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03/15/08 6:46 AM ET

Meaningful trip for Dodgers' Ng

Assistant GM 'emotionally attached' to MLB China Series

BEIJING, China -- Kim Ng is a successful woman in a good-ole-boy's world as a Dodgers' vice president and assistant general manager.

She's also of Chinese descent, so she not only can look at this weekend's MLB China Series professionally, but personally.

"And personally, it means quite a lot," she said. "I wish my grandparents were alive to see this."

Ng's grandfather brought the family to the United States in 1952 via Thailand, where they emigrated to during the Sino-Soviet War.

"I'm emotionally attached," she said. "My mom and her siblings came back to China in 1997. They went back to my grandparents' village and brought back things they left behind. So this trip has a different meaning to me."

Ng was 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 last year. The YLF provided an opportunity to enhance the dialogue between the two countries and build lasting economic, geopolitical, and cultural ties among people of both nations.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.