Isaac Meyer

Historian, teacher, podcaster

Episode 207 – Across the Sea, Part 3

This week, we’re headed south to take a look at Nikkei communities in Brazil and Peru.

Listen to the episode here.

Sources

Masterson, Daniel et al. The Japanese in Latin America.

Dresner, Jonathan. Japanese Diasporas: Unsung Pasts, Conflicting Presents, and Uncertain Futures.

An article from NACLA on Nikkeijin and the legacy of Alberto Fujimori.

A Reuters article on Brazilian Nikkeijin.

Images

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Children waving Japanese and Brazilian flags at a 2008 celebration of 100 years of Japanese immigration to Brazil.

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A Japanese-Brazilian family outside of Sao Paolo.

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Japanese immigration companies used posters like this one (which reads “Let’s move to South America with our families”) to encourage people to sign up for immigration companies.

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A Japanese-Brazilian run business in Sao Paolo.

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Japanese-Brazilian laborers on a coffee plantation. Though not as arduous as sugar harvesting, coffee is not an easy plant to work with.

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Japanese-Peruvians were in some cases forcibly interned in the United States during World War II. This baseball team from Crystal Lake is entirely Japanese-Peruvian, excepting one man in the bottom row second from left.

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Alberto Fujimori, the first Nikkei president of Peru. Initially quite popular, his corruption and lack of regard for the law led to his impeachment in 2000. He now resides in a Peruvian prison.

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Alberto Fujimori’s daughter Keiko, a Peruvian Senator and head of the Popular Force right-wing party.

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1 Comment

  1. Jason

    An update: Alberto Fujimori has been released from prison. It’s a pretty weird situation but basically the current president, Pedro Kuczynski, was facing an impeachment proceedings initiated by Keiko. Her brother, Kenji who is also a Fujimorista in congress organized 9 other members of the party to vote against impeachment. Allegedly, Kenji agreed to vote no on impeachment in exchange for a “humanitarian pardon.” Kuczynski, of course, denies this but it doesn’t really look good.

    https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/01/peru-revoke-fujimori-pardon

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