- The first Korean first lady in U.S. history, Yumi Hogan, gives a special lecture
Yumi Hogan, the first Korean first lady in U.S. history, gave a special lecture at Sookmyung Women’s University.
On Monday, September 19, Sookmyung Women’s University invited Yumi Hogan to give a special lecture at the Sookmyung Global Lecture event under the theme of "If We Can Be Gifts To Each Other" at the Snowflake Square Hall on campus. "If We Can Be Gifts To Each Other" is also the title of the autobiographical essay published last year by Yumi Hogan containing her 42 years of immigrant life in the United States.
As the wife of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a potential Republican presidential candidate, Yumi Hogan is the first First Lady of Korean descent in U.S. history and is active in advocating the empowerment of Koreans and Asians in the United States. As an art artist, she runs the art therapy program “Yumi Cares” for pediatric and cancer patients and raised the status of Koreans, and is currently an adjunct professor at Maryland Institute College of Art.
The special lecture was made possible through the Sookmyung Women’s University President Yunkeum Chang’s visit to the Maryland Governor＇s residence in August during a business trip to the United States, where she exchanged views with Yumi Hogan on women＇s leadership and global exchanges.
In the special lecture, Yumi Hogan introduced her childhood in Naju, South Jeolla, her memories of her respected teacher as a junior high school student, and her difficult life as an immigrant to the United States, saying, "Thanks to the help of my family and people around me, I was able to overcome difficulties and have the attitude of giving and living as I do now."
Yumi Hogan said, "When I look back on my life, nothing was easy, but by constantly giving my best and living with a positive heart, I was able to have hope," and emphasized the need to constantly challenge ourselves without backing down even in difficult situations, saying, "If you never give up, you can achieve your dreams."
A student who participated in the special lecture said, "I was touched by the way she ceaselessly lead and support Korean immigrants and patients, and it gave me the courage to take on new and bigger challenges in the future."