Labeled “Amazons” by the national press, women played a central role in the Huk rebellion, one of the most significant peasant-based revolutions in modern Philippine history. As spies, organizers, nurses, couriers, soldiers, and even military commanders, women worked closely with men to resist first Japanese occupation and later, after WWII, to challenge the new Philippine republic. But in the midst of the uncertainty and violence of rebellion, these women also pursued personal lives, falling in love, becoming pregnant, and raising families, often with their male comrades-in-arms.
Drawing on interviews with over one hundred veterans of the movement, Vina A. Lanzona explores the Huk rebellion from the intimate and collective experiences of its female participants, demonstrating how their presence, and the complex questions of gender, family, and sexuality they provoked, ultimately shaped the nature of the revolutionary struggle.
Winner, Kenneth W. Baldridge Prize for the best history book written by a resident of Hawaii, sponsored by Brigham Young University–Hawaii
About the Author
Vina A. Lanzona is assistant professor of history at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Capturing the Huk Amazons
Chapter 1. Women at War: Huk Women and the Japanese Occupation
Chapter 2. Comrades in Arms: Huk Women, Nationalism, and Communist Revolution
Chapter 3. Women on Top: Amazons and Leaders in the Huk Movement
Chapter 4. Love and Sex in the Time of Revolution: Men-Women Relations in the Huk Movement
Chapter 5. Amazons in the Unfinished Revolution
Appendix 1. Politburo Exhibit, I-38: Marriage Contract
Appendix 2. Politburo Exhibit I-15: "The Revolutionary Solution of the Sex Problem"
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