Author Lac Su takes home the top prize from the San Diego Book Awards
On June 5, San Diego Book Awards announced the 2010 winners.
The book, explains Su, is largely about his relationship with his father.
Su grew up watching and learning about father-son relationships through television shows like “The Brady Bunch” and “The Cosby Show.”
“I was so amazed at how Dr. Huxtable would give his kids that version of love,” says Su, whose own father was distant, disconnected and, at times, abusive. “I couldn’t get that love from my father, so I hit the streets and found it elsewhere.
My father’s approach to child-rearing was just brutal,” Su continued, “but there is some good in what my father has taught me.”
“The cliché is, you know, I don’t want to be the same ugly father that I had toward my kids,” Su says. “Which is true, but it takes work. My father taught me those behaviors and it’s still ingrained in my personality—the beatings and the hot temper—and now that I have my own children I have to keep myself in check with the frustration that children can bring.”
So far, Su seems to be doing OK in the father department. He skipped the San Diego Book Awards ceremony earlier this month because his wife and kids needed him that night. The absence at the event, though, doesn’t mean he isn’t honored.
“Obviously, I’m very proud,” Su said.