Wednesday, October 12, 2011

State Visit: First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts Special Event For First Lady Kim Yoon-ok

Visit to Virginia high school in Korean-American community will focus on the arts...
First Lady Michelle Obama
will host a special event for the Republic of Korea’s First Lady Kim Yoon-ok during Thursday's State Visit of President Lee Myung-bak to President Obama. Mrs. Obama will bring Mrs. Kim for an 11:00 AM visit to Annandale High School in Virginia, which is in one of the largest Korean-American communities in the Washington area. Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Kim have met before, including at the Pittsburgh G-20 Summit, which President Obama hosted in 2009. (Above: The Presidential couples at the Summit)

The special First Ladies' event will take place immediately following the very formal Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn, when President and Mrs. Obama will formally welcome the Korean First Couple, complete with a 21-gun salute and a Review of Troops. The day of events will end with a State Dinner, the fifth of the Administration.

The East Wing announcement of Mrs. Obama's special event for Mrs. Kim:

As part of the Administration’s activities to welcome the President and First Lady of the Republic of Korea, and Mrs. Obama’s tradition of extending the reach of the State Visit beyond the gates of the White House, Mrs. Obama will invite the Republic of Korea’s First Lady Kim Yoon-ok to Annandale High School in Virginia.

Annandale is home to one of the largest Korean-American communities in the Washington area. Annandale High School’s 2,500 students derive from nearly 90 countries and speak over 50 languages. The school offers an International Baccalaureate program and is known for its musical and theater programs.

Mrs. Obama will deliver brief remarks at the conclusion of a musical performance featuring Jennifer Koh, the World Children’s Choir, and Annandale High School students. Koh was born in Illinois to Korean parents; her mother was born in North Korea, escaped and was a refugee in Seoul where she met her husband before moving to the United States. The World Children’s Choir is comprised of children of many cultures and nations who come together to sing about friendship and peace, while learning how music expresses emotion and creates shared experiences.


*Photo courtesy of Cheong Wa Dae, Office of the President of South Korea

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