The Phillipines and Their Third World Status

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Running head: THE PHILIPPINES’ AND THEIR THIRD WORLD STATUS

The Philippines’ and their 3rd World Status
Latrice Jones
Professor Davis 27 CT 2012

The Philippines’ and their Third World Status
The country that I have chosen to research is the Philippines, by definition a third world country is the underdeveloped nations of the world, especially those with widespread poverty, the group of developing nations, especially of Asia and Africa, that do not align themselves with the policies of either the U.S. or the former Soviet Union. The minority groups within a nation or predominant culture. (dictionary.com) Therefore by definition the Philippines would be considered third world. My reasoning for researching this particular country is because I had the pleasure of visiting this country and it just amazes me how here in America having a middle class status here, you would be considered as upper class in the Philippines. Before visiting the Philippine I was given specific instructions on how to keep my belongings safe while visiting because there would be people at the airport waiting to make tourist victims, by stealing from them. So I want to know if their third world status causes such dishonesty in the residents of this country. These nations also tend to have high rates of illiteracy, disease, and population growth and unstable governments. But as an American we too have high rates of illiteracy, disease and unstable government, so what distinguishes the U.S. from the Philippines? So during my research of this country, I expect to find some answers to these questions and also expect to find exactly what sets a third world country apart from one that is not considered third world. What has been done differently in our country that has not been done in the Philippines? What can be done to wipe this status away from this country and what can be done to prohibit the U.S. from gaining such...
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