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Apparently, I look Japanese while my wife looks Korean
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Sometimes there's a more distinct difference and sometimes it's just harder to tell. It's not just east asians, but also southeast, middle east, africans, caucasians, everyone!!

When I immigrated to america, I've had people told me I look like vietnamese, japanese, malaysian, cambodian, heck even mexican .-. Yeah I've experienced someone talking to me in Spanish and it just got awkward.
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I'm Korean Spaniard. I get mistaken as Chinese all the time. Sometimes I get the "oh you Filipino" right. When I go out too the Korean market, I speak in my elementary Korean. They all get soo shocked because they think I am Chinese. It's pretty funny, actually.
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Darnnit how they'd know I expected to be shot...?



Not that difficult to know someone expects to be shot when your country is at war with their "ethnic country", have put people of their "ethnicity" in concentration camps, and there is general apprehension, fear, and/or hatred towards people of their "ethnicity" among the people of your country.
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I'm Cambodian, but I get mistaken for being African American all the time. Apparently asian people cannot have tanned skin to be asian, haha. I had someone argue with me that I'm not asian.
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im persian (iran) and iv had people say i look indian
even though i have pale skin and clear persian features


Persian women are considered to have many desirable facial features—almond-shaped eyes, full high-arched eyebrows, strong cheekbones, but the nose stands out as big and misshapen, often with a prominent dorsal hump.


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I'm mistaken for Chinese a fair amount of times even though I'm Vietnamese, although I do have Chinese ancestry. Don't know how I'm mistaken for being Chinese, since I thought Southeast Asian people have a generally darker skin tone or are more tan then someone from China for example.
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Haha even you asians can't tell one another apart!!! I knew it your all the same! You and your slants for eyes...







i just had 2 share this lol
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Opening post really needed some pictures so we could decide for ourselves.

I think most of the time Asians are fairly distinguishable from each other. Maybe it's possible in the OP's example that they like to wear fashions more associated with being Japanese or Korean?
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I've been mistaken for Indian or east African.when I'm Caribbean.
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I work with two brothers, about 6 years apart in age. One you can tell is hispanic, more over weight then his younger brother. The younger brother doesn't look quite as hispanic, but he says that when he grows out his beard for 1.5 weeks or so he is often mistaken for a Persian or middle eastern when he goes to the gas stations when they try to speak to him in their language.
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Posted 12/24/16 , edited 12/25/16
it might be related to the clothes ye guis might have been wearing lol. maybe ye were wearing japanese lookin clothes so they thought u came from there
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I'm definitely NOT a robot.
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nanikore2 wrote:


Rujikin wrote:

Haha even you asians can't tell one another apart!!! I knew it your all the same! You and your slants for eyes...



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Well at one point in time the people who settled in China also crossed the frozen ocean to get to Japan. Korea was pretty much a puppet/pet of China for much of history. During the mongol invasions large numbers of Chinese moved to Vietnam so you took over their gene pool too.




But anyhow, I dunno who took over what but it's super easy for me to trace my ancestry. My unique last name pretty much pin-points the location to some ancient city in the Spring-Autumn period.


Luuuucky. All I know is my name is still written the same as it was in old norse. So I'm from one of the nordic countries. I suspect Denmark or Norway.

Spring-Autumn period? I'm unfamiliar with this.


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FlyinDumpling wrote:

Its kind of like trying to tell the difference between white American and white European.

I'm sure there are some differences between Italian and french people, but sometimes it can be confusing.


It really should be easier than that!

I wouldn't even try guessing a Caucasian-looking person's ethnic background.


Just ask if they are German. If they get insulted they are French or Polish. If they are fine with it they are British. If they say they are German they are German. If they get overly emotional and start babbling nonsense they are Italian. If they want to punch your face in then they are Russian. If they are confused they are Spanish. If they ask for a loan they are Greek. Is they say yes but no they are Austrian. If they deny it then they are Danish.
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RedExodus wrote:

it might be related to the clothes ye guis might have been wearing lol. maybe ye were wearing japanese lookin clothes so they thought u came from there


Exactly, you've got a guy who's on an anime forum so he may very well like to wear Japanese things. If his wife likes to keep up with the latest fashion trends in Asia, then there's a high chance she will be wearing Korean styles.
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