I Love Yous Are For White People: A Memoir by Lac SuI Love Yous Are For White People: A Memoir by Lac Su

I Love Yous Are For White People: A Memoir

byLac Su

Paperback | May 12, 2009

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As a young child, Lac Su made a harrowing escape from the Communists in Vietnam. With a price on his father's head, Lac, with his family, was forced to immigrate in 1979 to seedy West Los Angeles where squalid living conditions and a cultural fabric that refused to thread them in effectively squashed their American Dream. Lac's search for love and acceptance amid poverty—not to mention the psychological turmoil created by a harsh and unrelenting father—turned his young life into a comedy of errors and led him to a dangerous gang experience that threatened to tear his life apart.


Heart-wrenching, irreverent, and ultimately uplifting, I Love Yous Are for White People is memoir at its most affecting, depicting the struggles that countless individuals have faced in their quest to belong and that even more have endured in pursuit of a father's fleeting affection.

Lac Su received a master's degree and Ph.D., A.B.D., in industrial-organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. He is vice president of marketing for TalentSmart, a global think tank and management consulting firm, and he lives in San Diego with his wife and three kids.
Title:I Love Yous Are For White People: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:May 12, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061543667

ISBN - 13:9780061543661


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hard to put down Lac Su looks back on his childhood and writes of his family immigrating from Vietnam to Los Angeles. While having to navigate a large cultural divide, he also had to be wary of his father’s high expectations and easy anger. Lac’s story often saddened and shocked me. I think his writing is strongest when he writes of fear, which he had to face far too often. I didn’t like the epilogue because of the change of tone and how it had to cram so much in.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Informative This is not a big time commitment read or great work of literature. It is this man looking back over significant events or times in his life as he struggles with familial violence, cultural clashes, ghetto violence, and becoming a man. I found it informative and interesting and appreciate that he shares his experience. I'd recommend for those readers wanting to broaden their minds with other's experience.
Date published: 2013-09-24

Editorial Reviews

Moving. . . . Anyone who wonders what obstacles an immigrant must overcome will be fascinated by this assimilation story; Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior complements it nicely.