Greetings, Our desire and wishes are for each of you to stay safe, heal, embrace family and rise above the chaos that can sometimes be present during this challenging time.
Here at the Italian Language Foundation, we are concerned about the affects to the global business economy and the U.S. economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There is much work to be done and businesses the world over must find ways to recover. As we reflect on continuing our organization’s work, we are reminded how truly grand is Italy in the face of this pandemic and as a vital economic engine for the U.S. economy. Hence, we are embracing the term #grandeitalia (grand Italy).
How truly grand is Italy? In 2019, Italy shipped to US $532.7 billion worth of diverse goods, including computers, furniture, gems, clothing, shoes, food, and much more. The U.S. is the third highest importer of Italian products (9.6%). Italian products are well-known and weaved into American life, from favorite food products like prosciutto to visits to the Little Italy food markets sprinkled nationwide from New York to Boston, Chicago, and all the way to the west coast in places such as San Diego. Lovers of all things Italian gravitate to Italian fashion brands like Fendi, Prada, etc. to an appreciation for Italy’s best-selling cars like the Lamborghini, Maserati to long-time Italian car maker Alfa Romeo. When it comes to art, and music, especially opera, Italy holds a renowned historical significance and presence worldwide. Lest we forget to mention, the love for Italian leather products and the high-quality grade of the much sought-after Italian leather handbags, shoes, upholstery, etc. Italian leather craftsmen are the best in the world!
And yet, sometimes during challenging times, the economic, educational and cultural contributions of a country and how this makes America a wonderfully cultural and vibrant nation can get lost. This includes its diversity, people, and yes, even the plethora of different languages. As such, in the coming weeks, the Italian Language Foundation will highlight Italian contributions to the United States, including outstanding corporations and small businesses, their executives, family living, authentic restaurants, virtual happenings and much more to bring forth unity and an appreciation for all cultures.
Stay with us and follow #grandeitalia as we showcase all that makes Italy grand and equally important, we will emphasize ILF’s goal to promote and support Italian language and culture to ensure it remains relevant and growing. We shall continue, in the midst of this pandemic, to bring vital resources to high school students, teachers and support schools and universities to increase Italian language studies. Join us through our website, blogs & social media and embrace #grandeitalia as a symbol of a united nation in love with all languages and culture.