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1. Commit to good communication. A lot of misunderstanding will likely happen simply because you probably have a different world view. Ask questions like, “What did you mean when you said that?” and “Why do you feel that way?” and be open to their answer being equally valid as yours.
2. Research as much as you can about their home country in terms of traditional views of marriage and spousal roles and expectations, extended family dynamics, traditional financial habits. This is important especially if you as a Filipino are expecting to send money to your family back home.
3. If you are the Filipino and the person you’re in a relationship with is an American, the biggest differences you have will probably come more from the fact that you are opposite genders! Filipinos are very familiar with American culture. But they might need help understanding Filipino culture. (You can send them links to funny but informative videos about that.)
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