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CultureShock! Philippines by Grace Roces, Alfredo Roces

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‘Though they had eyes to see, they saw to no avail; they had ears but understood not; but like to shape in dreams, throughout their length of days, without purpose, they wrought all things in confusion.’—Aeschylus

 

 

 

 

AFTER TWO YEARS IN THE PHILIPPINES, an American Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) wrote to one of his colleagues: ‘I remember how quickly I discovered that people didn’t understand me. The simplest things to me seemed not at all familiar to them. I tried to explain, but the further I got into an explanation, the sillier I looked; suddenly ...

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