Description : The Leamington Italian Community intertwines personal and family stories with both empirical and intuitive writing to offer new historical insights into the complex social, economic, and psychological causes and effects of the migration phenomenon. Walter Temelini meticulously reconstructs the history of immigration and settlement in Leamington, Ontario, of Italians from the southern regions of Lazio, Molise, and Sicily. He explains how, despite their regional differences, three generations between 1925 and the 1990s forged a cohesive, socially conscious, and unique agricultural community by balancing their inherited values and their newly adopted Canadian economic opportunities. Temelini's groundbreaking research draws on testimonial and documentary evidence gathered from in-depth interviews with hundreds of residents, as well as on original archival information and Italian-language histories translated by the author and previously unavailable to English-speaking readers. He concludes his study with an investigation into the award-winning novel Lives of the Saints by Nino Ricci, one of the community's most celebrated descendants. Drawing parallels between Ricci's narrative and the development of the community, Temelini demonstrates that ethnicity can be transformed successfully into a powerful universal archetype, and a creative force of identity. A pioneering and authoritative work, The Leamington Italian Community creates an intimate portrait within a global framework, delving into issues both timely and timeless, that will interest and inform the general and specialized reader alike.
Description : Today's Italian-Canadians face different images than previous generations. An exploration of the reproduction of cultural heritage in a global economy of rapid international communication.
Description : Such Hardworking People provides a perceptive description of the working-class experiences of immigrants who came to Toronto from southern Italy between 1946 and 1965. Franca Iacovetta focuses on the relations between newly arrived workers and their families, showing that the Italians who came to Toronto during this period were predominantly young, healthy women and men eager to obtain jobs and prepared to make sacrifices in order to secure a more comfortable life for themselves and their children.
Description : Offers a detailed and personal exploration of the Italian immigrant experience in Calgary, Canada, focusing on the migration and resettlement of Italians who came to Calgary after WWII and the cultural transformation that occurred in this urban, industrial, and often hostile environment. Draws on 48 in-depth interviews with first- generation Italian immigrants, and includes b&w historical and contemporary photos. Information on the author is not given. Canadian card order number: C99-911246-5. Distributed by Raincoast Distribution Services. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.
Description : From the moment explorer Giovanni Caboto stepped onto Canadian soil, Italians have left their footprints on Canadian history. In the 1700s, Italians including Alphonse and Henri de Tonti came to New France to trade with the Natives and settle the vast land. In the 1800s, Italian workers built the foundation for railways and highways into Canada's northern forests. Today, Little Italy is a part of every major Canadian city. The Italian-Canadian vote is even credited with helping keep Canada together in Québec's sovereignty referendum. This book captures the essence of what it means to be Italio-Canadian. It celebrates the Italian experience in Canada and the gifts we have brought to our chosen land. It filled me with pride for my rich heritage.â€“Rita Chiarelli, blues musicianMulticulturalism and bilingualism are fine, as long as it is recognized that in the past adventurous people from Italy discovered and developed this land, and that in the present industrious people of Italian background continue to enrich this country through construction and creation...from arts and crafts to churches and concerts and cuisine and family life.â€“John Robert Colombo, author and anthologistThis book gives our cultural mosaic, a portal into an unbiased Canadian history. A well-researched and informative body of work, that sets records straight! My children will be reading a more poignant look into the contributions made by Italians on Canada.â€“Dominic Mancuso, Canadian musician â€œAs a Canadian of Italian heritage, I am deeply proud of both my country and the ethnic roots from which I came. How The Italians Created Canada is a welcome and comprehensive treatment of the historic and current contributions of both Italian immigrants and Italian-Canadians to the national mosaic.â€ â€“ Bob Lenarduzzi, president, Vancouver Whitecaps FC