Lac Su's 'I Love Yous Are for White People': Embracing the Vietnamese-American Culture

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Embracing Vietnamese-American culture What is it like to be born in one country and then grow up in another where people speak a different language and follow different traditions? And is it easy to grow up in another country where members of the native country pressure one to be "one of their own"? If anyone wishes to find insightful and interesting answers to these questions, one should go no further than read Lac Su's I Love Yours Are for White People. In this book, Lac tells the story of his child- and adolescent-hood, growing up in "urban" Los Angeles as a Vietnamese living with a "traditional" Vietnamese family. As Lac demonstrates in the book, he once was between two worlds, sometimes unable to figure out who he was, and sometimes rejecting one or the other altogether. After going through difficult and painful experiences, Lac learns to embrace his ethnic identity. He realizes that he is a Vietnamese-American who belongs to both cultures. He learns to appreciate his Vietnamese background but also acknowledges that he is partly American because some Vietnamese habits are so uncommon for him. Lac was born in Vietnam and the Vietnamese language and culture were native for him. When he came to the United States, he continued to live with his family where his parents followed Vietnamese traditions, but his surroundings were American and he needed to learn how to live in the new environment by understanding its culture and society. So, Lac was always between two

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