04/30/2009 5:56 PM ET
Kim Ng and Jon SooHoo to be honored by Chinese Historical Society of Southern California
Assistant GM and longtime team photographer to be recognized Sunday night at 34th annual gala dinner
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers Vice President/Assistant General Manager Kim Ng and longtime Club Photographer Jon SooHoo will be honored by the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California this Sunday at the organization's 34th annual gala dinner. Ng and SooHoo will be recognized as part of the Chinese Historical Society's celebration of Chinese Americans in sports. The gala is being held at Empress Harbor Seafood Restaurant in Monterey Park, and will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Other Chinese Americans who will be honored Sunday include tennis star Michael Chang, UCLA football coach Norm Chow, and 1984 figure skating Olympian Tiffany Chin.
Ng is in her eighth season as Dodgers VP/Assistant General Manager. She is one of only two female executives in Major League Baseball to hold such a position, and she was the first woman to interview for a general manager's position in Major League history when she did so with the Dodgers prior to the 2005 season. In 2007, the University of Chicago graduate was one of 20 fellows named to the Young Leaders Forum for the National Committee on United States-China relations, and took part in a four-day retreat in Nanjing, China as part of the program.
Prior to joining the Dodgers, Ng served as Vice President/Assistant General Manager for the New York Yankees for four seasons from 1998-2001. At 29 years of age when hired by the Yankees, she was the youngest Assistant General Manager in Major League Baseball history. Ng began her baseball career with the Chicago White Sox as a Special Projects Analyst from 1991-94.
SooHoo is in his 24th season as the Dodgers' team photographer. The Los Angeles native also serves as a photographer for the University of Southern California and Autoclub Speedway, and he started his professional photography career with NBA Photos, taking pictures at Lakers and Clippers games. His grandfather, Peter SooHoo, was the founder of Los Angeles' new Chinatown, organizing the move from the old Chinatown at Union Station.
The Dodgers' ties to China date to 1980, when the club started a relationship with the China Baseball Association to help develop the game in the country. In 1986, the Dodgers built a ballpark in Tianjin and named it Dodger Stadium, which is now home to the Tianjin Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. In May 2002, Tommy Lasorda and Director of Asian Operations Acey Kohrogi visited Beijing as guests of honor at the Chinese Baseball League's championship game. One month later, the Dodgers hosted the Chinese National Baseball team for workouts during its visit to Los Angeles.
Most recently, during 2008 Spring Training, a split-squad Dodgers club, highlighted by Joe Torre, Andruw Jones, and Matt Kemp traveled to Beijing to play against the San Diego Padres at Wukesong Stadium in the first-ever Major League game played in the country.
The mission statement of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California is to bring together people with a mutual interest in the important history and historical role of Chinese and Chinese Americans in Southern California; to pursue, preserve and communicate knowledge of this history; and to promote the heritage of the Chinese and Chinese American community in support of a better appreciation of our rich, multi-cultural society.