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What If We Treated Strangers Like Family?

Seven affectionate terms Peruvians use for passersby

Sculpture of two people embracing and kissing
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Let’s say your mom breaks your favorite cup. You would be angry, right? But you probably would use a firm, though not unkind tone to express your displeasure. You might even keep a lilt of love in your voice. Peru is a very family-centered culture, and this familial treatment extends to strangers…

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MJ Adia

MJ Adia

Black-Filipina. Lived in Peru for 5 years. LICSW, dancer, meditator. Writes about multiculturalism, cinema, race, social issues.

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