Amazons of the Huk Rebellion: Gender, Sex, and Revolution in the Philippines

Paperback | March 16, 2009

byVina A. Lanzona

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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

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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...

Vina A. Lanzona is assistant professor of history at the University of Hawai’i–Manoa.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:March 16, 2009Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299230945

ISBN - 13:9780299230944

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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"       
Notes       
Bibliography       
Index   

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“Lanzona traces successfully the role of the Filipina guerilla in relation to the collective Huk movement and explores non-essentialist relationships between men and women, while at the same time restoring the Huk Amazons to their rightful historical legacy. This work, told through the lives of the Huk Amazons, is a valuable contribution to the feminist tradition of women warriors and their families.”—Ana Thorne, Women’s Studies