Groundbreaking Report Opens Discussion About Health Care in Brazilian Community
Chris Burrell
The Island's growing population of Brazilian immigrants came here in large part to better their economic condition, but a study released last week shows that in many cases the endeavor is taking a serious toll on their health.
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Brazilian Influx Reshapes Contours of Community; Impact Difficult to Gauge
Chris Burrell
Danubia Campos can remember back six or seven years ago when she knew every Brazilian on Martha's Vineyard.
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American Dream: Young Brazilian Finds Vineyard Is Pure Home
Mike Seccombe

Danubia Campos dreams big. A law degree, or maybe one in international relations. Possibly a career with the United Nations or even one as a Supreme Court Justice.

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Oak Bluffs School to Host Talk on Brazilian Students

Oak Bluffs School principal Laury Binney will be showing a short film and speaking about his recent travels to Brazil on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. It is free and open to all.

Mr. Binney, who took an unpaid sabbatical last year, and his wife Marcy, a reading teacher, spent six months visiting elementary schools in Brazil in an effort to gain insights into addressing the needs of Brazilian-born students on the Vineyard. The talk takes place at the Oak Bluffs School.

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Tracing Origins of Brazilians on the Island
Daniela Gerson

Lyndon Johnson Pereira is all but forgotten. Just a handful of the Island’s some 3,000 Brazilian residents have heard of him. Other pioneering Brazilians who came in the late 1980s and early 1990s are now Island personalities, including Elio Silva, owner of the Tisbury Farm Market and other stores, and Paco Santana, a painter.

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Brazilian Consul Challenges Students to Be Ambassadors
Remy Tumin

Can you guess the two biggest countries in the Western Hemisphere that were born around the same time, colonized by Europeans, share a history of slavery and indigenous people, and are both democracies? Here’s a hint: the largest community abroad of one of these countries lives here in New England.

Brazil and the United States may have more in common than you thought.

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Graduates Win Approval to Wear Brazilian Colors
Megan Dooley

In a last-minute reversal of principal Stephen Nixon’s recent decision regarding appropriate graduation wear, the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School district committee voted last night to allow seniors, Brazilian and otherwise, to wear personalized scarves over their graduation gowns.

The vote followed an impassioned speech from former high school student and recent Emory University graduate Alex Parker.

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Students Reflect: Pride, Prejudice Set Off by Scarf
Megan Dooley

The mood was buoyant Wednesday night, as a small group of high school students gathered with friends to share a meal and conversation. Handshakes and hugs passed as greetings at the door, and when everyone had settled, one student pulled a long piece of cloth from her belongings.

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Brazilians Speak Out, In Their Own Words
Ana Nascimento

In every community there are people who have different experiences, who are unique and yet similar. We live side by side with each other, but how much do we know about our neighbors? Most of the people I spoke to for this piece are well known to me, and yet I did not know their stories. We all have a story, sometimes known only to ourselves.

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