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Posted 4/24/15
I'm not going to be ambiguous I wish they'd take those race and gender questions off of government forms.
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Almost all of my friends thought I was just white instead of half white half chinese before getting to know me. One of them said the first time he saw me he had no idea what I was.

Though, strangely enough when I was waiting for one of my math exams to start the girl sitting next to me just turned to me out of nowhere and asked if I was half white half asian. Needless to say I was plenty amazed.
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I'm of mixed blood, but most assume I'm white. It can be revealing at times as to what people will say about a race when they think no one of it is around.
Posted 4/24/15
am unmistakably asian.

but my features are ambiguous in the sense that a stranger can't really tell what asian country i am from unless i tell them; there was one lady who thought i was indian

and when i dyed my hair blonde, people can mistake me for korean... but i just think inside my head, are koreans really this tanned??

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P.S. I dont obnoxiously go up to people and ask them, "What ethnicity do you think i am?". They're the ones who made these remarks to me first.
stranger 1: "What country are you from originally?"
Me: "Cambodia"
Stranger 1: "Oh really? I thought you were korean".


I feel flattered that people would mistake me for all types of asian ethnicities, but honestly i don't think i look like any other ethnicity besides my own...
Posted 4/24/15
It's either Mexican, Russian, or Jewish for me, even if I am 0% of any of them.

I had someone tell me to stop being "racist to white people" because "You're Mexican and can't say that". I was like "I'm white."

I get this a lot, where Jewish kids who give out pamphlets for the local Temple stop and ask me "Oh hey you're Jewish right?". I respectfully say no I'm not lol

I've had Russian people come up to me and start speaking Russian and I'm like "Ah sorry I'm not Russian". Very awkward when that happens.

I am Italian-American, but I guess it's not evident
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Posted 4/24/15
Blonde hair and blue eyed... It's hard not to know I'm white IRL.

online, however, I often get mistaken for being either black or female.



And more often than I care to admit....

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Posted 4/24/15
No, I'm misleadingly ethnic.
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Posted 4/24/15

Sir_jamesalot wrote:

No, I'm misleadingly ethnic.


guessing from your hair, I'd say seafoam islander, but I may be wrong...
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Posted 4/24/15

serifsansserif wrote:

Blonde hair and blue eyed... It's hard not to know I'm white IRL.

online, however, I often get mistaken for being either black or female.



And more often than I care to admit....



Use a female avatar, no one will mistake you for a female.
Posted 4/24/15
Well, there are those few times people assume I'm Latina, more specifically Peruvian. But I guess that's just because a lot of Peruvians look Asian. *shrug*
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I'm from a country that's been colonized by Europeans. The Europeans stayed for 300 years. We've even adopted their language into a fusion of ours.

It leads to a huge mess, and lots of confused identities. I'm still sort of dealing with this. People want to label everyone in our country as "X" because that's our continent or whatever - but yet, when the Europeans colonized other countries for 300 years, they get to keep the European-like title?

One friend from Pre-Med even said to my face, "Yeah the Europeans colonized ur country for 300 years, but not now." I really shoulda responded with, "yeah but that's the same for your country cuz they're not there anymore either?"

So Idk. I really dk. But yeah, most of us don't want to be labeled as "X" and it's probably not a majority, but a significant amount of the population.
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Posted 4/24/15

xxJing wrote:


serifsansserif wrote:

Blonde hair and blue eyed... It's hard not to know I'm white IRL.

online, however, I often get mistaken for being either black or female.



And more often than I care to admit....



Use a female avatar, no one will mistake you for a female.


Fair point...
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Posted 4/24/15
I'm split down the middle between Irish and Native American.
Though I just mark white on the box no one notices my NA side.
Tbh you can only see it in my hair.
Since its super thick and strong.
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Posted 4/24/15 , edited 4/24/15
Too many European ancestors. I just choose "white other". More like others. Joked about being Chinese once. Not a good idea to say it at a police station.
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I am a light and dark twin (look it up its a real thing) my twin is darker than me and usually ppl think we re best friends ... I look Japanese and she looks Hawaiian her hair waves a bit and mine is straight
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