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Post Reply Filipinos Abroad: Do you ever get mistaken for another nationality and not as filipino?
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Posted 7/11/12
yeah, but i think it's cause i 'act' nerdy or something. normally filipinos here in america are "cool" or they know how to speak tagalog. annnndddd i only understand bits here and there.

i also think it's cause i do my makeup differently? to be honest i think i look pretty filipino but i notice most filipinas use a lot more eye makeup (which looks good on them, just not me for some reason).

i don't dislike the way i look but when i walk around with my kid (who looks super japanese, pale skin, too) people don't think i'm her mother. like, they ask, 'oh you babysitting today?' or 'is she your sister?'
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Posted 7/18/12 , edited 7/18/12
Too many Times I've been mistaken as a Mexican because of the loss of Southeastern Asians where I live.
3/4 of the time I am called Mexican, 1/4th I am called Chinese.

However, I was surprised when one day a guy in my student council asked if I was Filipino, and I was like. FINALLY, SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS! However, do not be mistaken, I may not have Mexican Blood, but I have bits of Spanish in me, Also a Small but better amount of Chinese. And about Half of the time you spend with me you might notice that my eyes can become really small and "Chinese" like. But, the community these days accept me as "Normal." America has developed a strange view on people...I also have a bit of an English Accent(Blended in with a slight Asian way of talking)
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Posted 7/27/12
I get mistaken for polynesian, korean, vietnamese, japanese, italian, middle eastern, and egyptian. o.o
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Posted 7/31/12
YES! Mainly, Chinese maybe coz of my eyes and stuff xD
Sometimes Vietnamese & Japanese...
OHwells, I got used to it somehow. xD
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Posted 7/31/12
yeah, all the time-_-
it is such a pain in the ass when you go into the store and a kabayan came and talked to you in english, others hesitated to talk to you cause they were unsure on how to approach you
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Posted 8/6/12
People think im mexican XD
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Posted 9/1/12
what I used to be young and had fair complexion, they mistake me for chinese. It can't be helped my father's side had chinese ancestors.
when I started getting more of a natural filipino tan, someone mistook me as hispanic. But I can't blame them, mother's side ancestors are filipino-hispanic. :x
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Posted 9/26/12
I have a lot of incidents where people from different ethnicity speak in their language which I can't understand. Probably Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Thai...
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Posted 10/2/12
When I was studying abroad in Taiwan, everyone there thought I was Taiwanese. When I said I was Filipino, they would ask "Oh your mom or your dad?" haha. I'm full Filipino.
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Posted 10/7/12
people think I'm either korean, Japanese, chinese... I had a korean classmate and professors would think I was the korean student and when people would point out who was truely korean they'd think my classmates were joking. >_< my japanese students would think I'm chinese..but most would speak to me in japanese cuz they think im japanese.. It's a good thing I could understand so I can kindly tell them I'm not.. When I tell filipinos that im full fil they would all look at me in a strange way.. I had one korean walk up to me and ask if I was korean I said no, is my father korean.. no.. is your mother korean... no... are you japanese? no... is your mother japanese? no is your father japanese.. no... are you chinese... and sooo on.. >_<
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Posted 10/7/12
Yeah most of the time i've been mistaken as a korean or japanese. But im filipino. Hahaha
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Posted 11/2/12
Most of the time they will say I'm Spanish because of my skin colour and my last name, but sometimes some people will say I'm a Chinese because of my eyes...
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Posted 11/10/12
Hmm. I remember one time, when I was still a new immigrant, I was sitting in a park and then suddenly, a seemingly stubborn and arrogant kid shouted in my ears. I just stared at him as he ran away and I heard him say to his friend, "I think he's Spanish." In my mind, I was laughing. Haha. :D

Oh, and another friend of mine thought that I was Chinese for some reason that I can't fathom. Haha.
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Posted 11/11/12
I'm a non-Filipino and I've had Filipinos talk to me in Tagalog. I'm mistaken for many things.
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20 / M / South Australia
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Posted 11/15/12
Every time! =\
people think i come from any part of asia
no joke even when i have .. a double/triple eyelids LOL
and big eyes. or as a halfcast.
im not even halfcast.
although, i've been asked many times before by japanese people
if i'm japanese or i've been told that i look.. "different"
simply as over emphasised as it is... nobody can tell.
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