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The US-Asia Institute hosted an Andi Mack Chinese New Year celebration for 300 elementary and middle school students in Chicago to launch the 2018 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

The day included a special screening of an Andi Mack episode, a panel discussion with Andi Mack star Lauren Tom and her son Oliver Kaplan (grandson of USAI Trustee Emeritus Nancy Tom), an award ceremony for the creator of the show, and a demonstration of dumpling cooking and other customs.

A special thank you to Raymond Lee of Golden Country Oriental Foods, LLC for his generous donation for the giveaway bags and to Jade Court Restaurant for demonstrating how to make dumplings.

Special thanks to

President Gary Marsh
Andi Mack Creator Terri Minsky
Lauren Tom
Chrissy Woo

President Kwang-Wu Kim & Faculty Shawn Wax
Vice President, Development & Alumni Relations
Amanda Clayton
Kevin Kantorski
Brice Kanzer
Elise Nenia



OCA (Greater Chicago Chapter)

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See Lauren Tom’s interviews with ABC below:

Highland Park native Lauren Tom discusses road to Disney Channel stardom

‘Andi Mack’ is the No. 1 series on the Disney Channel. Today Lauren Tom, the star who plays Andi Mack’s grandmother, returned to her hometown to speak before nearly 400 Chicago Public School students. “It feels wonderful to come back to Chicago with this kind of reception,” she said.

Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack” star Lauren Tom

Live Broadcast WATCH NOW WATCH LIVE Lauren Tom, a Highland Park native and one of the stars of Disney Channel’s show “Andi Mack,” stopped by WCL to talk about growing up in the Chicago area, her role as Julie on “Friends,” “The Joy Luck Club,” and, of course, her role of Celia Mack, the Mack matriarch on “Andi Mack.”