I have always been an admirer of everything Italian. Though, admirer does not sound like strong enough a word. Truth is: I believe my soul is Italian, and, in this life, I have been condemned to living away from my culture. For that reason, to satisfy my soul’s hunger, I have been a student of Italian language and culture, and eventually became a t...

Every time I return from a break in the espresso-stained, red sauce–laden part of New Jersey I call home, I feel uneasy. I just spent a week consuming at least three cloves of garlic a day and beginning all conversations at a 7/10, but as I try to settle back into Baltimore, I wonder if I need to tone it down. Hopkins can feel like something of an...

From a theater stage in Bologna on Nov. 9, Nadeesha Uyangoda addressed a crowd of a few hundred people who wanted to learn more about the debate on citizenship law reform currently dominating Italian news. “Ethnic minorities in Italy are often used as instruments of political propaganda, both by the right wing, to encourage white nationalism, and t...

In March 1937, when Esquire published Pietro di Donato’s first short story, “Christ in Concrete,” the magazine included a rare prefatory note. “In the three years since Louis Paul’s prize-winning No More Trouble for Jadwick,” wrote Arnold Gingrich, the editor, “Esquire has received about eighteen thousand short stories from unpublished authors and...

As I entered junior high, Papa and Mama, whom I had loved without question, suddenly became an embarrass­ment. Why couldn’t they be like other parents? Why didn’t they speak without accents? Why couldn’t I take peanut­ butter ­and­ jelly sandwiches in my school lunches, rather than calamari? (Yuck, the other kids said, he eats squid legs!) There se...

Lynn is a deep melting pot of different ethnicities and it takes digging to find a definitive history describing a specific nationality or ethnic or racial group’s origins and history in the city.  James Calogero provided a snapshot of Lynn’s Italian American population in1941 in an Item story that claims almost 12,000 residents of Italian descent...

Angela Palmera fu, per 40 anni, stimatissima professoressa di matematica. Attivista nei movimenti femminili e membro della “National Education Association” . La “Dante Alighieri Society” la premiò come miglior studente italo-americano dell’anno. Il padre era nato a Petrella Tifernina. Angela Palmera nacque a Jersey City, Contea di Hudson, nel New J...

I fenomeni migratori sono sempre esistiti. Anzi, sono alla base dell'evoluzione umana. Oggi il tema è ampiamente dibattuto, e occupa molto spazio nell'agenda politica di ogni nazione. In Italia, l'argomento è caldo, caldissimo, e spesso chi si accende particolarmente quando afferma che il fenomeno migratorio verso l'Europa va arrestato, dimentica d...

Dal 1° dicembre 2019, Piacenza si arricchisce di un nuovo spazio culturale, interamente dedicato all’esperienza migratoria, uno dei fenomeni avvertiti con massima attenzione dalla società attuale. All’interno della Casa madre dei Missionari Scalabriniani, infatti, si apre il MES – Museo dell’Emigrazione Scalabrini. Promosso dal Centro Missionari di...

With this important fundraising  initiative, we're raising funds to create and install a permanent statue of Mother Cabrini in Rochester's "Little Italy Historic District" on Lyell Avenue. The Lyell corridor is one of Rochester's oldest immigrant's corridors. For over 150 years, the area has served as an inclusive and welcoming place of first entry...