American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online) DIO: 10.30845/aijss

Identity and Immigration
Cizina Célia Fernandes Pereira Resstel, Dr. José Sterza Justo, Marcelo Naputano, Dra. Mary Yoko Okamoto

The general purpose of this research has elected, as object of research, the experience of dekasegi’s children (term used to describe Japanese descendants who are born in Brazil and go to Japan looking for a job) about living with two distinct cultures when they follow their parents in long-time work seasons in Japan and when they return to Brazil. For that purpose, interviews were held with dekasegi who have returned to Brazil and their children using a clinical method of investigation, and psychoanalysis were used as a theoretical background. The results indicate that these immigrants’ children, according to current trends of production of subjectivation models based on flexibility and difference, develop personal identification with both cultures - Brazilian and Japanese - though not in a well-balanced way. However, while recent subjectivation models experienced by these immigrants’ children bring contribution for identity references, they also generate conflicts, tensions, anxieties and challenges.

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