Intercultural Salon: Stereotypes about Brazil – 異文化理解サロン:ブラジルに対するステレオタイプ

RodrigoHi, everyone! My name is Rodrigo Brinca and I’m the Brazilian CIR working at Shiga Prefectural Government Office.

On May 24th I had the opportunity to give a presentation on Brazil in Kyoto’s Prefectural International Center. Since I had total freedom to choose the topic, I decided to talk about the stereotyped views Japanese people have regarding Brazil. My reasoning behind choosing this theme actually has to do with the fact that Japanese people actually do know a good amount about my country, although their perception is biased, understandably, by what Japan’s mainstream media says about it.


SambaFirst I selected a few topics I knew beforehand that Japanese people had some knowledge of, like Brazilian music, tourist attractions and so on. Then I explained what are some common misconceptions about these, i.e. “Brazilian women dance naked during carnival”, “all Brazilians can play soccer like Neymar” etc. By doing this, I believe we could reflect on how a minor aspect of someone’s culture can be misinterpreted as something major when no cultural context is given.


FavelasThe public showed a great deal of interest and we also had time to answer some interesting questions on varied topics by the end of the presentation. Since my usual listeners are elementary school students (which I also love talking to), I was glad to have this chance to talk to a different group of people and present to Japanese adults some aspects of Brazilian Culture that are not well known. I’m also looking forward to holding similar events in my home prefecture, Shiga when I get the chance.

Discussion with the participants 参加者とのディスカッション

Discussion with the participants


Also, lastly, from this year the CIRs from Shiga also started a blog. Be sure to check it out if you are interested in Shiga’s culture, tourist attractions or Multiculturalism.


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