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animeronin



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another one I add to the list:

  • people who cannot distinguish between Chinese, Japanese, and Korean people
I just can't stand it. Every time I hear people talk about it, or when I witness such a dilemma of theirs, it gets on my nerves.

Luckily, I'm not the type who goes berserk at the snap of a finger.

P.S.: My dad often gets mistaken for either a Chinese (when he boarded a Chinese plane, and the stewardess talked to him in Mandarin) or a Japanese (the father of the family on the next table bowed to my dad twice: first as a greeting; next as a way of saying "nice meeting you") due to his eyes. Razz

Had any of you people found trouble about which is which?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oddly, I never get mistaken for an Asian person.

I think I must be too Americanized.

All Asians clearly see that I am an American psycho, although I speak fluent Mandarin.

(yes, I really am of Chinese descent)
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm often mistaken for Chinese or Korean. Filipinos who I meet are usually surprised when I start speaking in Filipino. *shrugs* I'm not bothered if they people cannot identify where I'm from. It only becomes an issue to me when they start defining Asian as anything Chinese or maybe Japanese.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"So, are you Chinese or are you Japanese?'

"I'm Laotian!"

"So, are you Chinese... or are you Japanese?"


I forget which American TV show it was from, but it was about Texans.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've found that Asians as a generally rule do seem to be more academically inclined and smarter in general. Just like Italians tend to go into construction and garbage collecting, and the Irish go into law enforcement. I think some things are just kind of inborn. Very Happy

By the way, Token Asian = Exception to the "Smart Asian" rule.


From time to time, I actually get mistaken for a Chinese gal. The problem is that I'm 100% Caucasian. I have dark hair and really like Chinese stuff, though... maybe people start automatically assuming things.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

animeronin wrote:
Here's another one I add to the list:

  • people who cannot distinguish between Chinese, Japanese, and Korean people
I just can't stand it. Every time I hear people talk about it, or when I witness such a dilemma of theirs, it gets on my nerves.


Hmm. I can distinguish Japanese people vs Chinese/Korean somewhat. But if it was Chinese vs. Korean vs. Lao vs. Vietnamese, I suck..
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TokenAsian wrote:
Oddly, I never get mistaken for an Asian person.

I think I must be too Americanized.

Maybe you're just too strange? Laughing

TokenAsian wrote:
All Asians clearly see that I am an American psycho, although I speak fluent Mandarin.

(yes, I really am of Chinese descent)

An American Psycho? Remind me to hide the knives if you come visit. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ciounoi wrote:
By the way, Token Asian = Exception to the "Smart Asian" rule.

Hehe, it's not everyday you get to call your boyfriend stupid and not insult him is it? Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bakaboobie wrote:
Hmm. I can distinguish Japanese people vs Chinese/Korean somewhat. But if it was Chinese vs. Korean vs. Lao vs. Vietnamese, I suck..

Same here, but I didn't used to be able to tell any of them apart. After dealing with several Chinese students while at college though (and going to Japan) I got to where I could tell Chinese & Japanese apart from the rest. I'm sure if I spent time with Koreans/etc. the same thing would happen. Smile

I also found that after a while I got used to the accent (for Chinese and Japanese natives) and can understand them very well when they speak English even with a very heavy accent.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My English accent is perfect, but my Chinese accent is terrible. I'm also not the stereotypical Asian. Instead of aspiring to be a doctor, I'm a history major who sometimes wishes he joined the Navy instead.

Don't worry, Maestro. One of the biggest parts of our relationship is the mutual insults.

CiouNoi: "You spend too much!"

TA: "You smell bad!"
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maestro4k wrote:
I also found that after a while I got used to the accent (for Chinese and Japanese natives) and can understand them very well when they speak English even with a very heavy accent.


Accent is a giveaway. Also inquire on their full name... Phuoc Nguyen? Well hi there! How's Saigon? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2006 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TokenAsian wrote:


Don't worry, Maestro. One of the biggest parts of our relationship is the mutual insults.

CiouNoi: "You spend too much!"

TA: "You smell bad!"


Perhaps a little too much. Rolling Eyes Males. They don't know when to be quiet. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2006 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

People mistake me for Filipino, Malaysian, korean, Japanese, and Hawaiian. I'm bloody Chinese, dagnabbit.

Just out of curiousity, how many of us are Asians here?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ciounoi wrote:
Accent is a giveaway. Also inquire on their full name... Phuoc Nguyen? Well hi there! How's Saigon? Very Happy

Not sure if that'd help me much, not sure how well I could map names to locations yet. Smile

I remember one friend I had in college who was technically from Taiwan (he was 5 when his parents came to the US so he was basically raised here) would never even tell me how to pronounce his middle name, saying I wouldn't be able to pronounce it anyway. He did go by his first name but the thing was his brother and sister both had the same first name so if you called his house you had to ask for them by more than just that. He solved this by telling us to ask for Shin Y. Laughing His middle name was Yuan (spelled in English, I have no idea about the Chinese characters), I've always wondered how you'd pronounce it. Smile

Then again I'm strange in that I try very hard to get people's named right and won't shorten names unless a person is ok with that. Guess that's a pet peeve. Wink

ciounoi wrote:
Perhaps a little too much. Rolling Eyes Males. They don't know when to be quiet. Laughing

For what it's worth I figured he was going to get in trouble for that last one. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My boss calls me "Wang Chung." It stuck, and I don't mind.

Unfortunately, both insults are true...
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