On June 3rd 2019 the Italian community of LA celebrated the historic day, back in 1946, when a pivotal referendum decided the fate of Italy about...
On his way back from Washington, where he met with U.S. President Barack Obama, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stopped in the archaeological site of Pompeii. While visiting one of Italy’s most unique and priceless artistic treasures, he stated that “Culture is the spirit of a Country, and this makes Italy a superpower.” An undeniable truth, considering that Italy counts the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites within its borders.
Since 1972, UNESCO has listed 1001 sites in 161 Countries all over the globe, which represent an invaluable heritage to be preserved for future generations. Italy alone hosts 50 of them, located throughout its territory. To narrate and promote Italy’s “great beauty” is the mission of L’Italo-Americano, this time not to win an Academy Award but to make it known and appreciated for its contribution to the human society.
Our editorial project needs your support in order to continue to represent Italy here on the U.S. West Coast and, even more important, to be the voice of the Italian American community that has been relying on it for over a century.
This was made possible thanks to the gradual evolution of the newspaper to keep up with the times and the needs of a community that, being part of a constantly changing society, can’t be pleased with an obsolete newspaper in terms of layout and contents.
The English language was introduced in 1974 and last year it has even earned the front page. In 2013, we launched new platforms to increase the newspaper’s outreach: the website, the digital edition for tablets and smartphones, Facebook and Twitter and other social media sites. Even the brand-new graphics of www.italoamericano.org aren’t just a restyling but rather a way to reorganize our contents, which allows our readers to access in real time thousands of original articles from our historical archive.
We are still evolving, and new projects could take shape if more funds were available. Without them, many ideas and improvements to your newspaper are inevitably delayed.
A greater support is vital not only to preserve a historical, century-old heritage, but also to hold high the Italian flag on the U.S. West Coast as well as within ourselves. Preserving our cultural heritage and language, our family values, and our identity, will make us better Italian Americans and better Americans.