Immigrants of different generations tell their stories
Jenna Filice in a controlled study with other undergraduate students in my course, ITAL2P98: Italians in Canada and Italy-Canada Relations at Brock University in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (MLLC) interviewed two athletes and a coach for the classroom study of Ethnicity and Gender inequality in Sports in Canada. She first interviewed her uncle, Steve Filice, representing a baby boomer’s perspective in the Italian Canadian communities. The second interview with Adam Mascherin, a young athlete drafted by Dallas Stars in 2018, represents the millennial generation, while Jeff Pereira, a coach in Canada, who emigrated from India, provides a generation X perspective from a house hold with an Olympian athlete. His interview also demonstrates a comparison to data collected from the Italian community.
Jenna Filice states: “The purpose of these interviews was to see whether or not gender inequality existed in the lives of three individuals growing up in three different eras, in relation to the topic of sports. Additionally, it was to examine their cultural heritage and the way of life they were immersed in. The first two interviewees with my uncle and Adam focus on Italian heritage, but I wanted to make sure my third interviewee had experiences outside of the Italian community. I wanted to see for myself, what it was like and what Jeff went through as an immigrant from India.”
The interview with Steve Filice is recorded as the audience views an archived photo from his private collection. Adam Mascherin and Jeff Pereira provided written answers to the same questions of this study with a few follow up questions as Adam uniquely plays pro-football and Jeff grew up with a brother who appeared in the Sydney Olympic Games for Team Canada. Their responses are displayed with a collage of archive photos.
“Three Different Generations, Three Different Perspectives: Sports in our Canadian Communities with Steve Filice, Adam Mascherin, and Jeff Pereira”
By Jenna Filice
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