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Lolas' House: Filipino Women Living with War

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  48 reviews
During World War II more than one thousand Filipinas were kidnapped by the Imperial Japanese Army. Lolas’ House tells the stories of sixteen surviving Filipino “comfort women.”

M. Evelina Galang enters into the lives of the women at Lolas’ House, a community center in metro Manila. She accompanies them to the sites of their abduction and protests with them at the gates of
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Paperback, 280 pages
Published September 15th 2017 by Curbstone Books 2
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Michael
This is a very moving account of the author’s collection of first-person stories of Filipina women who were subject to sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War 2. The stories themselves takes a lot out of the reader, but the healing effect of having them heard after 60 years of being buried in their souls was so uplifting the experience. That the institutionalized brothels of “comfort women” by the Japanese military involved kidnapping, rape, and effective slavery for more t ...more
Ann Girdharry
I received an ARE of this book from NetGalley. This is my honest review.

We are immersed in paragraphs and passages which describe Filipino women's memories of their experience during the Second World War, when the Filipines was invaded by the Japanese.
We read of abductions into sexual slavery, the witnessing of atrocities against their family members, the witnessing of rape and torture of other women and young girls in the 'camps' set up by the invading Japanese army.

The author is a researcher
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Kate
Content Warning: This book contains explicit descriptions of rape and torture that could be triggering to some survivors.

Lolas' House is part history book, part memoir, and part biography. Eveline Galang interviews sixteen women who survived imprisonment as Japanese "comfort women" during World War II. These "women" were most often young girls, barely teenagers, stolen off the streets while running errands with siblings. They watched as parents, siblings, and spouses were tortured and murdered b
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Glaiza
A searing account from sixteen Filipina survivors of the war crimes committed by the Imperial Japanese Army against them.

Cont'd on the blog: https://paperwanderer.wordpress.com/2...
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Donna Davis
During World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army forced over 400,000 women into sexual slavery; though the Korean comfort women have been recognized for a long time, the survivors in the Philippines lived with the trauma and appalling social stigmatization for decades, unheard. Recently 173 of them, now very elderly, filed suit against the Japanese government. This collection includes interviews with 16 Filipina women whose lives were ruined by this atrocity. Thanks go to Net Galley and Northwest ...more
Maria
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Lolas’ House is a book of protest and personal narratives by lolas (grandmothers) who vividly describe the abduction, torture and rape they experience during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War 2.

When Evelina Galang started her research back in 1999, she mentions staying at a dorm in St. Scholastica’s College. This was the school I went to in ’99. I was in fourth grade. She mentions protesting with the lolas during the time when the streets were flooded with “ERAP, RESIGN” po
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Annika (whatannikareads)
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A tough read to get through but an important one. I thought it was just going to be testimonies of the 16 women who were raped by Japanese soldiers during WWII, but I like that Galang also gave the context of collecting these stories. It bounces between different years of the process of creating this book, and so we get breathers between the heavy information that the lolas provide. It's important that we read stories like this in order to keep these lolas' message alive although many have passe ...more
plzdntdie
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, this is everything. It is heartbreaking and gut wrenching. I had to stop and take a break from it so many times because the description of all the violence these women endured was too much. It is hard to say this book is excellent giving the content but it gives the women who give their testimonies a chance to expel all that their bodies have endured and they run with it. Everyone should read this so that we may never forget them.
tala
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
heartbreaking to know that most filipinos are unaware of the true horrors of what happened to comfort women :( “know history, know self. no history, no self.”
Linda
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
During WWII, invading Japanese troops forced an estimated 400,000 girls and women into the hard life of their “comfort women.” After the war, most of the female survivors were shamed or ashamed of the multiple rapes, degradation, and injuries inflicted on their bodies and souls. In the 1990s, by the time they had become lolas (grandmothers), a handful of the surviving Filipino women told their stories publicly for the first time. They also sued the Japanese government and demanded a formal apolo ...more
Kristine
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Lolas' House by M. Evelina Galang is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-September.

This book has been a loooong time coming - ever since Galang began her interviews with the 'lolas' (a sweetened term for an elder female or grandma) in 1999 while studying abroad in Manila with St Scholastica, all sixteen of their stories (of violence, being wrongly decried as 'kura' [civilian spies working with the Filipino rebellion], constant sexual assault under the guise of them being 'comfort women' (r
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Alisha S
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this book a 5 star rating. This is because the amount of work and thought put into this story is extremely well done and still relevant to this day. I personally found this book to be shocking, but the truth is uncomfortable to read, but necessary to understand the depth of courage these women had to rise up to. The POV of these women were interesting to read, to see the challenges they had to face in their lives made me rethink my own and understand that others have it worse than me. ...more
Matthew
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lola's House was gritty in detail. Every moment that Galang spent with the Filipino women was an eye-opening story. Galang put herself into a place of unwantedness but managed to bring the events together. Her writing techniques and styles of writing were her own especially the bold text for the interviews. She tried to send a message of how women are terrorized and used against their own will. Even today, rape is still a problem. Now however, women are starting to come forward and talk about wh ...more
Brandon Kintish
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great read. M. Evelina Galang does not just re-tells the story of the Lolas, but she paints the picture of what was happening in the moment. She vividly described the Lolas' reactions and feelings when describing with pure detail of their pasts during time of war. The scenes of rape and murder were all present, and in a sense, these elements are presented in today's society still. Many people are coming forward with accusing people of rape, and it is interesting to see all of thes ...more
Jared
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Evelina's writing style and thought it was very unique and descriptive. I thought Evelina did a great job of conveying the pain the Lolas went through during WWII. Her in-depth descriptions and the way she involved both the reader and herself in each situation really worked well. Each story has starts off with a description of the setting of where Evelina and the Lolas are when they start telling her their experiences. Their stories are heartbreaking but must be told so that we ...more
Ram
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Chris McKevitt
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Evelina's Lola's House was a great read and extremely valuable as it taught more than just Evelina's experiences with the Lolas themselves had to offer. The book was a great exposition of literature of witness, it taught the reader just as much about Evelina, as it did about the Lolas. While I usually wouldn't read this on my own, I was asked read this book for an English course. What seemed to me as something I didn't necessarily have too much interest in, turned into an amazing page turner and ...more
Dylan
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was an interesting read. While on the surface the books seems to be about Filipino comfort women, it reality it is more about Galang herself and how she related to their stories and how it affected her. Galang's use of imagery makes the stories being told feel like they're playing out in front of you. The themes of rape are still prevalent today; as of writing this review there is a national conversation in the U.S. regarding rape and consent. Unfortunately, I personally don't have much of an ...more
Joaquin
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Galang’s “Lola’s House” is a harrowing account of sixteen different lolas who came forward as comfort women in search for justice.

Her writing is vibrant. She sprinkles trinkets of stream of consciousness throughout the book and sets the reader up to step into the accounts of these lolas.

The book is chilling. Explicit accounts of violence and rape paint the landscape of the unequal structures that are at play. Days after reading, I still shudder at the slightest thought of the accounts.

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Elan
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Evelina told the story of the survivors. However, she told her story through the stories of the survivors. When I first picked up this book I never knew about "comfort women". Evelina described every scene so perfectly. I recommend this book, because it is a recorded historical account of an atrocious historical event. Many authors wrote about the holocaust to immortalize the survivors stories. Evelina writes of the Lola's stories to immortalize them. These survivors had children and have legacy ...more
Joy Mohr
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lola's House is an inspiring and insightful novel about Filipina women who were subjected to rape and torture by the Japanese soldiers during WWII. Galang captivates the reader's heart by using the first-person perspective to retell the story of the Lolas.

This novel demonstrates the different writing techniques of literature, focusing on engaging the reader through descriptive story telling rather than objective speaking. Galang demonstrates this by using the first-person perspective, dialogue,
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An Nguyen
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I find it interesting about the fact that Eveline Galang actually came back to her country and found every Lola she could to learn more about the history of her home country Phillipines, specifically how Filipino women, even young girls like her used to be treated when the Japanese invaded through their own stories and how it affected her emotionally. The book has really drawn a bigger picture of how mistreated these women were, what they had to gone through to finally live a peaceful life to no ...more
Har Patel
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book is a great way for one to connect back to their own family lineage and look back to see exactly how they have came to be. I actually went back to research my grandparents after being inspired and found out a lot and cannot be more thankful to be alive to write this post today. It takes time to inspire those and be thankful for the those who were before you. The book also has a great way of connecting and showing how history repeats itself. Just as in the book the Lola's were raped and i ...more
Jenn Cayanan
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book to pieces. The first paragraph made me cry. As a Pilipina American, I felt every raw emotion and story each lola had to tell. Anger for the injustice these comfort womyn in the Philippines and all over the world(Korea, China and etc.) who had to go through this in war. Sadness for these lolas at ages as young as 11 had to lose their innocence and childhood to horrible and cruel men. Their stories had enter my body, they entered my soul, and as someone who identifies as a Pilipi ...more
Kaley Nhu
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Throughout the novel, Galang wrote about the journey of the comfort women through World War II. She explains in painful details the suffering that these women had experienced. She wrote a story that needed to be told. This novel reveals the culture of rape that is unfortunately still present. People should read this novel to see the torment and torture that these women and people today have experienced. How they have lost a piece of themselves. This is a novel that will be relevant for a long ti ...more
Ben Snouffer
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Allen
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Lisa
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, it gives you perspective on people's experiences that are often untold. The book illustrates the lives of the Lola's, something that I didn't have any knowledge about and I think majority of people have little knowledge about. It made me appreciate my life and realize that rape culture is very much alive and prevalent in today's culture. ...more
Dylan
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
While this book does not particularly appeal to me I understand the purpose for writing it. Some stories are meant to be told and I think this is one of them. This is a story of pain and suffering, but more importantly resilience and courage in the face of extreme hardship. Galang spares no detail for the sake of political correctness and is very literal in her language.
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