How this podcast helps Italian Americans….
Hello, my name is Anthony Fasano your host, and a proud Italian-American. My Great-Grandparents were all born in Italy between the Province of Salerno and Siracusa Sicily. I am 37 years old, but I just found this information out recently….
Not too long ago, my grandmother gave me a book entitled, “The Shoemaker’s Wife” by Adriana Trigiani. The book, which is amazing, made me realize that my life here in America was only possible because my ancestors gave up their homes and moved to a country that was very foreign to them. This book created a desire in me to find out everything I could about my ancestors.
Conversations with my Italian grandmother
As I get older, so, too, do my grandparents, and their brothers and sisters. I realized that if I wanted to learn my family history, I needed to act ASAP. So I did. I vaguely remember my one grandmother speaking Italian when we were younger, so I asked her if I could come over for lunch periodically and start to learn about our ancestors.
The conversations were very interesting. I continued to seek out other conversations with other relatives. Not only did I realize that all of these conversations were helping me to discover fascinating information about my family history, but I started to think about all of those Italian Americans who aren’t having those conversations with their grandparents or elders. This podcast will serve to change that.
What you can expect on the show….
Then there’s me, co-host Dolores Alfieri, who cannot remember a day when I was not eagerly listening to stories about my family – its history, its ancestors, and its trials and tribulations. From a very young age, I sat under kitchen tables, at the top of staircases, or anywhere else where I could listen without drawing too much attention to myself, and I relished the Napolitano dialect spoken loudly and passionately by my parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, and our extended family of Italian-American friends, who were, of course, considered family. I begged my parents to tell me about those I had never met, the years before I was born, and, above all, I asked them – again and again – to tell me about the place they came from: to tell me about Italy.
My love for stories and storytelling led me to write a memoir that traces my family’s early years, beginning with my parents’ childhoods in Italy, their immigration to New York in 1967, and the subsequent events that unfolded – events fit for any Italian-American family saga. Weaved throughout the book our stories of the tensions and blessings inherent in growing up – a spirited, modern American girl – in a traditional Italian household, situated on the outskirts of New York City in the 1980s and ’90s.
And all of this is exactly what we will cover in this podcast. Where do we as Italian Americans come from; how do we honor those who sacrificed their lives to improve ours; how do we honor our rich traditions, and in so doing, keep tied the thread that unites generations; how can we learn more about the places, the people, and the history we descend from?
Please come on the journey with us…
Of course, above all, this podcast will, in the true spirit of Italian culture, celebrate. We will celebrate with our guests, with our listeners, and through the topics we intend to cover. For both Anthony and I, this podcast is a true labor of love. From our hearts to your ears…
It’s time to learn about our heritage together. “Meglio tardi che mai.” “Better late than never.”
Please come on this fascinating journey with us of uncovering the history of Italian American heritage. Simply enter in your name and e-mail address below and we will send you an e-mail with each new episode as we publish them….