Stories from Yongman and Silver Kim (Kim's Video), Eva Sam (Popular Jewelry), Mira Nakashima (George Nakashima Woodworkers), artist Yannick Lowery, Brian Kito (Fugetsu-Do), Celena Gill (Frères Branchiaux), Eddie Lee (BCD Tofu), Alana Erickson (Cowboy Cordage), actress and writer Maya Kazan, Lena Thao (Thao Family Farm), and Judith and Ben Lowry (Argosy Book Store).
From The Editors
Business is in the blood of the Yeun and Chung families, though the gene seems to have skipped us. Our families are prone to starting businesses because they don't like working for other people—that gene didn't skip us. Our families have owned gas stations, restaurants, dry cleaners, beauty product stores, and herbal medicine stores. They're a scrappy bunch.
As for us, we have a bad sense for how to make money and have no strong ideologies about it one way or another, but we like the stories. Whenever our families talk business, we never remember the details and strategies and tips for how money is made, but we like seeing people's eyes light up as they tell their Moby Dick pursuit, "I once caught a fish this big!"
Here in this zine are some more stories of family businesses. They are stories of relationships and human beings. Any undertaking of this size comes with heartaches, hopes, and regrets; they include takes of greatness and failure and memories of sheer luck. We read these and were struck by the dilemma families face when their business should be laid to rest. We couldn't help but feel that it's not the business but the story that we don't want to ever end.