Modern-Day Slaves: Filipina Labor Trafficking Survivors Tell Their Own Stories

05/26/2017
Lena Solow
Broadly

The internet was abuzz last week when the late Alex Tizon's piece "My Family's Slave" appeared in the Atlantic. Spanning Tizon's whole life, the article told his version of the story of Eudocia "Lola" Tomas Polido, a woman his family enslaved, first in the Philippines and then in the United States. Though some found the piece resonant, praising it as a courageous personal exploration, critics were quick to point out that Tizon seemed to be absolving himself of culpability, and also taking away Eudocia's agency: This was her story told through him.