A Discontented Diaspora: Japanese Brazilians and the Meanings of Ethnic Militancy, 1960-1980. JEFFREY LESSER: Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2007.

David William Foster


Lesser is the author of Welcoming the Undesirables; Brazil and the Jewish Question (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994), easily the best book written about Jewish immigrants in Latin America. In it, Lesser argues eloquently that Jews were both desirable and undesirable for Brazil: desirable because they contributed to "whitening" the national population and enhancing a Brazilian brain trust in science and technology, but undesirable because their religious beliefs and practices and socio-ethnic horizons constituted a significant dissonance in terms of the rather carefully managed concepts of a unified Brazilian cultural nationalism.


Japanese, Brazil, religion, ethnic,

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