LETTERS

    LETTERS

    By Brazzil Magazine

    In a time of an unfortunate crisis Brazil is still very rich in many ways. I am a
    26-year-old New Jersey resident, Native American. I have visited Brazil five times, three
    alone in 99. There are many things that give Brazil a good name, but unfortunately many
    Americans don’t even know where Brazil is. I am different. I love Brazil and would like to
    tell the readers of Brazzil my views as an American about your wonderful country.

    Here in the United States we are so busy with many things. There is not enough time
    spent together with families. When I stay in Brazil I feel so great because I stay with
    friends. I can’t believe the closeness of families and friends. Brazilians have a great
    sense of loyalty for family values and pier’s. The last family I stayed with was so great,
    living in Bragança Paulista, state of São Paulo. Every day at 12:30 the whole family
    gets together for lunch. Even though two of the children have recently married they still
    come home for lunch.

    The streets are always buzzing and there is a sense of welcomeness in the air. I can’t
    stay away from Brazil. Every year I find myself on a plane again to São Paulo. I feel so
    welcome when I arrive. Here in the USA I never feel so good and comfortable with the
    people around me. Therefore I have found Brazilians who live here in New Jersey to be
    friends with. I will only date Brazilian women and for the last four years I studied
    Portuguese. As an American I feel that there is no culture here in the States. I want my
    children to grow up with strong family values. I will one day marry a Brazilian woman for
    these reasons; they are the most beautiful women in the world also.

    Where are we going? The American people are living in front of their computers not
    aware that their families and friends need attention. I love Brazil and all Brazilian
    people. Never before had I met a race of such caring and wonderful individuals. I live in
    New Jersey, close to Newark. My girlfriend is Brazilian (Paulista) I have adapted
    to the Brazilian culture and way of life. If anyone has any questions about my views or
    opinion’s please e-mail me.

    Brian P Costigan
    Newark, New Jersey
    bcsaopaulo@aol.com

    India in Bahia

    I’m a Canadian writer, based in Montreal. In the spring, I had the privilege of
    spending nine weeks in Bahia. I was doing research for a play I’m in the process of
    writing. I also write prose—fiction and journalism—and have had a couple of
    spinoff articles from my recent trip. The one I’m working on right now centers on Filhos
    de Gandhy, but is more globally about the strange and wonderful ways I, the child of
    Indian immigrants in North America, encountered India in Brazil.

    I hung out with Filhos de Gandhy while I was in Salvador, went on a small caminhada
    with them, and spoke to a few members in the Pelourinho office. It so happened that a
    small contingent was traveling to India shortly after my departure from Brazil. Last week
    (it took me a while to get the interview) I spoke with Gilberto Gil, who traveled with
    this small group as the Filhos de Gandhy vice president. Needless to say, this was a huge
    thrill, and has sewn up the article quite nicely.

    I am writing the article for one of the Canadian national newspapers, the National
    Post, but perhaps Brazzil will consider running a reprint of it in an upcoming issue.
    Once I have a final version, we can talk further about whether it would suit your mandate.
    In the meantime, perhaps you can help me: I am trying to secure some good photos of Filhos
    de Gandhy and Gil to accompany the article. I have a few snapshots I took while in Brazil,
    but I am no photographer, and I’m not sure they are good enough to publish. Any leads you
    can offer me would be very much appreciated.

    Also, I’m interested in contacting one of your contributors: Pravina Shukla, who wrote
    about Carnaval in Bahia. Would you have an e-mail address for this person, or would you
    mind passing on my e-address and asking her to get in touch with me? It’s nothing
    earth-shattering, just a simple curiosity to speak with this person who has an Indian name
    and is, like me, into Brazil.

    Padma Viswanathan
    Canada

    Keep the Arms

    I would like to say that the article on crime was most interesting. However I must
    disagree with what President Cardoso is doing with these gun-control schemes. How does he
    think that disarming the lawful citizens of Brazil will make people safer? This is
    insanity. The criminals get their drugs and their guns. Renegade government officials also
    have their guns.

    Does President Cardoso really want all the citizens helpless victims before either
    thugs or renegade government people? Have we not seen in other countries what happens when
    the citizens are disarmed? As Dr Robert J. Cottrol, the African-American professor of law
    and history at George Washington University wrote in the Los Angeles Times, Sunday,
    November 7, 1999:

    "The central premise of the gun control movement is that society becomes more
    civilized when the citizen surrenders the means of self-defense, leaving the state a
    monopoly of force. That this premise goes largely unchallenged is the most remarkable
    feature of our gun control debate. We are ending a century that has repeatedly witnessed
    the consequences of unchecked state monopolies of force."

    So I must say the other efforts to combat crime sound reasonable and hopeful but these
    schemes to disarm the average Brazilian sound ominous, not beneficial.

    Cici da Costa
    Via Internet

    Native Americans

    I’m trying to make an interactive library of all indigenous people from every
    continent. And I was planning to start with all the Indian/indigenous tribes from North-
    and South- Meso America. So I kind of hoped that you guys could help me out. I can find
    some indigenous tribes names but if is far from complete. I read somewhere that there were
    or are around 230 tribes. Well, let’s say that I got 10% of the names. Or if you know some
    good complete websites or books, just let me know.

    Daniel Vanden Broeck
    Via Internet

    Living Lessons

    This is a letter to any reader of Brazzil. I met a young, beautiful Brazilian
    girl five years ago. Her name is Polyanna Camelo. She came on an exchange to a small town
    in Idaho, USA, where she attended my high school. We quickly became close and soon began
    dating. She was only here for six short months before her return to Brazil. In that short
    time, she taught me more to living and being free than anyone else. We lost touch through
    time and moving around, though. I have tried searching, but nothing. If anyone can help
    me, email me at smoothh_1@hotmail.com. I would
    love to reach her and catch up on our lives.

    Clay Seamons
    Moscow, Idaho

    Brazil Connection

    First let me say this. I am totally committed to keeping my subscription to Brazzil.
    Ever since my first trip to Rio de Janeiro, I have needed something to keep me
    "connected" to the culture and good times of Rio. Brazzil has been that
    connection. The new look of the magazine is awesome! I enjoy reading other perspectives on
    my favorite place in the world. Now I’m at the office feeling a little
    "homesick" for Rio. No….. scratch that… I’m feeling a "big"
    homesick for Rio. I’ve only been there twice this year and I intend to go back sometime
    after the first of the year. I never take the time to write to any of the other magazines
    I subscribe to. And this is only the second time I’ve ever written to a magazine. Both
    times have been to Brazzil. Keep up the good work.

    Rayne Man
    Via Internet

    Capital Musings

    I’m a Belgian architect and urbanist who recently visited Brasília for the first time.
    During my short visit I used the original competition text by Costa to visit the town and
    to compare dream with reality. Just two remarks: Costa has all the reasons to be proud as
    stated in the article. Most of the problems, which do exist in Brasília, are not linked
    to his project to my opinion. I was totally surprised by the human scale of the
    residential neighborhoods and their almost idyllic character.

    Niemeyer has taken way too much credit. His contributions are very powerful sculptural
    additions, which make men look little in the face of power and authority. It’s time to
    publish an honest report on the reality of Brasília and the work of Costa in general. He
    deserves it more than Niemeyer who managed apparently to take care of his PR in a more
    professional way.

    Filiep Decorte
    Belgium

    Back-Seat Complex

    Just a very quick and small correction to one of the many splendid articles in your Web
    page. Brazil is not the only country, (and not even the first) in the Southern Hemisphere
    to build its own submarines, as you state. Australia has the Colins class, which, contrary
    to Brazil’s, was totally developed and produced in Australia by Australians, and
    absolutely none of its components/systems was bought from Germany, England or any other
    country.

    I can see that in Brazil (or if you prefer, Brasil) there is still a great complex of
    inferiority in relation to the rest of the world, which prompts the need to, whenever
    possible, attribute to this country, feats of technology that only the Brazilians consider
    their own, i.e. considering that Santos Dumont and not the Orville brothers invented the
    airplane, or denying Bell the paternity for the invention of the telephone!

    Carlos Pereira
    Australia

    Korean Fraud

    I am interested in finding out about a very important subject that was all over the
    local news (TV, radio and newspapers) in Brazil during 1994 and 1995 about a big fraud
    committed against banks and construction companies by a Korean-Brazilian in the cities of
    Manaus and São Paulo. Can you give me an idea if you have published something like that
    and how could I be able to obtain this information.

    Gruchenska
    Miami, Florida

    Just Looking

    I received my free magazine yesterday and was very happy to get it. I am very
    interested in Brazil and would like to introduce myself. I am African-American (mixed);
    graduated from college – advanced degree; I live in Orlando, Florida; I am single; I own a
    home behind Sea World; and I want to be involved with the Brazzil network. I am
    also interested in finding a Brazilian woman who is nice and pretty.

    Woody
    Orlando, Florida
    el-wood.owens@worldnet.att.net

    Immediate Contacts

    I am very impressed with your magazine, I am interested in knowing the Brazilian
    culture and community that resides within the Los Angeles county area. I appreciate any
    advice in terms of where to meet Brazilians. I have had the pleasure of attempting to meet
    Brazilians in the samba clubs, etc… but it is very difficult to understand the
    culture on a personal basis, if anyone there has the time to contact me in some capacity,
    I would very much appreciate it. If you need any help with your magazine, in terms of
    proofreading please let me know, thanks.

    Bill Campbell
    Los Angeles, California
    anthony9808@yahoo.com 

    Keep up the Soaps

    I would just like to say that I love all the Brazilian soaps that air in Ontario,
    Canada. My parents are from Azores, Portugal and I was raised watching Brazilian soaps. My
    favorite one was Barriga de Aluguel. I also really liked Salsa e

    Merengue and Por Amor. Those were the best ones for me so far. I am
    currently watching Torre de Babel. It is good so far. My favorite actor from Brazil
    is the one who played Valentino in Salsa e Merengue and who is currently on Torre
    de Babel playing Alessandro. He is the best actor in the world for me and I love every
    soap that he is in! I think you guys do a great job making these wonderful soaps. Keep up
    the good work.

    Sandra
    Ontario, Canada

    Nature Call

    I’m a naturist from far away. I just want to tell you that although your site is good,
    it does not give a true detailed idea of naturist places, especially their locations. Most
    places mentioned are impossible to locate. Saying for example that an area is in Rio de
    Janeiro is way too vague. What about giving the street name, district, vicinity, etc?

    Farhan Adamjee
    fra@cyber.net.pk

    Of Virus and Weapons

    I have recently encountered a very intriguing book entitled Guns, Germs, and Steel.
    The author’s name is Jared Diamonda. It is a recently published book describing the impact
    of guns, germs, and steel on societies in the world. This has great historical impact on
    the world, Latin America, and especially on Brazil. I am very interested in publishing a
    review of this book in your publication. Would you be interested in publishing a book
    review?

    Lane B. Dayley
    Brigham Young University
    Provo, Utah

    That Lady

    How can I possibly find a pretty, intelligent, good-natured Brazilian girl/woman. My
    standards are very high because I’m 40 now and desire an authentic romance-relationship.
    Please help me! I have a scanned photo that I can send.

    Harold Schinman
    Boca Raton, Florida
    harold98@joffart.com

    Brazilian Cheers

    In a recent issue you had the Portuguese words to Happy Birthday. I can’t find my copy
    of Brazzil with it! What are the words? The birthday is—of course—11/9.
    Thank you so very much.

    Melinda Kelly
    Los Angeles, California

    Searching for Bundas

    Hi, my name is Maria and I’m a student of journalism. I’d like to make an interview
    with Ziraldo, whose statements I saw in your article on Bundas magazine. I’d like
    to find him. How?

    Maria Maia
    Brazil

    Brazilian Lessons

    I am doing a term paper on different types of literature in Brazil. I thought your
    magazine would help me. If you have any other information I might be able to use please
    e-mail me. Thank you!

    Heidi Kleinfelt
    Mount Pleasant. Michigan

    Business Partner

    I found your article interesting. I am the owner of an American manufacturing
    company who is looking for a Brazilian company to partner with that could provide a labor
    force to manufacture my products for distribution in South America. Would you have any
    idea how I would go about finding such as company in Brazil? The company would have to
    have qualified welders and machinist.

    Estel L. Lovitt
    lovitt@mitchell-railgear.com

    Resourceful Brazzil

    I find your articles very informative and interesting. I’m a student currently working
    on an economic forecast for Brazil. I found your website to be a very useful resource.

    Quan Trinh
    Richmond, Virginia

    Samba Fan

    Brilliant, mates. I have just found your site and found it very interesting. I play in
    a community based samba bateria group, for seven weeks now. I love it. I have
    always listened to music of this type and I can trace my interest back to a program called
    Come Dancing, which was on the BBC 1 TV. Keep up the good work

    Gerald Carter
    Leicester, England

    Is That You, Ubaldo?

    I would like to know how to get in touch with João Ubaldo Ribeiro, Brazilian author
    written about in the April 1999 issue. He could possibly be a person I knew in 1963 at USC
    (University of Southern California) in California. I’m American but I am now in Recife,
    state of Pernambuco, for six months. I would appreciate it if you could forward this
    message on to him or let me know an address where I could send him a letter. If this
    message is sent to him, all I would like to say now is this: Remember Chris and Ande, your
    next-door neighbors? Sincerely, Andrea Callahan.

    Andrea Callahan
    Oregon
    callahanav@hotmail.com

    Looking for Raça

    First of all, let me tell you that I am an admirer of Brazil, its people, and its
    absolutely magnificent culture. I speak, write, and read Spanish fluently, and this allows
    me to read Portuguese. Since I read in Brazil’s wonderful language, I have found Raça
    Brasil on the Internet, and would like to purchase it here in the United States. Do
    you know where I can obtain it? Please let me know. Thanks a lot!

    John Stephens
    Via Internet

    Info Brazil

    Please send me a free sample copy of Brazzil. I am a school teacher in need of
    information and pictures of Brazil because we are beginning a country study of Brazil.
    Thanks a bunch!

    Renee Patrick
    Bronx, New York

    Assignment Brazil

    I am attending a diversity class at Lansing Community College. I have been given an
    assignment to research a country of my choice in which I would like to open a business. I
    have found your magazine to be very rewarding and beneficial to my project. Please send me
    a sample copy to decide whether or not to subscribe. Thank you very much for your
    services.

    Amy Noecker
    Dimondale, Michigan

    That Taste

    Muito obrigado pelo exemplar da revista Brazzil! (Vivo nos Estados Unidos.) For
    maybe a couple of years, Pepsi made a guaraná soda (pop) called Josta. It was my
    favorite, and I wish I could still buy it. However, I look forward to tasting, trying
    Antarctica, or Sol Rio, or American "Bonk", or Pepsi’s new guaraná soda
    next year (just like Antarctica?) Portuguese is a fascinating language, it looks a lot
    like Spanish, but has a character all its own. Juízo!

    Paul I Edic
    Akron, Ohio

    Burning Questions

    Could you please help me? I need a few facts about Brazil. What is the current
    government? What is the population of Brazil? What is the literacy rate in Brazil? If you
    could help me with these questions I would be really grateful! It is for a project at
    school.

    Bonnie Matthews
    Via Internet

    Window Shopping

    Excellent articles! Keep up the good work. Even though I am not Brazilian (my parents
    are Jamaican), I stop by from time to time to read your articles.

    No Name
    Via Internet

    Travel Hints

    Good day. What are the accommodations like in nudist beach Praia do Pinho, and how
    accessible is it from São Paulo? What is the beach like and when is the best time
    (weatherwise) to visit?

    N. M. W.
    Toronto, Canada

    An American View

    Bom dia from Brasília. I am an American teacher living in the capital. I recently ran
    across your on-line magazine while searching for educational issues relating to Brazil.
    The reason that I am sending you an e-mail is to ask about some possible submissions.

    Currently, I am working on two articles. First, I am writing about living in Brasília.
    It is a contentious issue. Brazilians seem to love to hate their capital. Second, I am
    writing about giving an American education to Brazilian students and the social and
    cultural conflicts that ensue. Would either of these pieces be of interest or fit into a
    theme for an upcoming issue? If either of these ideas seem appealing to you, I can send
    you a draft.

    Joe Young
    Brasília, Brazil

    Official Request

    Can you please give us the contact details of the Brazilian Film Association or
    Commission or any other body related to the film industry in Brazil? Your prompt attention
    to this request is greatly appreciated.

    D’Cruz V. B.
    Embassy of Brazil – Trade Promotion Section
    secom2@singnet.com.sg

    A Place do Live

    I am moving to Salvador, Bahia, in January and would like to maybe live with a family
    if possible. Do you have information on exchange families?

    Jihan Abdalla
    Santa Barbara, California
    jittypop@hotmail.com

    Soap Pointers

    I am interested in any articles featuring the impact of telenovelas in Brazil.

    Robin Troy
    Beaumont, Texas

    Farewell, Fest

    I did not find an obituary in your pages for Manfredo Fest, the gifted pianist/composer
    from Porto Alegre, who passed away in early October. Am sure your readers would find the
    sad news of his death and an obituary (or links to one) worthy of attention.

    Rembert Aranda
    Half Moon Bay, California

    Human Genome Project

    How can we in the Pan-Tribal Confederacy of Amerindian Tribal Nations (of Guyana) make
    an alliance with our brothers in Brazil? We need to unite in the face of our many common
    threats. For background information visit www.orrin.org/arawak/damon

    Damon Gerard Corrie
    Vice-Sovereign Chief
    Pan-Tribal Confederacy

    Brazil Gays

    I want to let you know and hope you will spread the news about the new release: Beyond
    Carnival: Male Homosexuality on Twentieth-Century Brazil, by James Green, (assistant
    professor at University of California, Long Beach) published by University of Chicago
    Press.

    JP
    Via Internet

    Joining Hands

    I read in your last issue, on the letters section, that Mr. Richard E. Shannahan Jr.,
    from Lutherville, Maryland is concerned about the kids in Brazil and how he could help. It
    caught my attention because I am very concerned about it also and I would like to help as
    well. I would like to contact Mr. Richard or have him contact me, if possible, to see if
    we together can start something to help those kids.

    Lucy Gabriel
    Via Internet

    Just an Offer

    I am writing to inquire whether you would be interested in receiving business and
    political news from Brazil. I am based in São Paulo and run my own company, Celtic
    Comunicações, which provides editorial and translation services for Brazilian and
    international companies. Most of my clients are in the financial sector. I am also
    correspondent for a London-based financial newsletter and edit a business magazine for a
    Swiss organization. I used to contribute a political commentary to the English-language
    website of Agência Estado called Brazil Finance Wire.

    John Fitzpatrick
    São Paulo, Brazil

    Is That True?

    A friend told me that the reason Brazilians speak Portuguese is because the Pope
    decreed it eons and eons ago when he erred which country, Spain or Portugal, had control.
    He drew an imaginary line 400 miles one way or the other from Rome and it gave Brazil to
    Portugal by error. Is this fact or fancy? Is my friend a tease? Sorry to bother you.

    No Name
    Via Internet

    News Searching

    I am trying to contact Agência Estado, the news agency in Brazil. I am having
    difficulty finding a phone number. Can you suggest a website where it might be listed; or
    does your organization have it by any chance?

    Jennifer Acker
    Via Internet

    Black Search

    Hi, my name is Margarita and I’m doing research for my paper on Black people in Brazil.
    I just want to know if you guys have information on this subject. I am trying to get in
    contact with Secretariat for Defense and Promotion of Afro-Brazilian populations (SEAFRO),
    do you have any info on them?

    Margarita de la Cruz
    Via Internet

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