Greeks gone west: A video profile of Greek-Americans

The US Embassy in Athens contacted me a few months about a neat project they were doing, in conjunction with the newspaper, Kathimeriniprofiling various Greek-Americans in various professions.  I made it on to the list, so they came over and interviewed me for an hour, and then crystallized the interview into the following 3 minute video.

They did a really good job. Hey, when you’re Greek, any interview that gets your last name right is well-done. :) (And I’m surprised I was speaking so slowly, maybe they drugged my drink, knowing how I normally speak.)

Here’s a pic of one of the outtakes when “someone” decided she had been left out of the picture a bit too long:


Here’s the description of the project:

“Greeks Gone West” is a series of video vignettes the US Embassy in Athens made about the world of work in the US. Through the prism of Greeks and Greek-Americans with interesting work lives, we hope to improve the understanding of US society and to show possibilities during a time, in Greece, when life seems full of limitations and frustrations.

Each video is roughly three minutes long and addresses how each of the 23 participants came to do what they do, whether a music supervisor, a film director, an HIV doctor, a restaurateur, an advertising guru, fashion designer and several other people, and what they plan to do next. We hear about their experiences and relations with Greece, but mainly we hear how they’ve pushed through the toughest parts of their journey. We plan to profile a pathologist, a music producer, a fashion designer, a chef, a video game designer, and several other people.

With the support of Kathimerini, you will be able to enjoy one video profile per day throughout the month of July.

Today’s video features John Aravosis, political consultant for the Democrats, writer, gay activist and blogger.

Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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  • Olterigo

    Liked you in the video, didn’t like the video itself (I mean the non-you visual part). It felt like they just got their hands on a video-creating software and decided to try out all the special effects. It was a bit too distracting, IMHO.

  • HelenRainier

    Well, John, you have arrived! Seriously, congrats for being selected for this project and you did a great job telling your story.

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  • And who could have imagined that Twitter crowdsourcing could be wrong? ;-) Does this mean we can believe YouTube commenters either? ;-)

  • Thank you, that was really sweet of you :)

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  • MJ

    Not the same, unfortunately. That’s too much like planning a visit to Egypt and expecting to be in the midst of the brilliance of the Pharaohs.

  • Demosthenes

    Good job. As a fellow Hellene, I applaud both your participation and this project.

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  • I love Greek music… I’ve been intending to teach myself bouzouki for years, for both Greek and Irish traditional music, but just haven’t managed to around to it. It’s such a cool, unique sound beyond guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukelele, etc, that you hear rather commonly in folk music. When I heard it used in the Dexter opening theme song it really got me to thinking about how such traditional music can be incorporated into modern styles.

  • When I think of Greece I think of going back in time . What a history ! Do you feel that same sense of ancient connection John? I get a sense that Greek folk are never without it on some level.

  • mwdavis

    Enjoyed watching this. Thanks, John.
    P.S. You’re a good looking guy.

  • 2patricius2

    It was. I used some of your material, attributing it to you, in letters to the local Catholic archbishop and his paper trying to get them to condemn the violence against Matthew and so many other LGBT people. I listed numerous examples of national and local violence. Needless to say, after some letters back and forth with the editor, he terminated the correspondence on his end.

    The archbishop was a close friend of John Paul II who was scheduled to fly to Denver to address youths there. I told him that John Paul II needed to condemn the violence in his address. The archbishop wrote some pious and meaningless response months later. And of course the pope was silent.

    But I figured that I had had my say. At least one person had confronted the editor and archbishop with examples of violence, and they could not plead ignorance.

  • Ha! Yeah, one of my relatives once told my mom that she talked like an 8 year old girl in Greek (of course, she left when she was 8). And my grandparents loved, and my parents love, all the old Greek music – we grew up on it, but my friends my age in Greece don’t love it so much.

  • Oh wow, that was back in 98 or so.

  • Yeah, they tend to think it’s corruption. Not that it isn’t, in its own way, a lot of times. And yes, we have a lot of family there. My closest relatives are in the US – mom’s brother’s family, and dad’s bro’s family and some first and second cousins. But we have a lot of second cousins, aunts and uncles, in Greece. Was there probably 3 or 4 years ago at this point.

  • I’m still surprised I managed it!

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  • I find it amusing that other countries don’t really have any concept of lobbying as we know it in the US.

    Do you still have close family in Greece? Have you spent much time there recently?

  • petewestcentral

    Translator probably appreciated that s-l-o-w speech!

  • Wonderful John. We need to talk about some of that wonderful Greek food !

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  • 2patricius2

    Good clip, John. The first time I came across your name and your work online was in connection with Matthew Shepard and the violence against other LGBT people.

  • Great video John. My boyfriend is Greek. His mother lives in Long Island technically, but really she lives in a Greece that’s been gone for over 50 years. Would love to see him on something like this. And yes – great work over the past 10 + years. Visionary!

  • Violet York Cauthon

    Good for you, John, we progressives, liberals, whatever name we use – I think of us as seeing that we have the right for improvement, that as citizens we must always examine the status quo and seek change.

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