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'My Family's Slave: Lola's Story'

Join Professor Jody Blanco of UCSD’s Literature Dept. for a discussion of "My Family's Slave," an essay biography by the Pulitzer Prize–winning Filipino American journalist Alex Tizon in the June 2017 issue of The Atlantic.

It tells the life story of a Philippine woman, Eudocia Tomas Pulido, known in the family as "Lola" who lived with the author's family for 56 years, and helped raise three generations of Tizon’s family.

Tricked into servitude by the author's grandfather during the 1940s, she was “given” at the age of 18 to the author's 12-year-old mother as a personal servant.

After her death in 2011, Tizon repatriated her ashes to her birthplace in the Philippines.

It was Tizon's final published story, following his own death in March 2017.

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ABOUT ONE BOOK, ONE SAN DIEGO:

This event is a part of the One Book, One San Diego community reading program. One Book is a partnership between KPBS, the San Diego Public Library and the San Diego County Library, and the following organizations:

San Diego City College, Hoover High School, San Diego State University's Love Library, University of San Diego's Copley Library, Juvenile Court Book Club, Escondido Public Library, Chula Vista Public Library, Point Loma Nazarene University's Ryan Library, Asociación de Bibliotecarios de Baja California, San Diego Council on Literacy, Oceanside Public Library, UC San Diego Library, Girl Scouts San Diego, Worldview Project, Little Fish Comic Book Studio, Rosa Parks Elementary School, Crawford High School, Wilson Middle School, and Deaf Community Services of San Diego.

One Book is funded by the Linden Root Dickinson Foundation

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