My Pearls in Shanghai tells the beautiful story of author's journey from a young adult struggling to find her path to a grown, successful woman who has learned who she is. The way she explores her experiences and memories to correlate with social issues corroborate her viewpoint that arts can be far away from reality. Her education in Switzerland and China expanded her capacity of cultural tolerance arising from different ethnics. A variety of people she met, talked to, and shared her feelings with in two countries were well-melt into her memoir. The core value of Song's essays lies in how to find one's uniqueness instead of being dissolved in the voice of others. This self- discovery journey brought the conclusion that human desire is the essence of the soul, which could give the life purpose. Her memoir covers not only the cultural and artistic experience she discovered in Shanghai but also what the meaningful life is all about. Each chapter in this memoir deals with empirical philosophy.
Paperback: 260 pages
Publishing date: March 1, 2019
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
Price: $19.60 (paperback) $7.99 (e-book)
Marianne Song is an essayist who strives to reproduce the feelings and memories with poetic images through English instead of her mother tongue, Korean to convey her raw emotions as honestly as possible, otherwise might be fabricated by self-consciousness. A memoir My Pearls in Shanghai is her first published book. Currently, she is working as a writer and English instructor in Jeju Island, Korea with an unwavering belief that someday her angst and hardships could be transformed into artistic treasure in the same way the natural wonders of Jeju were made from volcanic eruption. Whenever facing a big challenge, she quietly whispers to herself ‘Don’t be afraid, follow your heart.’