When Alex Tizon was a small child in the 60s, he moved with his family from the Phillipines to the US along with the family’s domestic servant, Lola. It was not until Tizon was nearly a teenager that he realized that Lola was not employed as a servant by his parents…she was a slave.
Her name was Eudocia Tomas Pulido. We called her Lola. She was 4 foot 11, with mocha-brown skin and almond eyes that I can still see looking into mine — my first memory.
by Ana Sofia Knauf Screenshot from Twitter 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 o...
This week, it seemed the entire internet had something to say about The Atlantic’s latest cover story, written by the late Filipino-American journalist Alex Tizon. Tizon’s personal essay, which detailed his life with a woman he firs...
Enslavement is a process, not an identity. The use of the word “slave” obscures that fact.
This week, we published Alex Tizon’s essay “My Family’s Slave,” about the woman he knew as Lola: Eudocia Tomas Pulido, who was enslaved and treated cruelly by his family, and who raised him and whom he loved.