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Umi nu kanata - overseas: alterity and history in okinawan Brazilian community

Grant number: 13/05374-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2013
Effective date (End): April 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Anthropology
Principal Investigator:Lilia Katri Moritz Schwarcz
Grantee:Lais Miwa Higa
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Through ethnography of written material about the history of Okinawa and the Okinawan immigration to Brazil, and field work at the World Youth Uchinanchu Festival, we propose to analyze how history is a constituent part in the production of discourses on "culture "and" identity " of the okinanwans in Brazil. The ultimate goal is to scrutinize, in a specific group, the process of agency and mobilization of social markers of difference (such as history, race, ethnicity, gender) in their interethnic contact. Concomitantly, we quest a reflection on the researchers insertion in her field, once she is a member of the studied group. Therefore we also propose the development of a deeper investigation about the anthropological work as a methodological strategy. (AU)

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HIGA, Lais Miwa. Umi Nu Kanata across the sea: history and difference in okinawan brazilian community. 2015. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH/SBD) São Paulo.

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