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Previously published in 1986, Balikbayan is a collection of short stories written by Michelle Cruz Skinner, articulately depicting contemporary Philippine culture. These are wonderful stories, and they offer rare and timeless insights into the Philippines now and in the recent past. Rare because Michelle Cruz Skinner is a born-and-raised Filipina but also an American, so h ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Bess Press (first published March 1st 2008)
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All of the stories, deep with personality if often simple in its words and description, evoke certain emotions from you as you read your way through the book. Most of them are sad or solemn in some way or another. Not only are they about Filipinos from various backgrounds—but through the backdrops and interactions of the characters within the stories you get a glimpse of the various facets and uniqueness of Filipino culture.

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