I Love Yous Are for White People


As a young child, Lac Su made a harrowing escape from the Communists in Vietnam. With a price on his father's head, Su, 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. Su'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. At once a coming-of-age story and a candid meditation on poverty, immigration, and multicultural identity, I LOVE YOUS ARE FOR WHITE PEOPLE is an often humorous, irreverent, and heart-wrenching look at Su’s efforts to transcend the confines of circumstance. 


Listen to Lac Su on New America Now, New America Media's public radio program


Watch I Love Yous are for White People: The Making of a Memoir, a short documentary by Steve Nguyen  


North American publisher: HarperCollins

Foreign rights: HarperCollins, Carolyn Bodkin (carolyn.bodkin@harpercollins.com)

Film rights: Gillian MacKenzie (gmackenzie@gillianmackenzieagency.com)


“Lac Su is a survivor of things so harrowing that just recounting some of those experiences, even from the distance of a keyboard tapping out a review of his memoir, I Love Yous Are for White People, makes the heart wince… Words are ultimately what save Su. Now with this debut, those words are ready for a much-deserved audience.”—Terry Hong of The San Francisco Chronicle

“It’s a harrowing story, but told with heart, humor, and wisdom.”—Susan Henderson of LitPark

“Haunting, brutal . . . From molestation and abuse to gang banging and armed robbery, [Su] spares no detail in his memoir—and he doesn't regret sharing any of it.”—Natalie Fischer of The San Diego Union-Tribune

“[A] moving first memoir . . . Anyone who wonders what obstacles an immigrant must overcome will be fascinated by this assimilation story.”—Lynne C. Maxwell of Library Journal

"The best memoirs trace not only the writer's personal evolution, but also give the reader an insider's view into history. That's the case with Su's account of his family's escape from Vietnam and subsequent resettling in a gang-ridden pocket of Los Angeles.” — Elizabeth Larsen of Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Su offers excellent storytelling with keen psychological insight.” —Francisca Goldsmith of School Library Journal