“Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living with War” by: M. Evelina Galang

The author of this took years to gather her research and to interview 16 Lolas/”Comfort Women”.

The name “Comfort Women” is a subterfuge-y type of misnomer because there was nothing “comforting” about what they went through. During World War II the Japanese soldiers came into their homes, injured and or brutally murdered their fathers, mothers, siblings, husbands, and kidnapped these women to their camps.

The suffering they endured was nothing short of horrific, the detail is accounted for in the book, rapes happened multiple times daily by several different men and this went on for years. Some of the “women” were barely even old enough to be called “woman” yet. Yes, twelve year olds in some cases. Too young to deal with the literal traumas, they were left bleeding, bruised, and scarred for life.

Tying up the women 5 tied together, the others needing to stay quiet and basically just “wait their turn” to get raped. Brutality at its worst.

The number of women this happened to has been estimated upwards of 400.000 women.

Read that again. 400,000.

The ones that did manage to escape and make it back to their families sometimes faced being shunned and cast out by their families who were mourning the loss of their daughters while they were still living.

Their culture basically dictated that they should feel ashamed. The victims of something of this magnitude continue to be victimized by a government that to this day refuses to acknowledge what occurred. They won’t apologize or take responsibility. Even going so far as to try to convince other countries to wipe the incident from *their* textbooks.

The ONLY thing that from a critique aspect that bothered me was the writing style of the author. It pulled me from the story at times because she wrote in all three tenses. She used first, second, and third person writing and it was highly distracting. This may simply be because I myself am a writer, but also could be because I read a LOT, and so it bothered me probably more than it would most readers.

This book is like a call to action; it is even stated by the author she wrote it with the intention of making it be a protest book.

Reading this along with the Radium Girls cases resonated with me because I am so sick of finding out about these travesties being committed on women and then the “men in power” making sure the victims stay victimized, trying to hush them, and trying to deny these events happened.

It is BS and it needs to stop.

We need to learn from the past to make sure that these events don’t happen again in our future.

Quick Facts:

Page Count: 224

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Curbstone Books 2

Expected Publication Date: September 15, 2017

Genre: Biography, History, Nonfiction, True Crime

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