A perspective from countryside Brazil

In the small town of 60 thousand inhabitants of Caçador, in the southern state of Santa Catarina, in Brazil the views about Azerbaijani multiculturalism haven’t been well developed yet. That will hopefully change soon as local students have the chance to visit the country and introduce more people to it’s culture and traditions. It is well known that our countries have kept diplomatic relations since 1993 and that long lasting relation have given the people of Brazil a chance to better understand “Azerbaijão” (how the country is called in the Portuguese language, the official language of Brazil). Since the embassy of Azərbaycan Xalq Cümhuriyyəti has been established in Brazil in 2012, the country’s influence has been a topic of more frequent studies and discussions, including the importance of it’s independence anniversary. It is also widely known that Azerbaijan was considered the first democratic muslim nation in the world. To understand how Brazil sees multiculturalism in other countries it is important to understand how Brazil undestands itself as a nation. Due to its history of immigration and slavery Brazil is very much a melting pot having a lot of diversity in its origins, in it’s religions and overall culture. Due to such a big miscigenation our country can understand well the living with different peers, it is clear that all the citizens belong to some community and this communities together become what we see as a nation. This multiculturalism show very much who we are as a people. Having the knowledge of this important aspect of our countries takes me to a special topic, which I enjoy very much, that both Brazil and Azerbaijan love wrestling, jiu jitsu and other related sports. Capoeira is a Brazilian sport which is a national passion and Azerbaijan was an amazing guest for the sport’s world’s championship - that gives a glimpse into the multiculturalism of the nation. It is noticeble that Brazil crafted airplanes made by the company Embaer were sold to Azerbaijan Airlines in 2014 too, exploring all the aspects of both economies working mutually for a better and more connected world. To conclude, Brazil’s persception of Azerbaijani multiculturalism is still in its beggining and hopefully as more scholars get to understand this multiculturalism and write articles about it, books, put it on social media and other channels this knowledge will became part of the things people know and have a point of view about. Having desired to be a changemaker I hope I can be part of a team of Brazilians sparkling the change and sharing the beauty of Azerbaijan to our fellow nationals.

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