Picture this: It’s the early 20th century, and you are leaving your hometown in Southern Italy to board a ship that will take you thousands of miles across the Atlantic to build a new life in the United States. You really want to take comfort foods with you, such as your beloved cheese and cured pork, but it’s illegal to transport meats into the co...

Prior to the last Oswego County Legislature meeting of 2017, Legislator Dan Farfaglia headed west. He helped nearly three dozen men, women and children receive an early Christmas gift – U.S. citizenship. “Last Thursday morning, before the afternoon legislature meeting in Oswego, I was in Rochester participating in a swearing in ceremony for new Ame...

The 45th anniversary of “The Godfather” has brought us another Blu-Ray box set and another round of critical reappraisal of the mafia movie classic. The secret of the film’s enduring appeal, however, might be found in its opening line: “I believe in America.” It is often said that “The Godfather” is an ironic commentary on the American Dream. That...

Quando sono arrivati a Palermo era il 1990: un piccolo trauma per i fratellini che dall'imponente America si sono dovuti confrontare con una cultura, una lingua, un mondo diverso. Oggi Gabriella e Michael sono i protagonisti di una storia di "migranti al contrario": dopo la scuola sono tornati a vivere negli Stati Uniti ma poi il legame con la Sici...

The Franciscan Friars arrived in Boston in 1873, and immediately were welcomed by the city’s growing Italian population, many of which viewed the order as patriarchal. The Franciscans main objective was to service the needs of their parishioners, building churches, schools, and orphanages all for the use of the immigrant population, particularly in...

Mother Cabrini is the patron saint of immigrants. She is known for her dedication of caring for the poor, uneducated, sick, abandoned, and especially, Italian immigrants. She founded 67 institutions including orphanages, schools and hospitals, spread across the U.S. — New York, Colorado and Illinois — Central and South America. Mother Cabrini was b...

Lunedì 18 dicembre, alle ore 16, presso la Biblioteca nazionale di Napoli, in occasione della Giornata internazionale per i diritti dei migranti, sarà presentato l'archivio "Racconti italo americani: per una storia orale", creato presso la biblioteca della Florida Atlantic University da Vincenza Iadevaia, Viviana Pezzullo e Federico Tiberini, tre s...

Francesco “Frank J.” Zappalà nacque, il 24 maggio 1897 a Santo Stefano in Aspromonte, provincia di Reggio Calabria, da Giuseppe (“barbiere del paese”) e Carmela Penna. La famiglia Zappalà giunse ad “Ellis Island” nel 1908. Il piccolo Francesco, oramai per tutti “Frank J.”, mostrò, sin da subito, una vivace intelligenza. Fondamentale fu, per lui, l’...

Richard Cranmer has worked at the Four Seasons in Palm Beach and Washington, but he says the inspiration for his new restaurant Zinicola, opening in December in Ballantyne Village, is his Italian grandmother, who lived in San Giorgio a Liri. “Every meal at her table was a celebration that brought people together without pretense or pomp,” says Cran...

Nel 1963 Raffaele Minichiello da Melito Irpino emigra, insieme alla sua famiglia, negli Stati Uniti. A diciassette anni si arruola nei Marines, resta per tredici mesi in Vietnam e viene decorato con una medaglia al valore. Ma in America "Ralph" non riuscirà ad affrancarsi dallo stereotipo dell’italiano mafioso. Gli insulti razzisti e una paga ingiu...