The Crucible

The Crucible

An Autobiography by Colonel Yay, Filipina American Guerrilla

Book - 2010
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Rutgers University Press

On December 8, 1941, as the Pacific War reached the Philippines, Yay Panlilio, a Filipina-Irish American, faced a question with no easy answer: How could she contribute to the war?

In this 1950 memoir, The Crucible: An Autobiography by Colonel Yay, Filipina American Guerrilla, Panlilio narrates her experience as a journalist, triple agent, leader in the Philippine resistance against the Japanese, and lover of the guerrilla general Marcos V. Augustin. From the war-torn streets of Japanese-occupied Manila, to battlegrounds in the countryside, and the rural farmlands of central California, Panlilio blends wry commentary, rigorous journalistic detail, and popular romance.

Weaving together appearances by Douglas MacArthur and Carlos Romulo with dangerous espionage networks, this work provides an insightful perspective on the war. The Crucible invites readers to see new intersections in Filipina/o, Asian American, and American literature studies, and Denise Cruz's introduction imparts key biographical, historical, and cultural contexts to that purpose.

Book News
In this rousing and colorful memoir, Panlilo recounts her experiences as a leader of the Philippine resistance against the Japanese occupation during the Second World War. Despite the author's literary skills and public acknowledgement of her wartime accomplishments, this book was lost in the flood of war memoirs when it originally came out in 1950 and had been out of print for a half century. Although Panlilo's portrayals of Japanese and of the indigenous people of the Philippines are problematic by today's standards, this new edition provides a unique perspective on the war in the Philippines--as well as an exciting tale--that will be welcomed by many readers. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780813546827
Characteristics: xxix, 320 p. ; 24 cm


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