That Haunting Atlantic Story You've Been Hearing About: It's "My Family's Slave" by the late Alex Tizon, author and former journalist for The Seattle Times. Tizon's personal essay focuses on his shame and guilt that he and his family owned Eudocia Tomas Pulido, a woman "given" to his mother when she was a girl, who ended up raising three generations of their family. Tizon's family called Pulido "Lola," the Tagalog word for grandmother, which is often used as an honorific term.
Also Read Pulido's 2011 Obituary in The Seattle Times: This piece gives another glimpse into her life here in Seattle and before she was enslaved. The account Tizon gave the Times after Pulido's death is very different from his posthumously-published essay: "She was never angst-ridden and never felt entitled to anything, including happiness. I think that’s one reason she was one of the most peaceful people I’ve ever known.”
Tizon's Essay Is Being Dissected on Twitter: Some excerpts...
.@TheAtlantic This is the same Alex Tizon, who attempts to whitewash his mom's enslavement of a woman in your latest cover story.— ✡️Josh Shahryar ☪ (@JShahryar) May 16, 2017
I don't mean that he should have written a feminist treatise instead. I mean that he doesn't realize Lola is his bio-mother's abused wife.— Sarah Jeong (@sarahjeong) May 17, 2017
She is the parent that gets hit, screamed at, forced to do all the domestic work and childcare while the other parent[s] works outside.— Sarah Jeong (@sarahjeong) May 17, 2017
Cultural context is important-but so is class context. The Phils is one of the most unequal countries in Asia due to its colonial past https://t.co/RAyAfJ5KPD— sukjong hong (@hongriver) May 17, 2017
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