By Gaetano Cipolla Professor Emeritus, St John’s University President and Editor of Arba Sicula marks the th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Meli. ARBA SICULA is the official journal of the Sicilian- American organization by the same name whose principal objective is to preserve, study, and promote. We publish a journal entitled “Arba Sicula” that contains sections on Sicilian poetry, prose, art, history, film cuisine, book reviews. The journal is entirely bilingual.

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Everybody knows arbw Sicilians are in every country of the world. We are happy to report that Mr. I have created two series of books for Legas.

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This organization, with Gaetano Cipolla, as editor, is dedicated to promoting the Sicilian Language and Culture. Ho creato due serie di libri per la casa editrice Legas.

Il nostro sito web www. John’s University, are free to our members and their guests and usually include refreshments. Once you subscribe, and begin reading, you will become amazed at what Gaetano Cipolla is doing and what he has accomplished along with others. It is a sad state of affairs in Sicily and in Italy at the moment.

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In the larger American context, the differences between Sicilians and other Italians may have become somewhat blurry, but if you ask a Sicilian what he is, he will still answer “I am Sicilian,” usually followed by “and I am proud of it. They created a textbook full of terrible stereotypes against Sicilians presenting them as illiterate gangsters who can’t even speak Sicilian.

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In the last issue of Arba Sicula we published an article about the first Sicilian astronaut, Luca Parmitano, who spent six months in space, working in the International Space Station. Sicilians must learn sjcula their heritage because if they knew it better they would have a great deal of information to counter the stereotypes. Often I have been surprised to receive a giftsucula free copy of siclua book of poems written in Sicilian.

Mafia has obviously hurt very much the perception of Sicily and its citizens in the US. So I was pleased to purchase the entire set of publications prepared in the sixties by the National […] A Dream Realized: The period of mass emigration, the one starting in and ending more or less in the early 20’s of the XXth century, didn’t see at the beginning Sicily as the main region of departure.

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To subscribe to the publicationsthat I recommend please send: We also give grants to Sicilian writers to tell the story of Sicilians because too often our stories have been told by non-Sicilians.

Oggi la Sicilia soffre di un diverso, opposto problema: Unemployment is extremely high, infrastructures are poor or non existent, hospitals, schools, transportation are in desperate need of repair. Since Sicilian emigration is no longer possible the native Sicilians are dwindling and with them the Sicilian language is also suffering.


Sicily is the Italian region from which comes the highest number of people who emigrated to America.

Si tratta di un triste stato di cose in Sicilia e in Italia, al momento. They consider what people say about Sicilians untrue and slanderous. The divide between North and South is not getting smaller, in some cases it is expanding.

Last year on the anniversary of Italy I was asked by a magazine to answer the question of whether Sicily was better off now or before it became Italian. We need to combat the stereotypes at every opportunity. Basically Sicilians try to create another Sicily wherever they go. But Sicilians can claim that the stringy pasta was already plentiful in the town of Trabia as early […] Arthur Dieli, Sicilian Proverbs: Certamente la mafia ha fatto molto male alla reputazione dei siciliani.

There are hundred of personalities of Sicilian origin who have made a name for themselves. He has written books on Sicilian culture and aba and has translated some of the most important Sicilian poetry into English, including the verses of the celebrated poets: Cipolla, what is Arba Sicula, and which are your activities? La seconda serie si chiama “Sicilian Studies” e ad oggi contiene 27 volumi. Anche i media hanno fatto arbaa loro meglio per ingigantire il problema.

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