in the Land of the Rising Sun, particularly to those of Asian origin. Given this, we shall then outline, in general terms, the characteristics of this migratory movement of Brazilians who are descendants of Japanese to the land of their ancestors, dividing it into three different periods: the mid 1980´s; the late 1980´s and early 1990´s; and the mid 1990´s. Once we have established the context, we shall then proceed to discuss the question of identity that comes into play in such threshold situations, in which diverse aspects are negotiated, thus configuring a virtual game of identity.|
|Aparece en las Colecciones:||Bulletin of Portuguese - Japanese Studies|
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