Edwina de Charnace.
Edwina joined the literary branch of MMB Creative in 2021 after completing her MA in East Asian Art History at SOAS.
Edwina is French-Korean and grew up in Tokyo and Hong Kong. She moved to the U.K to study English Language and Literature at Oxford University in 2016. Despite speaking several languages, English, her adoptive literary mother tongue, is the only one she is comfortably e-mail proficient in.
That said, she continues to be surprised by the surprise she elicits when she tells strangers that she is French in a non-French-sounding accent. She is equal parts disappointed and pleased when her accent is called American, and takes comfort in the notion of an ‘international accent’, precisely because its meaning partially eludes her.
In case you missed it, she is somewhat obsessed with the relationships between language and group identity. Having been schooled in Camus and Joyce, she has more recently deepened her connection to her Korean heritage by exploring its contemporary literary scene. She has yet to be told she sounds ‘pretty English’ (whatever that means), and has mixed feelings about the prospect.