Civilization.ca-Presenza:Italian-CanadianHeritage-ItalianfromAtoZ

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"ItalianCanadians"."Italian-Canadian"culture.The"Italiancommunity". Whatdothesetermsreallymean?Whatcanbesaidaboutthem?Howcan wedescribethem?Wecan,ofcourse,resorttothefamiliarsymbolsthat"sayitall":theromanceofthegondola, theimportanceofespressototheItalianwayoflife,the Italianappreciationforfineartanddesign,apassionforsoccerand Ferraris,thesolidityofItaliangraniteandmarblestructures.But canwereallysumupamillionpeopleinasingleimageorathousandwords?

Today'sItalianCanadianscantracetheiroriginstoanumberof regionsandhundredsofvillageswithdifferentdialects andtraditions.Theyarewomenandmen,youngandold,richandpoor, borninItaly,Canadaorelsewhere.Theirmusicalandaestheticpreferences arefarfromhomogeneous.Theirpoliticaltendenciessometimesdividethem. TheyliveinCanada'smetropolitanareasandinitssmallesttowns.From NewfoundlandtoVancouverIsland,theyhaveincreasinglyintegratedinto theircommunities,throughmarriageandwork,andbecausetheywish toknowmoreaboutotherpeople.Theyarebusinesspeople,painters, geologists,poets,hockeyplayers,politicians,professors,dressmakers andtailors,designers,ranchowners,bonsaienthusiasts,graphic artists,boccechampions...allthisand more.

TheABCsoftheItalianAlphabet








Thisdisplaypresentsavarietyofthemes offeringabroaderpictureofthediversity oftheItalian-Canadianculturallandscape.

Youmighthavenoticedthattherearefive lettersmissinginthisalphabeticaldisplayon Italian-Canadiandiversity.That'sbecausethe lettersj,k,w,xandydon'texistinthe21-letter Italianalphabet.TheItalianwordsbeginning withtheselettersareallborrowedfrom otherlanguages.