The Portuguese in the US: did you know?

Here are some numbers that demonstrate the presence of Portuguese-American in the United States according to the 2018 American Community Survey.
Do you know anyone of Portuguese origin in the US? The Portuguese have been in this country for a while and have contributed quite a bit to this country.

The Portuguese-American community

Lusophone authors Mia Couto and Julián Fuks in The NYT’s The Decameron Project

The Decameron Project  by the New York Times features two Lusophone writers whose stories were translated into English and are part of a rich collection of 29 literary texts about the pandemic.

Mia Couto, Portuguese writer
Mia_Couto.jpg: Luis Miguel Martins from Portugalderivative work: MachoCarioca / CC BY-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)

Portuguese author Mia Couto wrote An obliging robber, beautifully written and illustrated, and worthwhile reading. Read it in the Portuguese here.

Brazilian author Julián Fuks shares with the readers his  A time of death, the death of time story. I bet you will related to what he wrote!

About The Decameron Project by The New York Times: “As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, we asked 29 authors to write new short stories inspired by the moment. We were inspired by Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” written as the plague ravaged florence in the 14th century.”

Morte e vida Severina – Death and life of a Severino

Assista ao desenho animado Morte e vida Severina, Auto de Natal Pernambucano  (Death and life of a Severino, Auto of Pernambucan Christmas), a versão audiovisual da peça teatral de João Cabral de Melo Neto, publicada originalmente em 1956 e adaptada para os quadrinhos pelo cartunista Miguel Falcão.

Em preto e branco,  o desenho animado narra a jornada de Severino, um retirante nordestino, que migra do sertão para o litoral pernambucano em busca de uma vida melhor. Morte e vida Severina é uma das grandes obras da literatura brasileira.

“– My name is Severino,
I have no Christian name.
There are lots of Severinos
(a saint of pilgrimage)
so they began to call me
Maria’s Severino.
There are many Severinos
With mothers called Maria,
So I became Marias’s
Of Zacarias, deceased.”
Morte e Vida Severina by João Cabral de Melo Neto (Translated by Elizabeth Bishop)

 

Americans in Brazil

In the 1800s Americans were invited to settle in Brazil and bring ideias for the technical and agricultural development of the South American country. They were offered land and slaves to develop farms and businesses. 
Read here
 how  the Confederate loyalists ended up in Brazil in the late 1800s.

Villa Americana em 1906.
Villa Americana em 1906. Public domain/Domínio público.

 

Heranças africanas na língua portuguesa

A miscigenação linguística é responsável pelo idioma rico e variado que falamos hoje no Brasil — o país com o maior número de falantes da língua portuguesa no mundo. O português do Brasil tem grande número de palavras de herança africana. Neste artigo você vai aprender quinze palavras usadas pelos brasileiros que têm origens no continente africano. Leia o artigo aqui.

Variantes da língua: Portugal x Brasil

Artigo interessante sobre as variações linguísticas entre o português falado em Portugal e no Brasil: