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ICYMI: Honoring Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders

Thanks to all of you who tuned in for our half hour special that honored local Asian Americans who are really making a positive impact where we live. In case you missed it.. don’t worry. We have all the stories up online. Here are the two that I contributed this year. The first is very inspiring. It’s a true rags to riches story about a single mom who fled Vietnam after the war and was able to overcome welfare and cancer. The second story captures a growing trend in the DC area.. the Korean Dol. It’s the 100 day celebration of life also known traditionally as the child’s first birthday. Learn the intriguing history and fun fortune ritual that takes place at these parties which we learned could cost up to $10,000!

MORE: Watch the Stories

Rosemary’s Tran Lauer: Helping Single Parents and Children in DC area

Party Trend: Korean 1st Birthday

Asian American Half Hour Special Airing this Saturday

Please join me and Eun Yang this Saturday as we commemorate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a 30 minute Special on NBC4. We have so many incredible Asian Americans who are making an impact where we live now. Their stories will amaze you and inspire. The Special show airs Saturday May 10th at 7:30PM. Special thanks to our sponsors Allstate Insurance and McDonald’s.

Some history.. the Library of Congress chose May for this month “to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.” Eun and I headed over to the beautiful residence of the Japanese Ambassador to film the show. Shout out to our producer Jason Gittlen and photographer Chester Panzer.

Some of the stories you’ll see will range from an Oakton woman with a real rags to riches story. Rosemary Tran Lauer has a true story of triumph over war, welfare and cancer after fleeing her native Vietnam and arriving in America with nothing. Eun shows us a local group that helps young people find their way in what can be a very complicated world. Just a couple of the many great stories we can’t wait to share.  Won’t you join us!



7:30 PM ON NBC4

We’ll see you then.. Angie & Eun!

NBC4 Asian-American Reception

It is great working for a place that really embraces diversity. NBC4 teamed up with McDonald’s Corporation to present the Asia and Pacific Islander Heritage Month reception in Studio A.  Asian-American leaders in our community were recognized at the event and a $5,000 check was given to the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center.

WATCH: NBC4 Asian-American Special

There was great company, Chinese food and beautiful live music. We also celebrated the success of our recent 30 minute special which told some incredible stories of people making a difference here and across the world. It airs again this Sunday May 26th at 11:30 on NBC4.

NBC4 General Manager presents check, Angie with honoree & poetry teacher Simone, Rosemary and Bill Lauer of Devotion to Children, Ginger and Frances Park with Eun Yang & Live Quartet!

Escaping North Korea

When I met Mike Kim and learned his story I was blown away. This was a guy who had a successful financial planning business.. had a new promotion.. a bright future ahead and he have it all up. It was a decision he made after a visit to China. It was originally just to see the country.. the Great Wall among other things. Then he met a girl who changed his life. She was 16.. from North Korea.. and had been sold across the border to a 50 year old Chinese man as a sex slave. After his return to the US Kim decided to return to the border and with friends help North Koreans find their freedom by using a modern 6,000 mile underground railroad to escape. Here is his story…

Asian Pacific American Special on NBC4!

Mike Kim helped North Koreans escape through a modern day underground railroad that runs through China, Laos and Thailand

I am so excited about what’s happening this Saturday. At 10am (following our show!) NBC4 presents it’s Asian-Pacific American Special. It’s 30 minutes jam packed with stories that will get you thinking and above all inspire! You will walk away having learned something guaranteed!

Ginger and Frances Park are two sisters who started DC's first Chocolate Shop more than 30 years ago. But behind the sweet treats.. is a story inspired by survival.

Along with tackling some big cultural issues like immigration.. the show will venture into something for everyone. There’s plenty for foodies to get excited about and music fans get ready for a great one-on-on with Richard On of O.A.R.!
We also take a close look at local Asian Americans who are changing our community and the world. One of the stories I contributed is about an Arlington man who’s tourist trip to China turned into a life long mission to help an oppressed people. Mike Kim gave up his successful financial business in the US and moved to the North Korea-China border to help North Koreans escape. This after discovering a 6,000 mile modern underground railroad. His story is heart-wrenching, fascinating and gives one hope. It even caught the eye of some of Hollywood’s biggest producers.
Don’t miss this great show hosted by Eun Yang this Saturday!
Tune in at 10AM after News4 Today on NBC4!

Gala: Celebrating US-Korea Partnership

I was honored to co-emcee with my Seoul sister Eun Yang the KEI 30th Anniversary Gala celebrating the Korea- United States parntership. Many Korean War veterans including  Rep. Charlie Rangel attended. Also in the crowd… several former Ambassadors to Korea. South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak even sent a video message.  There were traditional drum and fan dance performances as well.

KEI hosted the gala. KEI works to broaden and deepen the understanding amongst Americans about developments in Korea and the value of the U.S.-Korea relationship.

Korean War veteran Charlie Rangel spoke from the heart

with Eun

Delegate Mark Keam with members of Korean American Womens Chamber of Commerce

Ambassador Han Duksoo speaks

With Mrs. Chan— her daughter Kathy was my intern

Rhee honored at Asian American Gala

This year’s annual Asian American Chamber of Commerce gala spotlighted Asian Americans who are making a difference in their community. Master Jhoon Rhee also known as the Father of American Taekwondo was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Rhee is credited for introducing this martial art to the US in the 1950’s. Local non-profits like Devotion to Children also received awards. Watch video from the event on

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