[WaPo] Md. First Lady Yumi Hogan serves her own kimchi at Lunar New Year celebration

March 2, 2015


(Courtesy of Mary F. Calvert for the Washington Post)

(Courtesy of Mary F. Calvert for the Washington Post)


Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and his wife Yumi hosted more than 200 people from the Asian community Thursday night at the governor’s mansion to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

It was not the first such celebration at the mansion, but it was the first hosted by an Asian-American — the first lady, a Korean artist who immigrated to the United States in her 20s, raised three daughters as a single mother, pursued a painting career, and met her husband at an art show.

“I’m just so proud of her,” the governor said in an interview, looking over at his wife in a pink and blue traditional Korean dress. “She looks like a beautiful Asian princess.”

Among the Asian fare on the buffet table: kimchi, Korea’s signature vegetable dish. The first lady cut it herself in the mansion kitchen, which houses her enormous kimchi refrigerator that she brought from the couple’s home in Edgewater.