I’m Corina Evelyn. I’m born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. I consider myself Brazilian and I speak Portuguese. I’m part of the third generation of Japanese born and raised in Brazil. Three of my grandparents came from Japan and my grandma from mom’s family was born here. My grandparents from my dad’s family and my grandmother from mom’s family passed away before I was born so I didn’t meet them. I met only my grandfather from mom’s part. He lived in the countryside of São Paulo and I met him few times when I was younger. He spoke Japanese and Portuguese and we used to communicate in Portuguese only. He passed away some years ago.
When I was a kid, my parents tried to introduce and teach me more about Japanese language and culture, however, due to life and school, my main language remained as Portuguese and when I was about 9 years old, I started learning English, which today is my second language. In theory, my knowledge of English evolved along the years and I wish I had native fluency but it’s not possible as I lived most of my life in Brazil. Anyways, I can speak, write and understand and it made me fearless to many things in life. Knowing another language than yours is the first step to lose fear of living and going on adventures.
Here in São Paulo, I studied at a Japanese school. I lived inside the Asian community in São Paulo until about 2014. It means that 24 years of my life I went to Asian parties, events, schools, courses and 80% of people in my life were Asian. And the funny thing is that I didn’t have any idea that I was living in a “bubble”, inside an Asia in Brazil.
It’s weird and funny to say that I felt a culture shock inside the country I was born.
On 2008, I started studying Veterinary Medicine and for the first time, I was one of the only Asian in a classroom. It was all new to me and I was shy with my university friends. In my life out of the university I was completely outgoing and clown. I took many years to understand and adapt to the life out of the ‘bubble’. Later on 2010, I decided to change my course and started studying Journalism in another university and again, I was the only Asian in my classroom, but this time it wasn’t something new and I adapted very well, I wasn’t so shy to my university friends again, I was more myself. I got used to it. By the end of 2013, I finally graduated in Journalism. Oh, forgot to say that during the 4 years of my Journalism graduation, I did random courses such as Web and iOS Programming, Recycling, Au Pair, Spanish, Italian, etc. So, I met many people out of the ‘bubble’ I was used to live and I started to know myself better in those different environments.
My dream was to become a writer, and has always been, however, I graduated in Journalism but I didn’t want to be a journalist. I started blogging since I was 14, when I had my first contact with internet and I loved to write chronicles. In 2012, I did an internship at an Architecture and Designer company and I had basic contact working through writing and web designing. It wasn’t a journalist experience but it didn’t bright my eyes.
Then, after my graduation I started working as an Accountant assistant. Some months passed by and I realized I didn’t know what to do with my life. I realized that I was just doing what society expected me to do and I never stopped to think about what I actually wanted, I didn’t know my life dreams.
I met a coach and after some meetings I decided to live abroad for awhile to know me better, to find my dreams. At that time, I made a deal with my family and I went to Belfast in UK to get a Graduate Diploma in Management.