Resilience Runs in the Family | Perilla Diaries | Ep. 5
For our final episode of Perilla Diaries, we asked Thomas and Andrew where they got the resilience to carry on throughout all these pandemic challenges. Without hesitation, they pointed to the strongest people they know – their mothers. We asked the two restaurateurs to phone them for a short interview about their respective journeys starting new jobs and lives in America.
As we wrap up this short series, we’d like to thank Thomas and Andrew of Perilla for their transparency and willingness to share their honest story, no matter the struggles. Since we started shooting in March when the shutdown began, we’ve seen them overcome the challenges of adapting their restaurant to a completely new system while navigating food shortages, delivery fees, and even riots in the middle of the Black Lives Matter movement. They’ve documented their process of maintaining flexibility with the business while also prioritizing the health and safety of their staff and themselves.
To continue following their journey, follow Perilla | Korean American Fare on Instagram @perillachicago and their website https://perillachicago.com/.
Andrew Lim @andrewjlim
Thomas Oh @tomoh44