by Greg Hugh
In the spirit of full disclosure and complete transparency, I am letting you know that I am writing this as a proud grandfather By Greg Hugh
after several staff writers had schedule conflicts. This is an article about Lauren Hugh’s career development and ultimately decided that I was actually the most qualified to write about her. Naturally, I need to refrain from being overly biased in reporting the facts here since there is a good possibility that some of this material may make it into a future issue of Playbill!
Lauren’s first exposure in the spotlight occurred when she was only 2 years old -- she appeared in an ad for Huggies Diapers (See front page) and ironically, she was posed sitting at a piano, an instrument she learned to play later. Her grandmother Linda (my wife), had heard about a casting call for models, so Lauren’s mother, Patty, took her for an audition and she was selected. Did Kimberly-Clark have a premonition of Lauren’s future?
Looking back on her childhood, Lauren along with her older sister Megan, loved to put on shows and perform since they always had a captive audience, their family. While she may have enjoyed an average childhood raised in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, she managed to earn a black belt in Tae Kwon Do classes she took with her father, Brian. Because she loved to sing, her mother decided to enroll her into the Chanhassen Dinner Theater (CDT) summer musical theatre camp when she was only 8 years old. At first, Lauren resisted; but now admits that had she not gone to those camps, she would probably not be in theatre today.
By Greg Hugh
Although only 17 years old, Andrew Moy has been performing in local theater since he was 8 years old. Moy is now starring in his 10th play at the Stages Theatre in Hopkins. “Shrek the Musical” is a rousing fairy tale adventure of an ogre-turned-unlikely-hero who galumphs onto the main stage. This Tony Award-winning musical is based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film. A wise-cracking donkey, a feisty princess, a short-tempered villain, a cookie with an attitude and dozens of fairy tale misfits stir up the kind of muddled mayhem that calls for a real hero. Fortunately, Shrek is on his way!
By Greg Hugh
What does a child adopted from China by an American couple experience as they grow up in the U.S.? The idea for this article was proposed by Ming Tchou, founder of the Chinese Heritage Foundation, whose mission is to preserve and promote, through grant making, the understanding of Chinese history, culture, and heritage among all Minnesotans. Tchou thought it would be interesting to get a perspective from such a child, so she and I selected Summer Ahern to be the subject of this article
Summer was adopted by Will and Beth Ahern, residents of Chanhassen, in 1999 when she was 15 months old.
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a month that celebrates and pays tribute to the contributions generations of Asian Pacific Americans have made to American history, sciences and culture.
Like most commemorative months, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month originated in 1978 when Congress passed a law directing the president to issue a proclamation designating the week beginning on May 4, 1979, as Asian Pacific American Heritage Week. On March 28, 1979, President Jimmy Carter issued Presidential Proclamation 4650, which highlighted the significant role Asian Pacific Americans have contributed to American society.
The name Chang Wang should be familiar to China Insight readers. Wang was the recipient of the Council of Asian-Pacific Minnesotans’ Asian Pacific Leadership Award, the University of Minnesota “China 100” Distinguished Chinese Alumni Award, and the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Diversity in Business Award in 2015.
He also has been a regular and consistent contributor to this publication since 2013. His articles – “Dancing with the Dragon” (November 2015-January 2016), “Doing Business with China and the Chinese People” (January-June 2015), “Last Lecture” (January and October 2014), “Living within Parallel Universes” (February and March 2016), “Luckiest Generations” (April-September 2016) to name a few – offer depth and insight into the Chinese psyche and social norms.