International Affairs
5 June 2014 , Volume 70, Number 3

Malcha’s is a falafel shop owned by a woman who left Yemen to settle first in Israel and then Brazil. Her small restaurant is located in a São Paulo neighbourhood known in the 19th century as Italian, in the 20th century as Jewish, and in the 21st century as Korean and Bolivian. The menu is written in Portuguese, Hebrew, and Korean. The packed lunch hour is just a small indication of how the long history of immigration to Brazil has created an immensely multicultural society.


Jeffrey Lesser, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of History, Emory University, and author of Immigration, Ethnicity and National Identity in Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 2012)


An elderly Nikkei in São Paulo's Little Tokyo. Photo: Marc Burleigh/AFP/Getty

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