“I Love Yous are for White People” T-Shirts are for Asian People

BcB favorite Lac Su, author of I Love Yous are for White People, is selling an official t-shirt based on his book. Get yours while its hot off the press. Shirts are $20 and the profits go to charity (to help the printers stay on at Giant Robot Magazine and to purchase Asian American studies books at Purdue and Indiana Universities). Peep Lac’s info below explaining the how, why and what’s for obtaining your very own shirt. NOTE: AzN endorses this shirt, the book, and the message behind the shirt, but does not condone or accept the letters “L” or “A” on the shirt, especially the Dodger Blue that adorns Lac’s hat.

People who’ve read my memoir suggested that if I stamp the words “I Love Yous Are for White People” onto a t-shirt, they would totally wear it. Perhaps they connect with the phrase on some level or because they dig my book. Or both.

So, I’ve reached out to some friends who made it happen. Thank you Donnytello Tran from Neaato for drawing the illustration and to Ryan Suda at Black Lava for screening the image onto nice, soft, and comfy t-shirts (i.e. not like the t-shirts you get at the Indo’ Swapmeet). It’s a unisex t-shirt and will hug your bod nicely (i.e. not like the t-shirts that make you feel like you have wings for sleeves).

How to get the t-shirt

Donate: $20.00
Shipping: FREE (domestic – for a limited time)
Optional: $2 more, if you want me to autograph the t-shirt for you. (Didn’t think my signature would cost anything but I am fund-raising.)

Make the check to “Lac Su” and mail to:
Give Me My Shirt
12606 Arabian Way
San Diego, CA 92064

Info I will need from you:

Name, address, size, and note either “sign it” or “your signature is worthless”. Your t-shirt(s) will ship the day after I receive your donation.

Proceeds will go to:

Who: Asian American Network of Indiana’s ImaginAsian art fundraiser

Why (short version):

To purchase Asian American Studies materials for the Purdue and Indiana University libraries.

Why (long version):

Spearheaded by Kate Agathon, this fundraiser serves to bring awareness to Asian American Studies at Purdue University and Indiana University.

Kate is asking for anyone who is interested in creating art in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2010! It is an opportunity for you to create art celebrating the history and contributions of Asian Pacific Americans, donate to a good cause, and have your artwork publicly displayed at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation in West Lafayette, Indiana this spring.

The exhibition is intended to raise awareness and understanding of the Asian American community as articulated through a variety of art including photography, visual, and literary. As an Asian American Studies instructor, Kate’s frustration stems from the lack of available Asian American Studies materials and resources on campus. Her hope is for this fundraiser to help address this crucial need.

Contact Kate at kate.agathon@gmail.com for more info.

Who: Giant Robot Magazine

Why (short version):

To keep the magazine that has been documenting, promoting, and growing Asian and Asian American popular culture since the 90’s in print.

Why (long version): Via Giant Robot’s Website.

For more than 15 years, Giant Robot has been documenting, promoting, and growing Asian and Asian American popular culture. Although a lot has changed since 1994, and there’s more immediate access to interesting stuff from around the world than ever, most of it is still crap and Giant Robot is as relevant as ever. Not only do we share what we think is the most interesting, compelling, or just plain cool aspects of Asian pop culture, but we also shape it and affect how readers in America and other countries perceive Asian, Asian American, independent, and underdog culture. Our distinctive editorial voice and clear sense of purpose has earned a loyal readership that includes academics and punks; old-school Asian activists and new-school bloggers; art fans, moviegoers, music listeners, comic readers, and food fiends; and Asians and non-Asians alike.

While diversification allowed Giant Robot to escape the fate suffered by many of our indie publishing peers in the second half of the ‘00s, 2009 was brutal. In addition to several distributors cutting out small press or folding altogether, paper has become more expensive and postage has skyrocketed exponentially. And while there has also been the support of loyal advertisers, the middle class of supporters has dropped, creating peaks and valleys in income that force us to live issue to issue. Complicating matters, store revenues and art show sales have suffered along with the economy, depriving the magazine of resources that allowed it to operate freely and thrive without the benefit or constraints of being part of a large publishing house.

We have done the math, and an infusion of $60,000 (hopefully more) will ensure another year of full, unfettered operation with no strings attached to a shifting media paradigm, advertising climate, sketchy distributors, and the economy—each of which we are not ignoring but addressing straight-on. In concert with the other measures (not to mention the realignment and recovery of our shops), we feel that Giant Robot’s future and its continuing impact of society will be secure.


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