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Alessandro &
Lina Urso

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Learn why Alessandro Urso decided to emigrate from Italy and listen as he describes the journey, by boat and train, as well as his arrival in Quebec and subsequent job search. As a recent graduate, he has excellent job skills, but has no English and school French. The assistance provided by Canadian immigration authorities does not help him to find work but he is resourceful and quickly finds employment, though not in Armstrong, Quebec, which was the town chosen for him by the Canadian government.

Emigration from Italy
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In the following excerpts, Lina Urso describes the immigration experience of her Father Vincenzo Annichiarico and also her own, that of a four-year-old child. She also describes what it was like to acquire language, go to school and how the family established themselves in the New World.

Immigration Experience - Part 1
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Immigration Experience - Part 2
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Lina and Alessandro Urso, 2002.  Photo taken by David Ridley of the Heritage Community Foundation. Alessandro and Lina Urso talk about life in the Italian community, customs, traditions, maintenance of the Italian language. Their Discussion centres on the setting up of the Il Congresso newspaper through the National Congress of Italian-Canadians, Edmonton District.

Italian Community Life - Part 1
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Italian Community Life - Part 2
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In the following excerpt, Alessandro Urso talks about the Italian government initiative "Italians Abroad" that would see the reclaiming of citizenship and ability to vote in Italian elections. He also talks of the impact on the Italian community in Edmonton.

"Italians Abroad"
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Alessandro and Lina Urso reflect on community identity and what is passed on to their children including Christmas traditions.

Community Identity
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