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15 Asian Brazilians Talk About The Moment They Realized They Weren't Counted As "White"
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Japanese-Brazilians struggle with identity despite long history in World Cup host nation. A link has been sent to your friend's email address. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Next to woodblock prints of Japan's quintessential sport hang green-and-yellow Brazilian flags, and the raucous babble of conversation tosses up sprays of Japanese and Portuguese.
It is the fifth largest country in the world, exceeded in size only by Russia , Canada , China , and the United States , though its area is greater than that of the 48 conterminous U. Brazil faces the Atlantic Ocean along 4, miles 7, km of coastline and shares more than 9, miles 15, km of inland borders with every South American country except Chile and Ecuador—specifically, Uruguay to the south; Argentina , Paraguay , and Bolivia to the southwest; Peru to the west; Colombia to the northwest; and Venezuela , Guyana , Suriname , and French Guiana to the north. Brazil stretches roughly 2, miles 4, km from north to south and from east to west to form a vast irregular triangle that encompasses a wide range of tropical and subtropical landscapes, including wetlands, savannas, plateaus, and low mountains.
In Brazil, if you're Asian or of Asian descent, it isn't always obvious to recognize yourself as being anything other than white. Many Asian Brazilians often "pass" as white and can take advantage of many privileges that affords. However, Asian Brazilians still frequently encounter racism and have to deal with questions about their identity, self image and self esteem. On behalf of BuzzFeed Brazil, I reached out to a Facebook group of Asian Brazilians called Perigo Amarelo and invited them to share their experiences of living in Brazil as an Asian or person of Asian descent, especially in terms of racism they've encountered and how they've navigated their identity. Here are their stories:.