In the past few months we have been discussing this idea at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, where the Eusic initiative (Empowerment of the US-Italy Community) is hosted. Eusic is promoted by the Sociology Department of the University of Rome “Sapienza” and its goal is to facilitate the creation of a journalistic and cultural bilingual web portal dedicated to the Italian/American community.
From the synergy between these projects i-Italy is born, with “Italian/American Digital Project” as its subtitle.
i-Italy will offer to our community the necessary instruments for the creation of a bilingual project on the Web which will focus on three major fields:
1) Information and discussion on current, social and cultural events: with the areas “Magazine” and “Multimedia,” in which articles, movies, photos and audio files will be published;
2) In-depth examination and cultural debate: with the areas “Op-eds” and “Specials,” in which opinions, comments, columns, analyses, and reviews will be hosted;
3) Community building/social networking: with the areas “Blog” and “Community,” in which all readers will be able to freely present their own experiences and opinions with personal pages, forums, discussion groups, mailing lists
Our project addresses three major segments of a large potential audience:
• Americans of Italian descent
• Americans with no Italian ancestry, but who have an interest in Italy and Italian lifestyle and culture.
• Italians living and working in the U.S.
It also addresses three main topics:
• Italian America: social, political and cultural events related to the Italian/American community.
• Italy in the U.S.: Italian events in America, including among others artistic, cultural, and business events;
• Italy in italy: current events in the fields of politics, society, culture and “lifestyle”, including fashion, style, cuisine, and tourism.
Finally, our project is bilingual, with English as its main language as it is spoken by the most part of our target audiences."