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Post Reply Filipinos Abroad: Do you ever get mistaken for another nationality and not as filipino?
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I don't know what Filipinos look like, so I always mistake them with Chinese.
It's like telling the difference between Latin Americans. I often get told that I look Colombian or Mexican when I'm Peruvian. I used to get mad at first, but now I don't care.
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Posted 5 days ago

anikevin wrote:

I don't know what Filipinos look like, so I always mistake them with Chinese.
It's like telling the difference between Latin Americans. I often get told that I look Colombian or Mexican when I'm Peruvian. I used to get mad at first, but now I don't care.


Most people from Latin America look alike because our ancestors were white Europeans and brown indigenous peoples.
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I thought my filipino friend totally looked a mix of black & mexican when I first met him.
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So I'm mixed with Filipino. I went to the Philippines not too long ago and people there spoke to me in English and they were nervous. I can understand Tagalog, so when they try to get someone to translate I just answer them, and they get surprised. But outside of the Philippines I normally get the "what are you? no really, where are you from?" question a lot.
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25 / M / Chicago
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Unless it's another Filipino, have been mistaken for another nationality although they tend to guess Southeast Asia. Did have one person ask me if i was Japanese or Chinese before due to the apparent lack of a Filipino accent I have.

I did have one slightly funny instance of DHL dropping off my cosplay at another house and the person that signed was a Chinese person.
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27 / M / Wisconsin
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My mom and my brother get mistaken as Mexican, since we do have a lot of Mexicans around us. One time, in high school, my brother was applying for a job. The person asked him really slow English, "Would you like an application in Spanish"? My brother was like no thank you, I'll take one in English. My mom gets hugs by older Mexican women, because they think she's one of them. My mom responds saying, "I'm not Mexican, I'm Filipino".
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