The Recess Ends — a nation back to work

Posted by John Park on Feb 12th, 2009
Feb 12


Today, I want to tell you about a couple of young guys from my adopted hometown of Irvine, CA.  The two brothers Austin and Brian Chu are driving across the country in their beat-up minivan in an effort to produce a documentary about the current recession devastating our country.  They are basically doing this on their own dime and are getting some serious press for their worthwhile objective.  They are young, full of energy and probably still idealistic enough to get it done right.  Check out their web site.  And if you can spare it, make a donation.  Any amount will do.  It will pay for some gas or maybe their next greasy meal at some diner in the middle of the country.
In Austin’s own words…
From January 24 to April 30, I will visit the major, most impoverished cities in the United States, from Los Angeles to New York. I will interview everyday Americans: rich, poor, black, white, etc. I will interview students, families, and single adults. In addition, a large portion of the story will be the voices of both small businesses and large corporations. Businesses are shutting down and laying off. Recently, Sharper Image shutdown all major operations; DHL is closing down all domestic operations; Citigroup laid off 53,000 jobs; Chrysler shutdown their plants for a month. And I got laid off on December 5th, 2008. I subsequently applied for unemployment for the first time on December 8th, 2008. We all share a common story– I am going to capture and share that story.

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One Response

  1. Katherine Says:

    Thanks, John — great story!

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