Keep My Memory Safe, Fook Soo Am, The Pagoda, a Memoir by Stephanie Chitpin, is about grief, doubt, and faith and heroes. Love is not a solo journey. Yes, there are heroes in the world of lost and abandoned children. Professor Chitpin’s memoir will make you laugh, cry, and be swept away by the celebration of love as it exists in real life. Stephanie’s memoir is an inspiration, a truly bright light of valor in the cause of justice. It is about relationships, feelings, betrayals and revelations. What I have lost is part of who I am, and so is what I chose to save. Her heart broke, but it mended. Keep My Memory Safe is about survival as an orphan to becoming a bright star in academia.
No, I have not lost you my Mauritius. No I have not lost you, my Pagoda. That will never be. You are present everywhere, most of all in me. “When you have learned how to live, life itself is the reward”. Sadness, anger, the marginalized. Yes, but overwhelmingly these hard emotions that we read about reflect a self-belief that like Dr. Chitpin, a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa and a Doctorate recipient from the University of Toronto, all of us can ultimately and truly become triumphant, made so much sweeter by the difficulty in achieving it. Her path from A to B was never a straight line. Such courage, compassion and most of all dignity for all of humanity. A truly remarkable book for all to read.
Marvin Zuker, Associate Professor
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, Ontario
Professor Zuker is the author and co-author of numerous books including The Law is NOT for Women with June Callwood and The Law is NOT for Kids with Ned Lecic.