M. Evelina Galang
Award-winning fiction writer M. Evelina Galang, whose books of stories and novels include Her Wild American Self, One Tribe, and Angel de la Luna and the 5th Glorious Mystery, is here this evening with a powerful, moving, ultimately affirming nonfiction book of testimony, Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living With War (Curbstone/Northwestern University Press). These are sixteen surviving Filipino women, forced as women and girls (among more than 1,000 from The Philippines) to endure sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II.
“This book is the last stand of women who survived the kidnapping and rape that was Japanese army strategy in World War II. Courageous, aged grandmothers tell their stories and show their wounded bodies to M. Evelina Galang as evidence that these crimes occurred. Hopefully, Lolas' House will end denial and get justice, reparations, and a place in the history books for these women and their 400,000 sisters.”—Maxine Hong Kingston.
"A riveting work of profound historical importance, Lolas' House gives lasting voice to the Filipino comfort women—these perishing victims of the Japanese Imperial Army of WW II who wait still for an apology from Japan. This is M. Evelina Galang at her courageous, literary best." —Andrew X. Pham.
Free admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Co-presented with THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY.