Galang enters into the lives of the surviving women at Lolas’ House, a community center for comfort women’s organizing in metro Manila. She accompanies them to the sites of their abduction and protests with them at the gates of the Japanese embassy. In Lolas’ House, each woman gives her testimony, even though the women relive their horror at each telling, they offer their stories so that no Filipina, no woman anywhere, should suffer wartime rape and torture again.
Lolas’ House is not only a book of testimony and documentation, it is a book of witness, of survival, and of the female body. Intensely personal and globally political, it is the legacy of Lolas’ House to the world.
"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, author of Catfish and Mandala and The Eaves of Heaven
“An extraordinary book, Lolas’ House will historically endure as a beautifully written record of collective survival and struggle among women against male sexual violence.” —Caroline Norma, coauthor of The Japanese Comfort Women and Sexual Slavery during the China and Pacific Wars
"In her fourth and most stunning book, Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living With War, M. Evelina Galang unwaveringly records the full-bodied lives, the heartbreaks, and the resilience of sixteen comfort women from the Philippines during World War II. The stories of the lolas’ survival and their love of living and others bring about the commanding power of who the women are. Their stories are huwes de kutsilyo—justice by knife. Remember their stories. Let them knife, split, open you up—and with mercy, let them enter your bodies, so that we may never forget." —Melissa Sipin, Hyphen magazine
"M. Evelina Galang contributes powerful evidence for a war crime that has been structurally overlooked and downplayed. And most importantly: she gives the Filipina victims a powerful voice." —Griselda Molemans, investigative reporter
"Galang dances, literally dances, around the main narrative of testimony. She dances with her dalagas and with the lolas, and tells us so. Despite their pain, there is still joy in the lolas’ world. And in providing relief for themselves, they provide relief to the reader so that we can push on through their testimonies. So that we right the wrong. So we see justice done. Lolas’ House is the first collection of direct personal testimonies from Filipina survivors to join the canon of comfort woman literature... Now, with Galang’s important contribution, the lolas’ voices are on record. The lolas are now dying in their old age, but with Lolas’ House, Galang ensures their stories stay alive by recording them in history." —Christine Hyung-Oak Lee, Miami Rail