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And as the first Asian American first lady of Maryland, the Korean immigrant also recognizes her own momentous place in history as a result of her husband’s win.“Not only first Asian, [I am the] first Korean first lady in the whole United States, in the 100 years of [Korean immigration to this country],” Yumi Hogan proudly stated, speaking with Kore Am by phone in early January. They are really looking forward to how I’m going to help them.”For starters, Yumi Hogan appears poised and ready to embrace the role of playing a Korean cultural ambassador of sorts, as she and her husband settle into their new home, the governor’s mansion in Annapolis.
Toward that end, the 55-year-old landscape artist, who is an adjunct professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art, mentioned that she plans to bring to the historic Georgian-style mansion, home to Maryland’s governors for the last 125 years, a quintessential Korean item: a kimchi refrigerator.“We’re going to ferment kimchi,” said Hogan, noting how she plans to teach the kitchen staff how to prepare Korean cuisine.