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The Korean Community in Brazil: Challenges, Achievement and Prospects

By Lytton L. Guimaraes, Ph.D., Coordinator, Asian Studies Group, University of Brasilia

Friday, April 03, 2009
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
USC Korean Studies Institute
The Ahn House
809 W. 34th Street at USC University Park Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0142

The talk will be based mainly on the paper “The Korean Community in Brazil: Challenges, Achievement and Prospects”, written as part of a research project carried out in the city of Sao Paulo.  The main objective of the research and the paper was to identify and characterize the Korean community in Sao Paulo, formed by migration during the 1960´s-1980´s.  The population of the Korean community is estimated to be above 50,000 members.  First generations of the Korean community members faced hardship and problems of adaptation, integration, and acculturation, but a large majority of the community has been able to overcome barriers and many of them have succeeded as doctors, lawyers, university professors, and in business.  Despite some limitations, as a pioneer effort, the study contributes to a better understanding of the Korean community in Sao Paulo and in Brazil.  Further studies are suggested, to focus on demographic, social and economic aspects, as well as on attitudes towards changes and in relation to further integration into Brazilian society.

Open to the public.

Cost : Free

Elanie Kim

Sponsor(s): Center for Korean Studies, USC Korean Studies Institute Association for Asian Studies The Korea Foundation

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