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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 2/18/13
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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Posted 4/4/13
well, people dont ask what nationality i am cause there is no mistaking me for chinese, korean, viet, etc. im filipino.
Posted 5/25/13
I look nothing like a filipino, at all. Either they think I`m half, but never full. I get mistaken for almost all oriental races.
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Posted 7/2/13
I'm Scottish/Filipino descent, and I get asked if I'm Korean, Mexican, one of the Mediterranean peoples....etc. Gets annoying.
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Posted 7/3/13
Well for me, I do but I think it's normal since I got some abit of German blood in me because of my grandmother but I never had gone to Germany. I grew up in the Philippines & then still, people look at me as if I'm European.
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