" 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,
Author of The Woman Warrior
" A riveting work of profound historical importance, Lolas’ House gives lasting voice to the Filipino comfort women—these perishing victims of the Imperial Japanese Army of World War 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
" Lolas' House gives voice to the Filipina comfort women whose stories we must allow to enter our bodies. It is in letting our tears flow and our hearts break that we also share the lolas' pleas for all wars to end. M. Evelina Galang has given us a beautiful gift borne of her desire to seek justice for the lolas, and for us to receive the gift of healing through storytelling. "
Author of Back from the Crocodile’s Belly
" This work is a monument to the Lolas and to the power of their protest; it is their message to the world about how to be truly human. M. Evelina Galang brings us into the Lolas’ House, and we feel them in our hearts. "
Public Artist and Curator of Songs for Women Living with War
" An extraordinary book, Lolas' House will historically endure as a beautifully written record of collective survival and struggle among women against male sexual violence. "
Author of The Japanese Comfort Women and Sexual Slavery during the Pacific and China Wars
" M. Evelina Galang contributes powerful evidence for a war crime that has been structurally overlooked and downplayed. And most important, she gives the Filipina victims a powerful voice. "
Author of A Lifetime of War
" Lola’s House is an unprecedented work of testimony and witness. "
" The strength, courage and perseverance of these women is, truthfully, sort of life changing. Crimes against women are still under-reported and often go unrecognised. This is a book that shines a light in a dark place. "
" Galang provides the testimonies of the lolas in their own words, giving voice to the victims, giving them ownership over the language of rape. "
" It is a work of documentation, a vehicle of witnessing, and an archive of war stories with testimonies of strong, fearless elders. "