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Italy

Many Villages: Acculturation or Assimilation?

This past semester I took a course on Cross-cultural counselling. Part of the coursework is a weekly journal reflecting on anything I’ve learned, thought about, or found challenging from the course material. I decided to post parts of these reflections in a weekly series called “Many Villages”. In South Philly there are two Cheesesteak joints … Continue reading »

Categories: food, immigration, international, Italy, language, manners, USA | 4 Comments

Christmas Music, Candy in Shoes, Karwa Chauth and More…

It’s November 2! If this fact seems uneventful to you, you’re probably not alone. However, in the Rana household, this a day when worlds collide. 1. First of all. Today marks Day #2 of Christmas Music Season!!! Within seconds of hitting play on Sufjan Stevens’ Christmas album, I let out a huge sigh. It was … Continue reading »

Categories: celebrations, Christmas, family, Holidays, india, Italy, winter | 3 Comments

Many Villages: Racial Privilege

This semester I’m taking a course on Cross-cultural counselling. Part of the coursework is a weekly journal reflecting on anything I’ve learned, thought about, or found challenging from the course material. I decided to post parts of these reflections in a weekly series called “Many Villages”. Two weeks ago in class, we took a 28 … Continue reading »

Categories: india, Italy, life, travel, USA | 14 Comments

Italian Heritage Week

This week is self-proclaimed Italian Heritage week in the Rana Household. I know, it’s a perfectly inspiring name. (Feel free to give me a better suggestion!). When my Grandma passed away this Spring, I spent hours with my sister and my Mom sorting through Grandma’s belongings, reminiscing, and digging through artifacts of an 89 year … Continue reading »

Categories: celebrations, customs, family, Italy | 7 Comments

Love and Dessert

I love dessert. Whenever I’m invited to a friend’s house for supper, I ask what I can bring. Partly because Mama raised me right, and partly because by offering I believe can ensure that dessert will be served. As kids, my siblings and I found countless ways to ingest sugar. On summer nights we’d slurp … Continue reading »

Categories: dessert, family, hilarious, india, Italy, love | 2 Comments