Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Brazil Initiative

Maxine Margolis -What Does It Mean to be Brazilian?

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street

As recent immigrants in the United States, Japan and several countries in Europe, Brazilians for the first time find themselves in situations where they are viewed as an ethnic minority. “Brazilian” becomes a marked category within the context of international migration because it raises questions of ethnic identity with which Brazilians have had little or no prior experience or consciousness. This presentation examines the contested identity of Brazilians in the U.S., the role of North American ethnic categories in this identity and Brazilians attempts to distinguish themselves from “the other”—Hispanics. It also briefly explores the identity of Brazilians in Portugal and in Japan.