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    Nov 27, 2011 5:35 AM GMT
    I've long known that I look ethnically ambiguous. Most of my life I've been mistaken for some sort of Asian ethnicity despite having no known Asian ancestry (at least not within the past 4-5 generations). It bugged me for a long time, but as an adult I've finally let it go realizing there's no shame in that and that it's fun to play around with people's assumptions.

    However, if I hang around a certain group of people, apparently I blend in quite easily. Whenever I'm in an area full of Latin Americans, almost none of them hesitate to talk to me first in Spanish (which works since I speak Spanish anyway). I also blended in rather well in Russia when I studied there in 2006. In fact most people thought I was a native Russian because I spoke Russian almost flawlessly. Perhaps they thought I had Turkic, Caucasian, or Moldovan/Romanian ancestry but was completely Russified. But today I was mistaken for Afghan of all things. I visited a market and immediately recognized Pashto being spoken around me, yet four people approached me speaking the language. I never thought of all things they'd mistake me for one of their own, haha. I didn't think I blended in at all.
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    Nov 27, 2011 8:36 AM GMT
    At least you can blend in, that should count for something. You are very talented if you can speak several languages, I can pass on English (speaking), but I do mess up at times.
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    Nov 27, 2011 12:01 PM GMT
    People see a handsome, friendly-looking guy and they want to assume he's one of their own.
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    Nov 27, 2011 12:07 PM GMT
    Kobaltjak saidPeople see a handsome, friendly-looking guy and they want to assume he's one of their own.




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    Nov 27, 2011 5:24 PM GMT
    I'm just surprised these Afghan people even approached me considering I thought I looked rather gay that day!