Amazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex, and Revolution in by Vina A. Lanzona

By Vina A. Lanzona

Categorized “Amazons” by means of the nationwide press, ladies performed a principal position within the Huk uprising, the most major peasant-based revolutions in glossy Philippine heritage. As spies, organizers, nurses, couriers, squaddies, or even army commanders, girls labored heavily with males to withstand first jap profession and later, after WWII, to problem the recent Philippine republic. yet in the course of the uncertainty and violence of uprising, those ladies additionally pursued own lives, falling in love, turning into pregnant, and elevating households, usually with their male comrades-in-arms.     Drawing on interviews with over 100 veterans of the move, Vina A. Lanzona explores the Huk uprising from the intimate and collective reviews of its girl contributors, demonstrating how their presence, and the complicated questions of gender, relatives, and sexuality they provoked, finally formed the character of the innovative struggle.  Winner, Kenneth W. Baldridge Prize for the simplest heritage e-book written through a resident of Hawaii, backed via Brigham younger University–Hawaii

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These issues of sexuality and family life led to a radical reconfiguration of revolutionary policies and efforts by the party leadership to extend control over the personal and emotional lives of ordinary Huk members. Chapter 5 brings these issues together, examining the profound transformation these women experienced from ordinary peasants to Huk revolutionaries and the challenges they faced in their postrevolutionary lives. It also reevaluates the decline of the rebellion and the dilemmas the Huks faced because of gender and sexual conflict inside the revolutionary movement.

By the time the war began, her father had become a Huk leader, and within a few weeks he summoned his daughter to join him in the mountains with the other guerrillas. 2 As Huk guerrillas Filomena and Elang soon met one another and other female members like themselves—young, single girls with limited educations, mostly from peasant backgrounds. While most Huk women had never left their villages before the war, they did not lead isolated lives in Central Luzon and traveled within extended kin and village networks.

The freedom enjoyed by the Communist Party was supported by Manuel Quezon’s Commonwealth administration, which believed a united Philippines was needed to thwart Japanese aggression. Although the organizational merger of the two parties came gradually, by 1940 the Left had become a powerful force in the country. The merger also increased the influence of the Communist Party in Central Luzon, where the PKP promoted itself as the “champion of the masses,” who were neglected by the elite interests and politics of the Commonwealth government.

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