Can you tell the difference in origins of people of your own race?

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    Feb 15, 2013 10:01 PM GMT
    As gay man, we are often assumed that we can tell if someone is gay or straight (and many of us can), even though not all of us possess an accurate gaydar.

    As a Chinese, I can very well tell if someone is Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai, Filipino etc. by the way they look, dress, speak, and behave with astounding accuracy, yet non-Asians would generally lump all Asians (especially Chinese/Japanese/Korean) together in one group.

    Living and growing up in South Africa, I can also tell the Afrikaners (Dutch descendant) from the British descendant because their first language, but also from their typical built and behavior.

    My question is, can you generally tell the country another person (of the same race as you) is originally from, based on look, dress, speech and behaviour? And how accurate would you rate your radar?
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    Feb 15, 2013 10:03 PM GMT
    That would be impossible ... race is considered one of the following
    white
    black
    red
    yellow
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    Feb 15, 2013 10:08 PM GMT
    uberick said

    yet non-Asians would generally lump all Asians (especially Chinese/Japanese/Korean) together in one group.


    The ignorant, uneducated ones anyway. Anyone who's taken even the most rudimentary and elemental bit of time to study foreign cultures should be able to differentiate between them. If the only thing you've spent your life doing is watching Wheel of Fortune on a couch well then yes you will be unfortunately be an ignorant person that knows nothing of the world.
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    Feb 15, 2013 11:26 PM GMT
    sometimes...
  • FitAquarian

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    Feb 16, 2013 3:59 AM GMT
    Not so much with looks but I am more sensitive to accents.
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    Feb 16, 2013 4:04 AM GMT
    uberick saidAs a Chinese, I can very well tell if someone is Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai, Filipino etc. by the way they look, dress, speak, and behave with astounding accuracy, yet non-Asians would generally lump all Asians (especially Chinese/Japanese/Korean) together in one group.


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    Feb 16, 2013 4:07 AM GMT
    dougyang said
    uberick saidAs a Chinese, I can very well tell if someone is Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai, Filipino etc. by the way they look, dress, speak, and behave with astounding accuracy, yet non-Asians would generally lump all Asians (especially Chinese/Japanese/Korean) together in one group.


    oooo type me type me


    Taiwanese?
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    Feb 16, 2013 4:09 AM GMT
    Depends.

    In the Americas, there is a lot of mixing and everything gets less distinct over time/generations.
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    Feb 16, 2013 4:12 AM GMT
    Can you tell the difference between a Catalan, a Galician, a Basque, and a Spaniard just by looking at them?
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    Feb 16, 2013 4:15 AM GMT
    I think you're referring to "nationality" or in Merika's case "Ancestral descent"


    I can usually tell when someone's of Italian descent, unless they trace back to the northern region where I things get "whiter"per se, they can pass for French or Swiss. Some Sicilians can pass for some kind of Arabic too.
    As for Asians, I can tell the difference for the most part. Especially between Japanese and Chinese.As for Koreans/Chinese, I can't say, other than the writing and language, I'm not sure if I''m able to depict who's Chinese and who's Korean based on looks alone..
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    Feb 16, 2013 4:17 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidThat would be impossible ... race is considered one of the following
    white
    black
    red
    yellow


    +1

    True. I myself am a white (race) Latino (ethnicity). When people hear me talking in Spanish. The first question is always, "where did you learn Spanish?" Bitch from my parents! "Oh, but you look so white."

    Ignorance is tough to beat at times. Some ppl think that Europeans migrated only to America.
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    Feb 16, 2013 4:37 AM GMT
    skykey said
    AMoonHawk saidThat would be impossible ... race is considered one of the following
    white
    black
    red
    yellow



    Actually, the races are consider Negroid, Mongoloid, Australoid, and Caucasoid.



    Come on guys.... race is as accurate and precise a concept as BMI is for fitness.

    Race are defined by the criteria you use to define them. They have no true existence, they are arbitrary classifications using arbitrary criteria.
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    Feb 16, 2013 4:39 AM GMT
    I must say I find it amusing how many Asians and rice queens think I'm Asian or at least partially Asian even though I don't have any Asian ancestry. Apparently they don't really know their own kind after all!
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    Feb 16, 2013 6:07 AM GMT
    nicodegallo saidI must say I find it amusing how many Asians and rice queens think I'm Asian or at least partially Asian even though I don't have any Asian ancestry. Apparently they don't really know their own kind after all!


    You're not asian?
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    Feb 16, 2013 6:14 AM GMT
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    Feb 16, 2013 6:17 AM GMT
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    Feb 16, 2013 6:22 AM GMT
    may11 said
    True. I myself am a white (race) Latino (ethnicity). When people hear me talking in Spanish. The first question is always, "where did you learn Spanish?" Bitch from my parents! "Oh, but you look so white."

    Ignorance is tough to beat at times. Some ppl think that Europeans migrated only to America.


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    Feb 16, 2013 6:22 AM GMT
    The only thing I can tell is if someone is human. That's about it.
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    Feb 16, 2013 6:37 AM GMT
    Not really, not in America anyways. People start to look too different once it becomes second generation onwards.
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    Feb 16, 2013 6:37 AM GMT
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    Feb 16, 2013 6:41 AM GMT
    I think most Canadians could tell an American apart pretty quickly in social situations.
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    Feb 16, 2013 6:41 AM GMT
    I can only identify Italians. Usually the name confirms it. icon_razz.gif

    But sometimes I mistake an Israeli for an Italian. icon_neutral.gif

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    Feb 16, 2013 6:44 AM GMT
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    Feb 16, 2013 6:45 AM GMT
    Neight said
    nicodegallo said
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    Those better be sesame or rice crackers and not just plain honky crackers.
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    Feb 16, 2013 6:49 AM GMT
    nicodegallo saidThose better be sesame or rice crackers and not just plain honky crackers.
    They're "plain honky" crackers.