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Zelideth Maria Rivas
Marshall University Research Corporation (Huntington, WV 25701-2218)

Competing Nationalisms of the Japanese Brazilian Diasporic Community

Summer research and writing on East Asian and Latin American Literature and Immigration History.

From the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil to Hamamatsu, Japan, a large diasporic population of Japanese Brazilians is ever present in media, politics, and the economy as symbols of kinship and citizenship with singular national identities. And yet, these identities move beyond dualistic constructions of Japanese or Brazilian. As an NEH Summer Stipend Fellow, I will investigate these claims in my book, Caught In-Between: Competing Nationalisms of Japanese in Brazil, while completing the final research needed in Japan during the Summer 2015. Here, I examine this population through the literary and identitarian concepts of representation, memory, victimization, adaptation, and freedom. This project contributes to the NEH's Bridging Cultures initiative by examining migratory flows of Japanese to Brazil and Japanese Brazilians to Japan, expanding upon Americans' understanding of nationalism, citizenship, and race specifically in Japan and Brazil, but also in today's globalized society.

Project fields:
East Asian Literature; Immigration History; Latin American Literature

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 7/31/2015