White Pearl & I Exhibited at the Library of Congress

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Asian Division of the Library of Congress exhibited Writer’s Digest bestseller White Pearl & I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee by Svetlana Kim, during the Asian American Heritage Month 2010 celebration.

The Asian Division of the Library of Congress has selected White Pearl & I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee by Svetlana Kim for the second annual Asian American Heritage month commemoration. In 2009, Svetlana Kim took the stage to deliver an inspiring keynote address at the first annual celebration. Using White Pearl’s wisdom she told her audience, “We faced every situation with faith, hope, and love."

White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee, focuses on Soviet-Koreans, who have been referred to as "Asian Jews." Joseph Stalin ordered the deportation of nearly 200,000 Koreans, young and old, from their homes in the Far East of Russia to Central Asia in the fall of 1937. He was preparing for World War II and feared that Koreans living in Russia would spy for the Japanese Army. He termed these Soviet-Koreans "unreliable people." Several thousand perished along the 3,700 mile trek to Asia.

This story of 200,000 Koreans who became political pawns during the Great Terror is new to Americans and others around the world. The details of their deportation were banned by the Soviet government for many years. Scholars have only had access to the historic records in the last decade. She is one of the first documented Soviet-Korean refugees to come to America and her book is likely the first book, written as a memoir, about Soviet-Koreans.

A powerful testament to her grandmother, White Pearl, in the struggle of exile and adaptation in a foreign land speaks to the struggle; not only of Asian Americans but of all in pursuit of the values that we hold true as Americans. Kim never gives up hope, sustained by White Pearl’s example. She moves from cleaning houses to selling cosmetics to eventually fundraising for Hillary Clinton, rubbing elbows with some of the most prominent and respected people in America. Her story personifies the American dream: It is the story of an immigrant searching for and finding human kindness in a foreign country, determining her own destiny, and finding success along the way.

In 2008, Kim became an Asian Academy Hall of Fame inductee. She shares this acclaimed honor with Norman Mineta, the former Secretary of Transportation, and with the nation's 24th Secretary of Labor, Elaine L. Chao. Having left the communist world behind, Kim has fully embraced the freedoms of the American political and social system.

“It requires more than soaring prose writing to produce a wonder such as White Pearl & I. Svetlana Kim and her book are one and the same. The passion, willpower, resilience, humor and abiding faith expressed on the pages are the same qualities found in Ms. Kim. Here is a book to remind us all of the powerful call of America across the oceans and to be better people and not take all that we have for granted. I’m a better person because of fellow writer Svetlana Kim.” Commented Ron Powers, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

Today, she is a leader among her peers in the business world, and has been honored with numerous awards citing her commitment, skill, and integrity. In February 2010, Orphan International Worldwide honored her with its Global Citizenship Award for her work towards saving the lives of children in Haiti.

For more information members of the press can contact the author directly at Svetlana (at) svetlanakim (dot) com. White Pearl & I is available for sale online at Amazon.com, BookSurge.com and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.

About Svetlana Kim:
Svetlana Kim is an entrepreneur, International speaker and an award-winning author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee, as well as, stellar community leader.

Kim shares her business acumen and managerial experience by serving on several boards of directors, including: the Asian Division Friends Society of the Library of Congress (Board Vice President, 2007 – present); the Global Advisory Board of the Euro-American Women's Council; the National Council of Asian American Business Associations (East Coast president, 2009 – 2011); the Asian Leaders Association; the Pacific Coast Immigration Museum; and Korean American Women's Chamber of Commerce. She also serves as a steering committee member of the Global Coalition for Korean reconciliation.

Committed to giving back to her local and worldwide community, Kim has donated over 180 hours in eighteen months to the Calvary Women's Services in Chinatown in Washington, D.C. Additionally, she volunteers at the Office of Presidential Correspondence in the White House. Svetlana Kim's passion for helping young Asians achieve their own American dreams fuels her daily work and volunteerism. Married, she splits her time between Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.

Contact: Svetlana Kim, Author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee

202.210.6194 cell
2301 Cathedral Ave., NW, #307
Washington, D.C.20008


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