Posts Tagged ‘korea’

Learning another language

Me on the monkey bars in Hannam Village in Seoul

I keep saying I’m going to learn Farsi.. it’s been more than a year. I just can’t find the time.

I also keep kicking myself for refusing to become fluent in Korean. True story: I was born and spent most of my life in South Korea. My Korean mom tried hard to teach me her language. She tells me when I was a child I would threaten to run away if she tried to teach me. She says I even told her “you talk funny”.
Kids… they say the darnest things.

Kids also do things they don’t realize they’ll grow to regret when they get older. That’s why when I saw a Living Social deal for Language Stars I figured I had nothing to lose. I enrolled Adora (at 19 months) into Mandarin classes. Today she had her first lesson. Despite appearing as if she is head of the class… the baby didn’t bring her best Kai Lan. She was actually a little scared and was mostly a mute. I think it was all the new people.

When I tell people Adora is learning Chinese I get mixed responses.

“Shouldn’t she start with English,” my sister replied.
Considering Adora’s limited vocabulary consist of dog, duck and dad… my sister had a point.

But I also get people who say.. NOW is the time, start them young.
As someone who failed Spanish in college– I know learning languages later in life can be tough. What do you think?



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

Holiday at Korean Ambassador’s Home

We celebrated the holiday with Ambassador Duk-Soo Han and Madame Han at their breathtaking residence in Northwest Washington. Amb. Han was instrumental in getting the free-trade treaty between South Korea and the US passed. At the party we also heard from Leonard Kim of the Korean American Scholarship Foundation. Of course there was tons of food… my favorite were kimchi pancakes and galbi! Many of us went in for seconds. We wrapped up the evening with nori-bang.. with is Karaoke in Korean. The Ambassador himself even took center stage.

Suzanne, Amb. Han, Angie, Jenet and Pete

Food was amazing!

The asian inspired architecture is open and beautiful

The Ambassador sings!




Ask Chin: Do you Djay?

It’s been some time since we’ve asked Chin anything. This time we wanna know if she can spin the decks. She’s not internationally known but I assure you she’s “Big in Herndon.”


Mandu is a favorite thing of mine.. the Korean dumpling often stuffed with veges, pork or beef are awesome steamed or fried and dipped in soy sauce. Now I have another Mandu I’ll keep in mind whenever I get the craving for Korean in DC. The family-run restaurant on K Street is just awesome. This is the Lee family’s newest location and actually boasts extra items you won’t find on the menu elsewhere. It’s a fab spot for lunch throughout the week and has a dinner menu too.  Joining me for lunch was my little sis Jenny Kim and Korean food lover Flounder aka DJ Flounder from DC101. We had an absolute blast and started off with Hobak Jeon (zucchini fried in egg and flour) and of course mandu.

As for our meals we decided to teach Flounder (who has some mad chopsticks skills) how to eat one of our favorites: Dol Sot Bi Bim Bap. Think rice bowl, tons of vegetables, beef and hot paste served in a scolding hot stone bowl. There’s a raw egg on top and the idea is you mix it all together, adding in the hot paste allowing the stone bowl to fry the rice and cook the egg before your eyes. Jenny Kim got the same thing while I opted for spicy soup called Kimchi Jigae.

I spoke with Mrs. Lee who is called “Mama Lee” in the kitchen and she told me how she moved to DC in 1974. She started the restaurant on her own and has since been able to open up this second location on K Street with the help of her son Danny and daughter. She says whenever she’s at one of the restaurants you will always find her in the kitchen.. either cooking or supervising.

I could tell our meal had an oma touch (oma is mom in Korean). The food tasted very authentic.. just like my mom Chin would make.  In addition to great bites.. there’s an awesome bar and whole upstairs level for more dining.

The deets:

Location: 453 K Street, NW DC, Parking: Metered parking, paid lot on K Street or Parking Garage on I Street

Average app: $7 Average meal: $12

We show Flounder how to eat Dol Sot Bi Bim Bap



CHIN makes her 9NEWS TV Debut

I have had several requests to bring back the famous ‘ASK CHIN’ videos on the blog. I admit I’ve been slacking between this baby thing, moving and trying to still write everyday and report.

Well, it looks like momma is going big time. Chin had her first news story air on WUSA in the 5pm news– I don’t even get face time in that show LOL!  Read the full story

WATCH VIDEO: Angie goes home on hunt to satisfy her cravings

Honey Pig: Friends indulge at Korean feast

We dig the pig.

After hearing rave reviews of Honey Pig (Gooldaegee) in Annadale, Virginia I said enough is enough, time to get stuffed. No Korean feast should go unshared… so I gathered with fellow kimchee and bulgogi fans. The rest is history… not grain of sticky rice left.

Below meet my Chingoos that’s ‘friends’ in Korean: Bottom: Nina Un, Nicole Siobal, Angie Goff, Sumita Pradhan Top: Laura Carlson, Dannia Hakki, Kamari Wheeler, Anchyi Wei and Jackie Turner 

Korean 'Jersey Shore' Cast

A reality show that digs at my roots. I already love it.

The cast for K-Town has been set… an Asian-American reality show features 4 guys, 4 girls. According to Channel APA a pilot episode was shot this past weekend and involved heavy drinking, lotsa food and drama for your oh-ma . That’s mom in Korean.

More shots from the shooting of the pilot.. all I can say is I was born and raised in South Korea.. and never saw a native like this

WTG: Female named football head coach

natalie randolph

Ladies.. we’ve always been told we can do anything and why shouldn’t that include coachin’ on the gridiron. Natalie Randolph, former DC Divas (women indoor football league) player is the new head football caoch at Coolidge High School in DC.  According to the Post interview the American Football Coaches Association has female members but there’s no record of one ever being named head coach.

This moment makes me so proud. Before my broadcast years my ultimate dream was to play college hoops for the Lady Longhorns. From my basketball shams in theSAHS Falcons bedroom to my Dominique Wilkins terry cloth bath towel… everything in my life revolved around the hardwood. My teammates and me never aspired for more than college because the thought of a pro womens basketball league was wishful thinking.

Times.. they are a changing.

[Pictured: 1) Randolph as an assistant coach at Woodson. 2) Can you find me in this high school team picture? Hint: David Robinson was my idol.]

ASK CHIN: Are you old?

Ask Chin

February 12th is President Lincoln’s birthday but it’s also the infamous CHIN’S- my Korean mom. Our series of “ASK CHIN: Simple answers to simple questions” continues. In this latest edition we Ask Chin: Are you old?

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