Food Production

Shin-Seiki (Bagong Araw-New Era)October 1942

Filipinas Heritage Library

Filipinas Heritage Library
Makati, Philippines

In the war, women were responsible for producing food for everyone, including the occupying forces, while the men were out fighting. Women farmed, cooked, and thought of ways to stretch the meager resources through food preservation. The domestication of women was celebrated and encouraged in wartime Japanese magazines: It is said that “Soldiers move on their stomach” and so will the heart of a husband be won when the wife is a good cook. "To be able to prepare palatable dishes using local materials is a task assigned to women – Filipino Women. To learn the fine points in culinary art is to make yourself, your home and your country happy and prosperous"


  • Title: Food Production
  • Creator: Shin-Seiki (Bagong Araw-New Era)
  • Date Created: October 1942
  • Location Created: Manila, Philippines
  • Type: Photograph (magazine reproduction)
  • Medium: Photography
  • Depicted Topic: Filipino civilians in WW2; food production in WW2

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