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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 2/1/13
it happen when we had a vacation in japan
when i was walking near our house theres japanese student who ask for direction
and i was like stunned for a moment cuz i didnt know wht to say
cuz its my frst time onthat country and ididnt even understand japanese
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Posted 2/4/13
always... "are you chinese?" they ask. i answer "no".
"are you from spain?"... "do I look like one?"
"Can you speak chinese?" ... "uhh what?"
"are you mexican?" ... "ummm"
"you look like from Brazil" ... "The hell are you talking about?!"
"can you speak spanish?" ... "no.. a bit maybe?"
"Are you japanese?"... "heck no"

then...

"Are you a filipino?" ... •speechless•
"ha! tama ako!" ... •dies of happiness•
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Posted 2/14/13
I've been mistaken for chinese , thai, cambodian, and all types of hispanic nationality just cause my first name is Jose. lol
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Posted 2/14/13
I'm not Filipino, I'm Indonesian, but some people say I look Filipino. Since I live in AZ, most people say Mexican. When I'm around my own people, I look Bollywood/Indian. When I'm my husband's family, they think I'm from Spain. WTF LOL
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Posted 2/18/13
Lots of people think that I'm Lao or Vietnamese lol.
Otherwise they think that I'm Japanese(which is half my race but I don't even look like it TT_TT)
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Posted 3/3/13
Sorry I'm not Filipino, but I have recently gotten in-laws that are from the Philippines. They have a dark/tan skin, so I wouldn't mistake them for Chinese or Japanese. I haven't seen many Filipinos, so I can't say I can recognize any features. I also only know one Vietnamese person and she looks nothing like my in-laws, lol.
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Posted 3/3/13
Oh! This happens to me as well. Sometimes they mistake me for a Japanese/ Korean/ Chinese/ Thai girl. The other day, I was mistaken for a Spanish girl. There's this one time I was at work and this man was talking to me in Korean. I didn't know what to answer so I just smiled. I guess it could be a compliment sometimes.
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Posted 3/10/13

blodwedd wrote:

Sorry I'm not Filipino, but I have recently gotten in-laws that are from the Philippines. They have a dark/tan skin, so I wouldn't mistake them for Chinese or Japanese. I haven't seen many Filipinos, so I can't say I can recognize any features. I also only know one Vietnamese person and she looks nothing like my in-laws, lol.


this is assuming that all filipinos look alike...which they dont...my family has many pale skin people in it
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Posted 3/10/13

Javek wrote:


blodwedd wrote:

Sorry I'm not Filipino, but I have recently gotten in-laws that are from the Philippines. They have a dark/tan skin, so I wouldn't mistake them for Chinese or Japanese. I haven't seen many Filipinos, so I can't say I can recognize any features. I also only know one Vietnamese person and she looks nothing like my in-laws, lol.


this is assuming that all filipinos look alike...which they dont...my family has many pale skin people in it


I'm sorry you thought that way, but I wasn't saying that all Filipinos look a like. Like in all regions, people of the same race can have different skin pigmentation, just due to different locations within that country. What I meant was, that I never thought of them as Japanese or Chinese, because I've only ever seen pale Japanese and Chinese people. As I mentioned as well, I'm not familiar with many Filipinos, not that I thought all had dark skin.
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Posted 3/11/13
I get mistaken for French, but I am 90% Spanish blood.
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Posted 3/18/13
I get mistaken for being a Mexican sometimes, lol! And even a Native American!
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Posted 3/20/13
I get mistaken as an Indian because of my looks. And when I say I'm not, they'd still ask what other foreign do I have, mostly because of my unique name.
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Posted 3/21/13
Japanese, Chinese, and Thai.

They definitely know that I'm not white or African American
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Posted 4/3/13
japanesse and chinese lol

i don't know why maybe its because of the eyes
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Posted 4/3/13
I get mistaken mostly as Japanese or Korean!
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