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China’s creeping influence over Brazil’s economy

Brazil’s economy China
Chinese new year in São Paulo (2016). Photo: Commons.
Brazil’s economy China
Chinese new year in São Paulo (2016). Photo: Commons.

For Brazilians in the 19th century, oriental aesthetics – dragon-emblazoned clothing, porcelain, sun parasols – were signs of refinement and high social standing. Beverage choice, too, was important: before coffee, Brazil had a taste for tea. In 1812, a few hundred Chinese peasants became the first immigrants from their country when they...

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