Alex Tizon's narrative "My Family's Slave" is a heartwarming and enlightening story that one should read at least once during his life. He was a well-known Filipino-American author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who specialized in creative nonfiction. This narrative tackles the rocky life of Eudocia Tomas Pulido, a Filipino lady known as "Lola" in the hands of the author's family, who stayed with them for 64 years as a slave who was always unpaid, yet in the end, Alex paid back to her as he realized how she successfully raised three generation after generation of their family. As I read this, I vividly imagined all of the events and completely visualized the situations and feelings upon it. My different emotions arose as I encounter this text.
Evidently, the theme of the story is about the unconditional love and concern a 'katulong' or slave could give to his masters despite of some hardships, and the remarkable worth it could forever leave even in one of the family members.
Human servitude, as we all know, is a contemporary affliction that is sometimes veiled or rationalized as cultural norm. However, Alex demonstrated in this story how we must understand, respect, and accept them as human beings and provide them with the things they deserve after all those pity sacrifices and lifelong dedication of serving them.
In terms of the story's format, I'd say it's a creative non-fiction piece because Alex, the author, was always present and active throughout the work, both on the pages and behind the scenes. As we can see, he possesses a sense of self-awareness and self-motivation. Furthermore, as he retells the event, we can see how he used both the memoir form and personal essays to convey it, and he didn't just offer pithy quips. But rather, he used craft and strategies to immerse us, the reader, in his own personal life. The author also made used of descriptive languages to elicit responses from our senses. He also utilized the braiding approach to entangle the data and some of his insights. And mesages were resented vividly like we shouldn't underestimate slaves, instead, we must let them feel the love and freedom they also deserve.
Indeed, there's no doubt why this narrative became one of his most famous publications just days after his death because it exhibited good form, tactics, and topics of actual Filipina experiences, particularly slaves in our country. The unconditional love that a Filipino family has for its members, even if they are not biologically related, was also communicated. Despite the fact that it is a bit long, I certainly believe that it is absolutely worthwhile to read.