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The North End Connection

J & N Market, Corner of Prince and Salem Street (North End of Boston), 1980 ©Anthony Riccio

In February I wrote about what I called “The American Connection” and some people misunderstood what I meant. Some thought I meant that I grew up with doubts or confusion about my Italian identity. That is not the case. I want to clarify what I meant and then use it as a stepping stone to talk about “North End identity.” In that February article, I talked about my former BU colleague Patricia Park’s frustration at often being perceived as non-American because of her Korean ancestry and physical features, and of her own sense of not feeling fully American because of ...

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