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Academic Version: Applying my personal experiences and academic research as a professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies to provide a more complete understanding of political, economic, and cultural issues and current events related to American race relations, and Asia/Asian America in particular.

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November 11, 2005

Written by C.N.

Possible New Dodgers GM: Kim Ng

The Associated Press reports that in their search for a new General Manager (the person in charge of making player personnel decisions), the Dodgers have interviewed their current Assistant General Manager, Kim Ng, a Chinese American woman who has been with the Dodgers since 2001 and previously worked for the New York Yankees:

Kim Ng, a vice president and assistant general manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers the past four years, became the first candidate to interview for the team’s vacant GM job. Team spokesman Josh Rawitch said Ng was interviewed Saturday. If hired to succeed Paul DePodesta, she would become major league baseball’s first female GM.

Before joining the Dodgers, the 36-year-old Ng served as vice president and assistant general manager for the New York Yankees from 1998-2001. Ng and Roy Smith, vice president of player development, are handling front-office duties for the Dodgers until a general manager is hired, and will represent the team at the GM meetings, which begin Tuesday in Palm Springs.

You may remember that Ms. Ng was involved in a racial incident in which another executive from the New York Mets mocked her Chinese ancestry and who was eventually fired for his actions.

Admittedly, Ms. Ng is facing an uphill battle, as there are several other General Manager candidates out there who have much more experience than her. Nonetheless, it is encouraging to see that she — as both a woman and as an Asian American — is starting to get the national recognition that she has earned. Even if she doesn’t end up getting the job, it will hopefully be useful stepping stone for her career and future attempts to become a GM.

Update: Not surprisingly, Kim Ng did not get the job of being the Dodger’s next GM. But as the New York Times reports, she is now in the public spotlight and it should only be a matter of time before she makes history and is named as GM for some team:

When Ng learned Monday night that she had finished a close second, she reminded herself what teams always tell players who are sent to the minor leagues: “You’ll be disappointed, you’ll take some time to deal with it, and then you’ll move on.” Ng may eventually realize that this was a painful but necessary first step. Just last year, even the most optimistic women in baseball doubted that they would ever have a chance to run a team. But considering the exposure that Ng received this month, the gender gap has narrowed. At 36, Ng will probably be on shortlists for a long time.


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