June 16th, 2010
Written by Sticky Wicket in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
Italian newlyweds
Dear Sticky Wicket,I am dating an Italian man. Is it true that men from this culture are patriarchal and why is this so? Is this less pronounced in men who were raised in America? I saw a story on "60 Minutes" that said men born and raised in Italy are so old-fashioned, Italian women don't want to marry them. ~Cautious In New YorkDear Cautious,Rosanna Imbriano, the director of the Center for...
June 9th, 2010
Written by Aricka Flowers in Stereotypes & Labels with 0 Comments
publicity image for The Sopranos television show
Originally derived from “Diego” which the Spanish used to describe sailors in the 18th and 19th centuries, Dago, as used today is a derogatory remark for Italians.“The dago works for small pay and lives far more like a savage or a wild beast than the Chinese. Italy has millions to spare and they are coming,” an 1892 quote from Eugene Debs, founder of the Socialist Party of America.While the...
June 2nd, 2010
Written by Holly Beretto in Feature Stories with 0 Comments
An artichoke
“Holly, honey, come help me out.” That’s my mother, calling from the kitchen.I remember poking my head from my dad’s home office, where I was doing whatever homework 13-year-olds do on Sundays: “What?”In a rare departure from the Sunday routine, we were having dinner at home. Normally, we’d gather en masse at my grandmother’s for a loud, relative-laden, multi-course extravaganza. When I think...
May 26th, 2010
Written by Jessica Rodriguez in Setting It Straight with 0 Comments
stainless steel plane
From the mythical Greeks, Icarus and Daedalus, to Italian inventor Leonardo da Vinci, man has been fascinated with the idea of flying. Enea Bossi, through various experiments, was responsible for the world’s first stainless steel airplane.Born March 29, 1888, in Milan, Bossi studied physics and mathematics at the Instituto Technico from which he graduated in 1907, in Lodi, Italy. Bossi’s...


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