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Brusciano Naples Italy: Ashley Ciccone from California looking for family's origins. Great grandfather emigrated in USA 100 years ago. (Written by Antonio Castaldo)

Brusciano Naples Italy: Ashley Ciccone from California looking for family's origins. Great grandfather emigrated in USA 100 years ago. (Written by Antonio Castaldo)

 In recent years, the Italian-American genealogical researches have been increasing, seeking to know the past of their original families. The places of ancient origin, Italy, Europe and those of present-day residence, largely in the USA, are divided and distant because of the Atlantic Ocean, which often also has a symbolic seal of an overpass that does not contemplate return but definitive staying in a new existential state. Today there are planes, which in a few hours cancel the thirty days of sea travel of the first migratory flows, and once the contacts have been restored, thanks to social networks on the web, it takes just a few seconds to meet online.

There are agencies that work for this, data-processing software, collection centers, archives, such as Ellis Island, "Tear Island", which, in the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth century, recorded the passage, except for sent back for most health reasons, millions of immigrants. There were a lot of Italians because from 1880 to 1915 there were 4 million, out of a total of 9 emigrants, to choose the Americas. From 1900 to 1914 about 60% of them returned to Italy. Among those who stayed in USA there were many Bruscianese.

This is the short story of a positive rediscovery of own origins, as recounted by journalist and sociologist Antonio Castaldo of the European Institute of Human and Social Sciences.

In the second week of October 2017, Ashley Ciccone and Brian Fallon, a couple of thirty-year-olds from California, travel to Europe with the main purpose of reaching Brusciano in the province of Naples, where origins Ciccone family. Some of his members emigrate to the United States of America in the early jears '900.

Ashley Ciccone, descendent of daddy Antonio, from his grandfather Felice and his great grandfather Umberto Vittorio emigrated to USA, who was born in Brusciano on October 15, 1892, son of Sebastiano Ciccone and Angela Orsola Cimitile, parents of eight children, six males and two females. The two young Americans, Ashley's renowned woman's hairdresser, of Italian origin and Brian, of Irish origin, real estate agent, arrived in Brusciano on October 12 in the 525th anniversary of the discovery of America, reversing the route of Cristoforo Colombo led them to the discovery of Italy and Brusciano.

Here they found the treasure, opening the box of memories and tales, comparing them with the local anthropological field, voices and bodies, looks and faces, figures and symbols, spaces and architectures, everyday life and future dreams, affections and projects. Meeting Ciccone's family in Brusciano that in its history is crossed by three nostalgic generations based in the USA. Right in Via Corte, in the heart of the historic center of Brusciano, the beginning of Cortaucci, today Via San Francesco, near the Church of S. Maria delle Grazie, all the accumulated emotions melted in Ashley's tears of joy. Once upon a time they were tears of sorrows when they left, as singing in an ancient neapolitan song "on wood ships directed to the very far lands" from the port of Naples with so many Bruscianese who left their country over a century ago, looking for luck in the New World. In this case, the achieved success is witnessed by a picture depicting Ashley's grandfather, Felice, in the bakery, transformed into commercial image with the réclame: "Ciccone's Italian Cuisine. Introducer of Pizza since 1947 in California".

Another success is that of Sebastiano, the brother of great grandfather Umberto Vittorio, born in Brusciano on October 11, 1889, which left the mark in America as a leader in the history of St. Anthony's Giglio Dance in USA, rooted in East Harlem in New York 100 years ago by Gioacchino and Rocco Vivolo. That tradition continues in our days with Vivolo’s descendent Phil Bruno, together with all the members of the Giglio Society of East Harlem in new York. The Giglio Dance happens on 115th Street between 1st Avenue and Pleasant Avenue, near the Church of Our Lady of the Carmine, at the beginning of august in East Harlem. But this Ashley has no cognition and it is the social researcher Antonio Castaldo to inform her about the bruscianese and the american Giglio Story in the world. Asley recalls, however, that all the old members of the Ciccone family in America were always wearing a medal of St. Anthony of Padua.

On Friday, October 13, by restaurant "Pizza and Babbà", in Nola , a convivial evening was hosted with main guests Ashley Ciccone and Brian Fallon. Promoters of the initiative were Ciro Ciccone and Maddalena Russo; Maria Laura Ciccone, City Councilor in Brusciano and Florestano Perrotta, restaurant manager, with their little daughter, Vittoria; Dr. Rosalba Ciccone, who recalled Ashby's grandfather's Felice in the only brief visit to Brusciano, several decades ago; Felice young crib designer and her sister Mariangela sparkling univeristary student, both son and daughter of the lawyer Carmine Ciccone and Maria Rosaria Maione, with guest the journalist and sociologist Antonio Castaldo.

Eating pizza in different form of heart, circle and square stuffed in various ways, drinking craft beer and fine wine, stories and curiosities, was also revealed a very romantic moment in which Brian asked Ashley to marry him during the their excursion to Tuscany in Chianti. During the reserved party  on eating pizza in different form of heart, circle and square with various ingredients, drinking craft beer and fine wine, telling stories and curiosities, was also revealed a very romantic moment in which the american couple spoken about a secret: Brian asked Ashley to marry him during their excursion to Tuscany in Chianti.

Therefore the diners turned into a celebratory community like in the ancient Brusciano. A moment, a flash, a feedback that illuminated the historical remembering of a social reality that the emigrants left for the new world, while now the third and fourth generations are trying to recapture the threads of memory by visiting the lands of the origins of their ancestors, among people, commissioning agencies, exploring social media, and often succeeding in the case of Ashley Ciccone doing the middle and winning the prize of a humble meeting that has no price but huge value. The journalist, Antonio Castaldo, asking Ashley for the three things she will remember about Brusciano, once returned to California, received this immediate response: "A lot of love; A family forever; Rediscovery of history and roots".


IESUS Istituto Europeo di Scienze Umane e Sociali - Brusciano Naples Italy

   European Institute of Human and Social Scienses in Brusciano Naples Italy

                                   Social Researcher Antonio Castaldo

 

 

 

 

Ashley Ciccone dagli Usa in italia Brusciano Napoli in cerca delle radici di famiglia - Ashley Ciccone from USA California to Italy Brusciano Naples looking for family s origins |



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