If you were a kid in America in the 1950s, your first exposure to Chinese food likely was a Chun King concoction in a can — chop suey or chow mein bought at the grocery store, heated at home and topped with dry Chun King noodles from another can. The Chun King line was founded in the 1940s by Jeno Paulucci, a son of poor Italian immigrants who beca...

But what he had not anticipated nor planned for was the addition of an assistant. And a girl at that. Miss Waldine Tauch of Brady, from Texas, was a remarkably talented young girl of 18 years, beautiful and ambitious, yet devoted to her troubled family. Like Coppini, she had endured a childhood rife with stress from a bitterly jealous and unstable...

“Il nonno di papà si imbarcò a Napoli nel 1890 e, dopo giorni di navigazione, arrivò a New York. In quel periodo, nel novembre del 1890, gli emigranti sbarcavano al Barge Office di Battery Park…” racconta Maurizio Igor Meta, attore, scrittore e regista che dal 2014 lavora a Ellis Island. Ellis Island  è un progetto multidisciplinare che inizia dall...

Of the twelve million immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954 four million were Italian and my grandmother, Colomba Cordani, was one of them. She left her small Northern Italian village of Ponte del Olio near Piacenza and arrived in New York on April 27, 1909 aboard the French Line steamship Chicago. The ship departed from LeHa...

Frrank DiCara is 90 years old, but he still remembers what it felt like to wake up an enemy in his hometown. It was 1941, and he was a 14-year-old kid in Highlandtown, an Italian-American neighborhood in Baltimore, when news broke that Japan had bombed Pearl Harbor, bringing the U.S. into war with the Axis Powers of Japan, Germany and Italy. For pe...

"You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” The previous quote, stated by Giuseppe Verdi, a renowned opera composer, exemplifies how much of an international treasure the country of Italy is. From the long canals of Venice to the white sand beaches of Sicily to the ancient architecture of Rome, the splendors of Italy are abundant all over the...

Variety is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio will produce and star in Paramount's adaptation of Stephan Talty’s The Black Hand, a true story detailing the efforts of Lt. Joseph Petrosino - nicknamed “the Italian Sherlock Holmes” - to stop a secret society of Italian criminals that flourished in turn-of-the-century America. Though the phrase “Italian...

06:00 - 08:00 pm, Thursday, March 2, 2017 - The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10036. The Philip V. Cannistraro Seminar Series in Italian American Studies - Beyond Memory: Italian Protestants in Italy and America (Dennis Barone, University of Saint Joseph) In Beyond Memory (SUNY Press, 2...

The Italian American Museum Cordially invites you to attend to "My Grandma's American Dream: From Italy to a New Life". Thursday, February 2nd, 6:30 PM Presented by: Anthony DiFranco. Light Refreshments Will Be Served. The film is a personal tale of the immigrant generation of a century ago who helped make the world we live in and the people who li...

Italy and the Euro-Mediterranean Migrant Crisis: National Reception, Lived Experiences, E.U. Pressures. Columbia University, Wednesday, April 26, 2017; Montclair State University, Thursday, April 27, 2017 The Euro-Mediterranean migrant crisis prompted by the turmoil in North Africa and the Middle East continues to be discussed with increasing frequ...