White Pearl And I

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Svetlana Kim was just twenty-three years old when she left Leningrad, Russia, for New York City. During a chance encounter in a bread line, a former schoolmate offered her a plane ticket from the black market to America. With only a dollar in her pocket and no knowledge of the English language, Kim left her family and friends for a new life, just as her great-grandparents had left Korea for Russia nearly a century before. Faced with seemingly insurmountable odds after her arrival in the United States, the ...
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Overview

Svetlana Kim was just twenty-three years old when she left Leningrad, Russia, for New York City. During a chance encounter in a bread line, a former schoolmate offered her a plane ticket from the black market to America. With only a dollar in her pocket and no knowledge of the English language, Kim left her family and friends for a new life, just as her great-grandparents had left Korea for Russia nearly a century before. Faced with seemingly insurmountable odds after her arrival in the United States, the intrepid young woman clung tightly to her memories of her Soviet-Korean grandmother Bya-ok (Korean for "White Pearl"). Inspired by White Pearl's indomitable spirit in the face of tremendous adversity, Kim tirelessly pursued the American dream.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419655746
  • Publisher: BookSurge, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/19/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 298
  • Sales rank: 1,006,292
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Svetlana Kim immigrated to the United States from Leningrad, Russia, in 1991. She worked her way from a cleaning lady to a sales manager and cosmetics executive for Lancôme, Estée Lauder, and Laura Mercier before becoming a successful stockbroker. Today she is an entrepreneur and community leader, and author. Actively involved in such organizations as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, AARP Women's Leadership Circle, Junior League of Washington DC, Asian American Justice Center, and the National Press Club, and a former supporter of Senator Hillary Clinton's fundraising campaign. Svetlana also serves as a Board Member of the Library of Congress, The Asian Division Friends of Society, the National Council of Asian American Business Associations, and the Euro-American Women's Council. Kim is a 2008 Asian Academy Hall of Fame inductee. She shares this acclaimed honor with Norman Mineta, the former Secretary of Transportation and Labor Secretary, Elaine L. Chao. Married, she splits her time between Washington, DC, and San Francisco.
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  • Posted June 17, 2010

    Overcoming to become..

    This is not just an inspirational story; it is a TRUE story of overcoming to become. We all have areas we are working on, and Lana's transparency touches you deeply. As she shares her courage, hope and strength, Svetlana shows she is an incredible woman who has achieved and continues to achieve the seemingly impossible. She started from not knowing any English, no job, and only a dollar in her pocket. Her courage, perseverance, hard work, determination, optimism, and the hope she shares in her book "White Pearl & I" will touch you deeply and change your life. It is a must read!

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  • Posted June 17, 2010

    Unexpected Memoir, Unexpected Life

    Svetlana Kim masterfully painted a vision of an open door to a new life adventure with a loaf of bread that didn't even exist. You can call it coincidence, destiny, fate, kismet-in one moment, lives can collide and change forever. Yet, Svetlana Kim through her writing deliver to us that chance encounters aren't necessarily accidental; in fact, you can make your own luck by opening yourself to the world.

    When it comes to life's unpredictability, Svetlana Kim taught us in her book to always open our self to whatever might be around the corner. Her grandmother's life and wisdom had sprinkles through her like a fairy dust which gave birth to such an inspiring memoir filled with fascinated journeys focus on chance encounters, in which she reveals how unexpected moments that can surprises us, enlighten us, even change our lives, are just a hop, skip, and coincidence away.

    Svetlana Kim's memoir highlights the essence of how life is full of unexpected twists, and it is up to us to decide if we want to be in for more or not.

    Her book opens our eyes to see that every day brings new opportunities, new invitations to see what the universe has in store for us. White Pearl and I had encouraged me to open myself to whatever undiscovered joys may be out there waiting, and to be ready for life-altering moments when they arrive.

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  • Posted June 17, 2010

    Inspiring & motivating- White Pearl & I

    I've had the fortunate opportunity to personally connect with Svetlana, the Author of White Pearl and I. She is so much more than any words I could possibly write. She is, by all accounts, the most inspirational individual I've ever had the honor of meeting. Her character, attitude and outlook on life are absolutely uplifting, all of which are clearly proven in White Pearl & I.

    Lana's story about how she traveled from Russia to America with only $1 in her pocket, is the epitome of a woman determined to create a life for herself that would not allow circumstances or people stand in her way.

    Whether writing, speaking or reaching out to a complete stranger, Lana lives her life by a few simple,most meaningful, words: by "providing value and serving others."

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  • Posted June 12, 2010

    Fascinating and Inspiring

    This is a fascinating true story. We rarely hear about plucky women and men these days, who come to the West with a dollar in their pocket and no English. It reminded me of stories I had heard about immigrants from Europe in the 1800 and 1900's, but this took place not long ago. Svetlana is a Korean/Russian woman did it and through further determination, guts and serendipity, not only survived, but thrived. I won't tell anymore about it - you have to read it!

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

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    Enlightening, Inspiring, Thought Provoking, Incredible

    "White Pearl & I" is a riveting story that is underscored by passion over adversity, kindness over impartialness, survival over disparity, endurance over feebleness, and above all, perseverance over vacillation. It is a validation that perception drives behavior and ultimately your destiny and that uncertainty is not a reason to succumb to what most consider the unmistakably obvious.

    J. A. Rodriguez Jr.
    Author of "Not Intuitively Obvious - Transition to the Professional Work Environment"

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    Posted June 17, 2010

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