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Why do you think Italians are portrayed as family people?
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Posted 1/30/11 , edited 1/30/11
I was making pizza earlier and it just hit me! I don't know why Italians are portrayed that way but I guess it just makes since! I know I'm a family person but I don't know if other families are like that too. Do you think it's just a stereotype that Italians are portrayed as family people or what? And is your family for family?
Posted 1/30/11
No not really..most italians ARE family ppl
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There aren't many Italians in my area, so I'm not really sure. I don't really know much about Italians' way of life. Sadly, since I'm a hardcore Jersey Shore fan, I only think of Jersey Shore when I think of Italians.
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Don't know.
...Maybe it's because of pasta. Pasta brings people together, you know?
Posted 1/30/11
The only Italians I know are the ones on the Jersey Shore, nothing family about them.
Posted 1/30/11
Never heard that before. I usually heard that used for Mexican families.
Posted 1/30/11
I think most of them are x'D
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lol Every time I think of an Italian family. I think of nosey family members XD
Anyone watched "Everybody loves Raymond" ?
THAT'S how I imagine italian families O___o
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Posted 1/30/11
Most Italians are family oriented, and very welcoming as well as friendly
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Posted 1/31/11 , edited 1/31/11
This stereotype probably arose around the time when the Godfather movies came out? You think Italian, a lot of times you're going to think Mafia. In mafia films not only is each member very family oriented with their own blood, but the organization itself it set up a lot like a family. Everyone is included in each others family activities and they keep it all within family and close friends.
Posted 1/31/11
Well if you go to Italy, especially the more remote village areas, they are very closely related and consider friends family aswell, and Italian cuisine especially is known to be made from scratch, family is involved in the cooking process and the eating so I blame the food for this stereotype and the Bolognese adverts on TV always show this. Its very stereotypical and I'm sure not the entire majority of Italian families are like this. Its not some fantasy happy larry world on its own, same as everywhere else....just nicer imo.
Posted 1/31/11
Yeah Godfather and Jersey Shore haven't portrayed Italian families very well! I don't live near my extended family anymore, but when I did, we were always having parties during holidays and it was nice. And the food does definitely bring people together It all has to do with how someone was raised, and the more traditional Italian families do place a big emphasis on family time.
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welll im half italian and i guess you could say they are really welcoming ^^;; my mom is chinese and they accepted her into the family without a 2nd thought and now they always talk 2 her 24/7, so i guess they are pretty welcoming and also they tend to keep their parents with them like my dad did he really didnt want to leave her alone but in the end he was sad to have seen her go to a retirment home but she had a lot of un there up until the point she died so i guess those are the reasons they would be?
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Posted 1/31/11
The only thing that comes to mind is the Italian family run gangs/mafias in the U.S. back during the 60s or so I think.
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Posted 1/31/11
who knows.. you could pose that question about any nationality.
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