From the editor.
The present issue of Voices reflects in large part upon ethnic identity in New York. In "Ethnicity, Nostalgia, Affirmation: The Rhetoric of Italian American Identity," Michael Buonanno examines, with poetic eloquence, some of the tropes of speech and story which helped to shape what it was, and is, to be Italian American in, and beyond, the community in which he was raised. Mu Li focuses with fascination upon activities Jewish Americans customarily engage in upon the Christian holiday of Christmas, especially eating out at Chinese restaurants. Frank Campagna ("Field Note") remembers a traditional Italian folk story passed down in his family, and what the story offers to an understanding of how best to treat elders in their later, vulnerable years.
Pete Rushefsky and Ethel Raim share the story of Bulgarian Romani saxophonist Yuri Yunakov's career and celebrate his receipt of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship. Ukrainian American lutenist, composer, and painter Roman Turovsky-Savchuk explains the development of his engagement with Ukrainian music and musical genres, in life as well as in cyberspace, in "Dialogues with Time." We revisit the New York Folklore Society's Annual 2011 "Legends and Tales" Conference proceedings via a report by Lisa Overholser, and Ellen McHale and Lisa Overholser describe the Society's three-day, two-state Embroiderers' Gathering in Ithaca in November 2011, thanks to a grant from the Mid Atlantic Folk Arts Outreach Project. Voices is pleased to reprint an especially noteworthy article from Inside Arts, the publication of the Association for Performing Arts Presenters (APAP): Kristen Andresen's account of the historic founding of WOCA--Women of Color in the Arts, at last year's APAP conference in New York City. Voices also welcomes its newest column, "NurorAsian: Asian American Arts in New York," written for this issue by Andrea Louie. In upcoming issues, two writers will pen this column in alternation: Andrea Louie and Nico Daswani, both of New York's Asian American Arts Alliance (www.aaartsalliance.org). Finally, with sorrow, but with a shared gratitude for having known her, three of Poughkeepsie-based folklorist Jean D. Crandall's close friends reflect on Jean's life and legacy in folklore, since her untimely passing in November.
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