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How can you tell the difference between Asian Ethnicities based on looks?
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Posted 8/4/07

ldyleifang wrote:


00cristy00 wrote:

Yeah of course you can tell. You just know cause they look it.


I completely agree (I'm Asian as well ^^).



It's harder when you're not around Asians a lot. I live in Washington in a town with about 40% Asian so it got easy for me, but before then I was clueless. Of course I was young too, so that might have more to do with it.
Posted 8/4/07
filipino have dem big ass noses.. w00t.

go pinoys.
Posted 8/5/07
uhmm.i can't tell
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Posted 8/5/07
hmm yeh it's weird...
i'm viet/chinese...but apparently i look jap



i don't get it either

haha
ahh wells
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I've been exposed to many different Asian ethnicities and most of the time I can discern what ethnicity they are if its one of the major ones. It all depends on each individual. When you said, "by looking at them" did you mean when theyre stagnant as in a picture or when they move around with body gestures?

Asian girls are easier to tell apart than the Asian males!!!!!

The easy ones are Japanese...they have VERY distinct body gestures. Also have VERY pale skin sometimes...like Koreans. Also, Japanese girls like to hold their bags hanging from the middle of the forearm when the arm is extended straight forward for some reason....even when the bag seems darn heavy.

Koreans come next, I'd say I can categorize most of them in different categories like flat face, high cheek bones, or puffy face, etc. Im just used to the diff facial shapes. Theyre body gestures are more hard to discern than Japanese.

Chinese is a very tricky one...cus it depends if theyre from the US, China, Taiwan (sry abt peeps who take exception to me including TW peeps here), Indonesia, Singapore, etc....Chinese live everywhere in Asia....so its hard as hell......but I can usually tell the "typical ones"...like the ones from HK.

Vietnamese peeps are hella easy for me since I'm very familiar with the culture and people...males with typically darker skin....and females dark or light skin....its pretty easy....just cant say in words.

Filipinos are pretty easy for me too....not all of them have dark thick eyebrows tho...haha. But yeah, I've met many...typically more curvy bodies on the females than an avg Asian girl has.

Thai GIRLS are easier to spot....Thai guys look like any other SE Asian guy tho.

Extremely hard category goes to the Hmong people, Laotians, Cambodians (altho typically among the darkest skinned of all the Asians), Malaysians....I havent been exposed to these people as much so its hard as hell.

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We can distinguish people but their culture like a US asian have specific manners very different compare with those living in europe. a chinese born in france tend to behave like french.
But when we talk about ethinicity it's not a behaviour, but genetic caracteristics like the shape of the head, nose, mouth, heigh, hair, skin colour, texture (thin skin or thick).
eg.like Japan is compose by many ethnicities those from china with brighter skin, those mongol altai whose women have a bigger chest (like those people in nothern China), and some from pacific island (darker skin color but guy with big muscle).
I don't even talk about China wich is a big mess.

Personnaly, I draw in my lost time, and I can say for the non mix people, with the facial caracteristic, it's a matter of angles and length and nose in South East Asia.

but for mix it's what they chose to be, eg I got two mix friend with the same "combinaison" on say he is chinese and and another one laotian.

PS. malay and people from madacascar look almost the same but the latest have more square face.
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Posted 8/5/07
yeah i can tell based on their last names and accent
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i dont know how, but i just knows
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yeah... it's just the way it is how they look and everything
Posted 8/5/07
I could always tell, they just give out this sort of aura telling me O.o
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Posted 8/5/07
It comes natural for me but sometimes I get confused.
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Posted 8/7/07
Same here I can usually tell the difference between Asian ethnicities but ever since I move to North America a lot of the Asians here are mix so I can't really tell what they are.

Also, I've notice that a lot of the Filipino here can qualify as Hispanics and Latinos.
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lil-chinese-gal wrote:

malaysians .. phillpines... and vietmensese faces are usually darker ...arent they??...when people look at you they will just say are u chinese


so true


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Posted 8/7/07
I've heard that head shape sometimes tells the difference.

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Posted 8/7/07

anime3301 wrote:


lil-chinese-gal wrote:

malaysians .. phillpines... and vietmensese faces are usually darker ...arent they??...when people look at you they will just say are u chinese


so true




not all viets are dark, some are light,
eye shapes also help
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