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Exploring Connection and Disconnection to self with Dual Cultural Identities: Canadian and Italian

Item

Title

Exploring Connection and Disconnection to self with Dual Cultural Identities: Canadian and Italian

Rights

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Type

moving image

Creator

Rebecca Jackson

Date

1928 - 2018

Description

The video is focused on the story of John and Marie Meren who are the children of Italian immigrants. John with both of his parents being from Sardinia and Marie being half Canadian. It Starts with brief overview of John’s parent’s immigration story, highlighting where they were from and their motivation to move to Canada (work opportunities). Next the video moves on to focus on John and Marie’s experiences, and how they negotiated their identities in relation to their Canadian and Italian mix. John discusses the languages he was raised with (Italian, Sardinian and English) and Marie explains why she always felt more Canadian and the reasons why she never learnt Italian. They explain how world events like WW2 led to their disconnection from their being Italian at some points. John connects his job as a lawyer and to his Italian heritage. Finally, they talk about the trip they took to Italy and how it impacted them and helped to define their connection with being Italian

Format

video

Language

English, Italian, Sardinian

Place

Sardinia, Italy
Rome, Italy
London, Ontario, Canada

Publisher

Bridging Classroom and Community: Languages and Cultures in Action, Western University, Fall 2018

Contributor

John Meren and Marie Meren - Members of the London, Italian community

Extent

5 minutes 11 seconds

Identifier

https://youtu.be/aDy8xfuI1YI

Relation

is part of Italian collection

Subject

Italy , Canada, Law, Language learning, Discrimination, Dialects, Sardinian, Bilingualism, Generations, Self acceptance, London Ontario, Poverty, Family life, Integration, Third space, Identity