Ricardo Aleixo performing at a national poetry festival in Brazil in 2011. By André Luiz D. Takahashi.
I am whatever you think a black man is. You almost never think about black men.
Ricardo Aleixo's prose poem "My Man" appeared several years ago in an issue of Words Without Borders dedicated to Afro-Brazilian writing. At once confrontational and deeply vulnerable, this poem seems newly relevant today. It will serve as an excellent starting point for a classroom conversation of race and identity.
Recently, manga translator Jocelyne Allen joined us for two livestreams to talk about Akino Kondoh's autobiographical series "Noodling in New York." The comics depict Akino sampling new foods, meeting a friend's cat, struggling with English, and navigating life between two cultures -- a familiar challenge for many of our students.
Here in New York, we are in our second month of shelter-in-place, and one of the things we look forward to doing again someday is visiting friends. Akino Kondoh's charming graphic tales of city life reminded us of those times, and we thought we would share them at the next Global Lunch: Monday, May 18th, at 1 pm Eastern.