Episode 1 – Edmundo Fujita
As the first Japanese Brazilian to be accepted into Itamaraty (the Brazilian Diplomatic Service) in 1975, he created precedence for younger generations of Nikkei diplomats as well as for other ethnic groups. Remembered by his family, colleagues and friends for his professionalism and erudition, Edmundo was not only a pioneer in this area but was also an example to be followed, a fact inexistent until that moment.
Episode 2- Beatriz Sano, Eduardo Fukushima and Yoshi Suzuki
Three Japanese Brazilian dancers, who have gained national and international recognition, talk about the paths they had to tread in order to grow professionally. Calling attention to the disadvantages of the Asian biotype in dance, they reveal the real challenges on stage for those who aspire to be dancers in Brazil.
Episode 3 – Beatriz Diaféria and Rogerio Nagai
Beatriz Diaféria and Rogerio Nagai, two Japanese Brazilian artists, share their professional trajectory in theatre arts, a world still dominated by whites. They tell how it is to be a Japanese -Brazilian actor/actress in Brazil and how they deal with the stereotypes of nikkeis in the Brazilian imagery.
Episode 4- Janaina Tokitaka and Oscar Nakasato
Faced with the lack of representativity of Asian characters in Brazilian literature, two writers – Oscar Nakasato and Janaina Tokitaka – show how outstanding they are not only for their award- winning works but also for the desire to produce affective and multicultural narratives.
Episode 5 – Gustavo Tanaka and Mayura Okura
In the competitive world of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial leadership, Gustavo Tanaka and Mayura Sakura got where they are today through diligence and self-knowledge. Both talk about the resilience necessary to be in this professional world.
Episode 6- Celso Kinjo and Leonardo Sakamoto
Two important journalists from 2 different generations, Celso Kinjo and Leonardo Sakamoto analyze the current informational crisis as well as the adversities they have dealt with during their professional careers.
Episode 7- Cecilia Ishitani, Silvia Morimoto and Yukie Watanabe
A gap of fifteen years marks Ambassador Edmundo Fujita´s entrance into Itamaraty and the approval of first female Japanese Brazilian to join the institution. In this episode, we talk with three female Japanese Brazilians from different generations who followed their respective paths in the field of international relations.
Episode 8 – Emi Murano and Masato Ninomiya
In this episode, we wanted to create a counterpoint by presenting the story of the professional success of Emi Murano and Masato Ninomiya, who respectively followed careers considered traditional such as Medicine and Law. Despite the high representativity of Japanese Brazilians in these 2 areas, we intend to show how both struggled to achieve fame and respect in areas where positive stereotypes could also hinder professional mobility.
Episode 9 – Monica Okamoto
In this episode, Professor Monica Okamoto of the Federal University of Paraná reflects on the social representativity of Asians in Brazil and the barriers created by ethnic stereotypes as well as the myth of the “minority model”.