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GO Lunchtime Lecture Series
2013.5.15

"Regional Diversity": Tips for Understanding Italy Better

2013.5.15/投稿者:Hiroki Kawamoto/GO Lunchtime Lecture
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Hiroki Kawamoto

On May 14th, a GO Lunchtime Lecture was held in 21KOMCEE for the first time. In this lecture, the Italian attaché, Corrado Molteni talked about Italy.
 
For me, Italy was just a country very far away and I did not know much about it but his talk was interesting.  The main topic he talked about that day was regional diversity in his country. According to his talk, Italy is not a unified country and most of the Italian people hold the identity of their region stronger than the identity of Italy. One of the reasons for this is that Italy did not exist as a country until the middle of the 18th century. On the other hand, the Meiji Restoration also happened in Japan at the same age. It was very interesting to me that Japan and Italy have a similar modern history. Though I knew a lot about Italian unification and the Meiji Restoration before the lecture, I did not recognize the similarity of those countries until he pointed it out.
 
He also said to us that Italy has been the crossroads of cultures and Italy has been influenced by many cultures. It was surprising to me that Italy has been invaded many times. He also indicated that we could call Italy a small European Union because the country has been playing a very important role in keeping various regions as one team. This opinion was very impressive to me. I thought that Italy could be a good example for considering the future of the EU. He also showed us many nice pictures of Italy. All of the pictures were very nice, but there were many differences among them. So I could understand the diversity of Italian culture and nature. Although we had only 50 minutes to talk, there were many new discoveries about Italy for me and I really enjoyed his lecture.

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