There’s some very odd misinformation about Pucci that im not sure how it all happened but
Enrico Pucci was born in the deep american south
this is from the heavy weather chapter with his backstory.
He is descendant from Italian immigrants who came over to america like, 100 years before stone ocean happened.
So he’s part Italian American but since that was like more than 100 years ago his family is probably a lot of different things like most American families are. And Enrico is black too, so his family is mixed.
So anyway I see a lot of people assume he himself is from Italy and he is not for all we know he’s never been to Italy even.
The immigrants that came into the US in the 1860-1924 period where primarily Irish, German, and Italian, and while there were initial ethnic tensions eventually all three integrated into a homogeneous "white" whole. The immigrants that are coming into today are very different from us. The majority of my coworkers are ESL and speak with heavy accents; almost every major city is non-white, and soon the whole country will be! Its not that I hate them, its that I have an easier time among my kind.
There are good and bad immigrants.
Appleton Morgan explained this in Popular Science (vol 38). Morgan concluded that some immigrants just do not belong in America, no matter how hard we try and make them fit.
These immigrants are prone to violence. They do not share our culture. They do not share our language. They are looking for a handout. They just can’t learn our values.
“Dago” is mental shorthand for an ugly caricature of the Italian immigrant. That swarthy laborer, chattering in a strange tongue, with strange traditions. He can never be civilized enough to fit in as an “American.”
Was Mr. Morgan wrong?
My great grandparents were illiterate and unskilled. Morgan was talking about them when he wrote his article.
When they arrived in America, they had nothing more than a hope for a better life. Antonina became a citizen as soon as she could, and she burned with pride over it. Giovanni never wanted that. When he wasn’t mending nets, he looked out at the ocean, and lamented that he just wanted to go “home.”…
Complaints about immigrants have been the same for a very long time (they’re not like us, they’re not assimilating, I don’t feel comfortable around them, etcetera). You’re trying to explain how immigrants now are nothing like immigrants then, with exactly the complaints people had about immigrants then. I mean this to sound reassuring! You thought that you were in a uniquely scary position of bad immigrants flooding the country, but actually that’s exactly what people thought about immigration you now regard as obviously good! I hope that learning more about the history of immigration and nationalist backlashes against immigration will help make you less afraid.
“Both my parents were Italian immigrants. We grew up in the Marlboro projects. My dad was a butcher. He was very ‘old country.’ I don’t think he once told me that he was proud of me. But it didn’t bother me. He taught me that you have to earn every single thing you get in life. On my twenty-fifth birthday, my Dad ran into one of my coworkers. I’d just been promoted to deputy foreman. They told him how great of a job I was doing. My dad came home, grabbed me by the neck, pulled me toward him, and kissed me on the forehead. There were tears in his eyes. He told me how proud he was of me. And that meant more to me than anything I’d done until then. It’ll probably be another twenty-five years before I hear it again.”
The first time I ever saw Uncle Ford I was only ten. I didn’t even know I had an uncle until he showed up one day at the edge of our fence with a suitcase. Most of his body was covered by a heavy brown coat, far too warm for the weather. He never approached the house. He simply spoke to my father at the edge of our property and then he left.
A symbol of San Francisco since 1852, Ghirardelli chocolate is known the world over for its exceptional flavor and quality. The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company uses a time-honored manufacturing process starting with the highest-quality cocoa beans and ending with extensive conching to ensure a silky-smooth texture.
Italian immigrant Domingo Ghirardelli started the company after finding success during the California Gold Rush. Its landmark Ghirardelli Square location at Fisherman’s Wharf has been beckoning chocolate lovers with its trademark illuminated sign since the early 1900s.
At Disney California Adventure Park, the legend lives on at the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop, where real melted Ghirardelli chocolate is used to make its signature hot fudge each and every day. Come taste the reason the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company has thrived for over 160 years, and take home some of its distinctive chocolate squares for yourself or someone special.
this is just my take on the races / family situations of the human SVTFOE characters because??? they’re all so diverse and it’s great???
Janna: Cuban on her mother’s side, but got stuck with a very White last name from her father. He’s actually not around very often, he sees her on holidays. Seeing how she was raised by her mother, Janna was raised with that culture and can spit hot Spanish at anyone who crosses her.
Jackie: One of her parents is half-Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, so that’s why she’s got the slight tan. She’s about 75% white, though. Has a typical family, mom and dad and a sibling or two.
Marco: He’s obviously Latinx on his father’s side, but I like to think his mother is Greek. Either way, Marco’s got this huge family from both sides and he loves it. He does secretly dislike being an only child, though he’ll never admit it.
Alfonso: Son of Italian immigrants. He’s stuck in the culture and hates it. Huge family, almost smothering. Probably has lots of siblings.
Oskar: …edgy White Boy. Has some half-siblings from his mother’s remarriage.
Ferguson: Also very White. Most likely an only child.
Brittany: 100% Chinese, goes back generations. Her mother is a successful business woman, her father is a stay at home dad to the younger siblings.
Pasta, the most famous staple of Italian cuisine, was first recorded in Sicily in the 12th century, a few centuries after Arab invaders brought a dried, noodle-like dish to the island.
Mainly made with durum wheat and eggs or water, pasta (from the Latin for “dough”) was for many centuries a food reserved for the rich and privileged. It was not until the 18th century that industrialized production made it a cheap staple food for large numbers of Italians.
Soft and pliable pasta dough is shaped into hundreds of different forms, from the simple strands and sheets of spaghetti and lasagna to bowties, seashells, wagon wheels and bicycles.
With massive Italian immigration to America at the beginning of the 20th century, pasta’s popularity grew and it became known as Italy’s national dish.
But even as late as 1957, many people outside of Italy had no clue how it was made. On April Fool’s Day of that year, the BBC aired a story on Italians enjoying a bumper harvest of spaghetti due to a decline in the “spaghetti weevil.” The program showed Italian and Swiss families cheerfully picking long strands of spaghetti from “spaghetti trees,” and led many viewers to call in, curious about how they could plant their own.
These photos from 20th century pasta factories show the actual process by which the dough is squeezed, shaped, cut and dried on its way to the dinner table.
Maria di Angelo was an Italian immigrant. her mother was from Salamiya, Syria, and her father was from Damascus, Syria
Maria’s father had Lebanese background and her mother had some Roman ancestry
Maria was fluent first in Arabic, then in Italian
When Bianca was born, Maria spoke to her mainly in Arabic, with some Italian. Same with Nico, up until Nico was four and Bianca was six
They spoke Italian alongside Arabic so they were bilingual up until they were four and six, after which Maria started speaking to them in English before moving to America
After Lotus, Bianca and Nico forget much of this, but still has the capabilities of speaking all three languages
Bianca and Nico have very Syrian/Lebanese features.
Bianca had a round nose (pointing slightly downward?) and high cheekbones, with thick eyebrows and pretty brown eyes. Her skin was olive-toned. She has thick black hair, but covers her head with a hijab*
*Not sure if Bianca would wear a hijab but she probably would? Then again their family might have been catholics or, if muslim, Ismaili, who (as far as i know) don’t generally wear a hijab. Up for debate lmao
Nico has a strong brow bone and high cheekbones, with a strong crooked nose. Deep-set brown eyes, thick dark brown/black hair. Naturally olive-skinned, but would have a pale complexion that’s leaning more towards a yellow than a pink on a colour spectrum.
Nico starts looking more into his extended family after the war and discovers he had three uncles, two aunts (syrian families are pretty big esp if you go farther back and this is kinda small lol) and several cousins, as well as some relatives alive today, though they are distant and spread out across Italy and several are refugees from Syria
he picks arabic back up and starts trying to speak it more
The origins of immigrants. The most common source of immigrants in Romania is, of course, the Republic of Moldova. Our Moldovian brothers are always welcome. And we Romanians are, again very obviously, the immigrant group in Italy and Spain. But also, more surprisingly, in neighboring Hungary.
Not meaning to throw a pity party but it has and probably always will irk me that people don't recognize that white people have face racism and oppression in the past? I mean, take my people for example. Italian immigrants and Italian-Americans faced so much oppression in the past during the immigration period, and even before that. I mean, the largest recorded mass lynching in the US as of today was 11 Italian men. It wasn't just white people who looked down on them either.
I guess people think that slavery is something that only happened to black people in America before the Civil War. Unfortunately, a lot of people are brainwashed sheep who cant think for themselves or do their own research and that is sad. Just look at the origin of the word slave, It’s originally from the Slavic word “Slav”.
Middle English: shortening of Old French esclave, equivalent of medieval Latin sclava (feminine) ‘Slavic (captive)’: some South Slavic peoples had been reduced to a servile state by conquest in the 9th century.
I mean, Slavic people are pretty fucking white yet they were still sold into slavery. Just because white slavery wasn’t abundant in America doesn’t mean it NEVER EXISTED or still doesn’t exist. America is the youngest country people.
Cuisine is an important part of culture, and that’s still true of fictional cultures.
For instance, Southern Italian cuisine is very common in America, with its tomato sauces, pasta, cheese, and amazing spices, among other types of dishes. We got it from the waves of Southern Italian immigrants around the 19th century and the early, early 1900s, and it’s since been changed, so what you’d find here is quite different than what you’d find in Sicily or Rome or any part of Italy.
Our pizza is much heavier and greasier, our pasta is all over the fucking place (I just made organic Christmas pasta–naturally green, red and ‘normal’ in the shapes of Christmas things), and our doughnuts are also heavier and come in different shapes as compared to, say, Zeppoli.
But, here’s the thing: because Southern Italians were predominantly agricultural, they were very good at incorporating new foods. So, they’ve done similar things in the past–tomatoes came from the new world, and pasta was an idea from the East, where noodles had long been in consumption.
So, Southern Italian food is a fantastic example of how cuisine both changes and affects the cultures around it or somehow involved with it.
Almost everyone I know can make rigatoni, which is Italian-based, and that’s because my corner of America had a lot of immigration. Similarly, pierogi are very popular as well, and stuffed cabbage and sauerkraut and all manner of foods brought over.
Cuisine is a thing to take into account, because pretty much no cultures exist in a vacuum, and it can help you tie together how your world works.
An American Civil War regiment raised in New York, the 39th NY Volunteer regiment was also known as the “Italian Legion” and the “Garibaldi Guard”
because most of its members were Italian immigrants, many of whom were veterans of the Italian Unification Wars. The regiment also recruited many Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Swiss, and French immigrants.
One of the main characteristics that is above all amazing for foreigners that visit or live in Italy is the awful lot of dialects currently spoken here.
Of course, there’s a standard language, Italian, that’s spoken and understood everywhere (or almost everywhere, to be completely honest).
Standard Italian directly derives from Tuscan or, better, from 14th century Dante’s Inferno (La Divina Commedia/The Divine Comedy in Italian). The present Tuscan is the dialect that most of all is similar to Italian. My dear Tuscan followers, I know that now you are preparing to stab me (and most of all the Sienese Tumblers, because they say their language is the purest Tuscan, and as a consequence the purest Italian of all, but you know this claim isn’t entirely true).
Anyway, Italian dialects are so different from each other than an average Southern Italian can’t understand at all a Northern one, if he speaks its own dialect, even if they all are clearly Romance languages. Of course, even the contrary is true. They are different from each other not only for their accents, but for grammar, words, sayings, and so on.
Also, there are some linguistic islands, mainly in Southern Italy, where the locals speak a sort of ancient Greek (Apulia and Calabria), Albanian (Central and Southern Italy), Catalan (North-West of Sardinia), some Medieval German dialects (Piedmont, Veneto, and Trentino), a French dialect (Patois), in Val d’Aosta/Vallée d’Aoste, and so on.
Another issue is the South Tyrol (
Alto Adige / Südtirol), just south of Austria, that ruled that area until 1918 (end of World War One), when it was annexed to Italy. Most of its population is currently German speakers, with a significant proportion of Italian speakers, immigrated after the annexion, and a minoriy of Ladin speakers (another Neolatin language).
Is it difficult to understand? I know, it’s difficult also for us Italians. But no fear, standard Italian is spoken everywhere, and there is a strong trend towards the use of
English, as international language.