Artist book of selected newspaper clippings from 1910-30s newspapers documenting the portrayal of Filipino women in the media during the Territory of Hawai’i days, when Filipino men imported to work on the sugarcane plantations outnumbered Filipina women about 7 to 1. Whether victims or perpetrators of these “crimes”, we must read closely to consider the surrounding pressures and contexts these women found themselves in. For the woman who kidnaps a white baby, who practices traditional medicine, or tries to commit suicide: what is her version of the story? These clippings offer historical perspective on the problems facing our community today: high rates of domestic violence, mental health issues, sex trafficking, and the ways in which Filipina women continue to be over-sexualized in the media.
Featured in Contact 2019: Acts of Faith exhibition at Hawaii Mission Houses as well as Regenerate! Book Arts of Hawaii at Donkey Mill Art Center.