Dreaming in Brazilian: Kathleen De Azevedo
Born in Rio de Janeiro to a Brazilian mother and Jewish American father, Kathleen De Azevedo came of age during a time when few Latina/o representations existed in film and popular culture in the United States. She shares insightful experiences of what it means to reconnect with Portuguese and her Brazilian roots after returning to visit relatives in Brazil as an adult. She also discovered much about Brazilian culture, history, and politics by exploring the iconic figure of Carmen Miranda and incorporating the Jewish side of her heritage in the first novel written in English about the Brazilian diasporic experience in the United States. As an educator, essayist, and novelist, De Azevedo contributes much to the representation of Brazil and its diaspora through her writings.