Benjamin Long is a graduate of Redlands University and has lived and traveled to North America, Europe, Middle East, and South East Asia. He grew up in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in his teen years. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
“Cultural differences matter: How profoundly they differ and how powerful these differences can be,” recounts Benjamin Long, in his riveting first-hand account of his sometimes hilarious and moving struggle to comprehend and adapt to life in a foreign land.
Mr. Long’s insightful chronicle explores the mechanics — the nuts and bolts — of what makes the American culture unique from any other in the world. He provides a simplified way of grasping an otherwise complex subject, drawing from his personal experiences to show real life examples of the problems that can develop when cultural differences are ignored or underestimated.
Ultimately, Culture Clash is a story of hope, survival, and the human capacity to go beyond the boundaries of entrenched cultural conditioning and self-imposed limitations.
As a writer and independent scholar, Cindy co-edited “A Time to Rise: Memoirs of the Katipunan ng mga Demokratikong Pilipino (KDP) (Union of Democratic Filipinos), recently published by University of Washington Press. Cindy co-authored a story in the book by Mila De Guzman, Women Against Marcos, and traveled to the Philippines in February, 2016, to launch the book.
She has also written articles for Filipinas Magazine, Journal of Asian American Studies and local newspapers and serves as the northwest correspondent for Inquirer.net.
Although Cindy was born in the US, she has continued to keep deep ties with the Philippines, working first in the US to end the Marcos dictatorship and continuing today advocating for peace and democracy in the Philippines. In 2013 and 2016, Cindy was part of international observers teams monitoring Philippine national elections. And in 2014-15, Cindy helped to raise $30,000 for projects in Tanuaun, Leyte in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan.
From 1981-1991, Cindy also led the Committee for Justice for Domingo and Viernes in their successful efforts in exposing the role of the Marcoses and the US in the murders of her brother, Silme Domingo, and his fellow union officer, Gene Viernes.