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Editor’s note: “My Story” is where business executives share their personal and professional backgrounds and journeys that have made them who they are, in their own candid words, from the challenges of confronting stereotypes to the glory in overcoming them. Amid calls for racial justice, we can only make real change with greater awareness and understanding — and the ability to learn from each other’s experiences.

It can be an odd thing to be a Brazilian. A Brazilian-American Third Culture Kid, living in D.C.

I was born in Belo Horizonte, a city of 2.7 million — a little more populous than Chicago. BH, as we call it, is the capital of Minas Gerais, a state of over 20 million. When I tell people I am from Brazil, a country that’s 200 million-people strong, with a land mass larger than the contiguous U.S., I sometimes get “are you from Rio or São Paulo?” Other times, I’m asked about Carnaval or soccer. Most times, though, I get a faint smile. Or a friendly, if distant,…

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