At our June 1st #LunchGlobally session, during the first wave of protests against police racism, our group spontaneously brainstormed a list of books, films, and organizations to help students make sense of the issues. Because we were reading Marco Avilés' powerful essay “I Am Not Your Cholo," many (but not all) of these resources depicted Latinx experiences -- an important and sometimes under-discussed element in the discussion of biased law enforcement.
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.