“I came to America because I heard the streets were paved with gold. When I got here, I found out three things: rst, the streets weren’t paved with gold; second, they weren’t paved at all; and third, I was expected to pave them. This well-known quote, said by an Italian immigrant to America, reminds us that life in the new world wasn’t easy for our...

“La passione per l’italianità all’estero”. È ciò che muove ogni giorno l’informazione che unisce il nostro Paese con le eccellenze sparse per il mondo. E per raccontare queste storie ci vuole una voce e anche un faccia. Mike J. Pilla ci ha messo entrambe e da un anno ha fondato “Patrimonio Italiano Tv“, la web tv degli italiani all’estero, di cui è...

Some scholars have studied the new Italian emigration to the United States. It's a very interesting topic, because it's obviously a different emigration in numbers, people and dynamics, compared to the one of 100 years ago: and yet, illuminating parallels can be identified. And the relationship between the heirs of the emigrants of the past, born A...

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6pm. John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, CUNY, 25 W. 43rd Street, 17th Floor New York NY 10036. Teresa Fiore, Montclair State University. By examining Italy’s long history of worldwide emigration in light of the country’s own colonial legacies and the contemporary transnational migrations directed tow...

Why be proud? It’s a question that deserves serious thought and reflection. To begin with, every ethnic, racial and religious group that immigrated to America brought with them a unique set of traditions, customs, values and beliefs that they contributed to America’s collective culture. And for those contributions each group can be justly proud. We...

With the new Di Palo osteria getting ready to open, there was excitement on Mott Street last week. This is a 21st-century addition to Di Palo’s 109-year-old Italian food shop just around the corner, on Grand Street, and the enoteca (wine store) next to it. At the new place, which will open officially on Monday, you can drink wine, nibble cheese — d...

My grandparents emigrated to Western Pennsylvania from the province of Chieti, in the Abruzzo region, in 1910. I never had the opportunity to ask them why they left, or why they chose PA. But research and histories have revealed some answers. According to a number of studies, Western Pennsylvania coal companies were booming in the late 19th and ear...

The impact of African Americans in Italy is everywhere. As a student in Bologna, I’ve seen Americans and Italians bond on the basketball court over their shared admiration for Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Lebron James, and Kobe Bryant. Jazz greats like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald play in the background at your local café, and a live mu...

Here’s an interesting exhibition for history buffs and Lower East Siders alike: The Lung Block, a New York City Slum and Its Forgotten Italian-American Community,” is digging into the parallel stories of a displaced Italian community on The Lower East Side in the 1930’s and our present day sagas of gentrification and immigration challenges.  The ex...

The “Italian Diaspora Studies Association”, in conjunction with the Department of Humanities at the University of Calabria, located in Rende, a few kilometers outside Cosenza (Calabria, Italy), has launched a new residential writing program dedicated to the topic of “Cultural Heritage and Memory”. With the Patronages of the Canadian Embassy of Rome...