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White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee

White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee

by Svetlana Kim

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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 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
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Svetlana Kim, Speaker, Author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee, co-author of The Last of the Four Musketeers: Allen Joe's Life and Friendship with Bruce Lee, and consultant.
Svetlana is a host of the Radio Show called "To The Stars Through Adversity." Please visit author's website at

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