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CultureShock! Philippines by Grace Roces, Alfredo Roces

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INTRODUCTION

‘Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you’re riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake up and live!’—Bob Marley

Most Westerners who come to the Philippines are pleasantly surprised to find all the trappings of the American lifestyle visible—Hollywood films, discos, an English-speaking media with a press fond of American journalistic expressions, fast-food chains, supermarkets, five-star hotels, cellphones, computers, Christian churches and credit cards. It’s all familiar.

A delayed shock follows soon after. The Western visitor may find he is speaking the same language but not communicating at all. With a sinking ...

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