So I am Vietnamese. I'm pure Vietnamese (my parents were both born in Vietnam and moved to America as teenagers).
But people will try to guess what possible type of Asian I am, and they will never guess I'm Vietnamese, like I'll tell them after a while and then a couple months later they forget.
My best friend is Chinese and so when ever I go over her house her parent somehow think I'm Chinese like them and start specking mandarin to me...!
But I must confess I look nothing like my family... It's weird... My sister looks like combination of my parents and I manage to look like the exact opposite of her... My family are very Vietnamese looking. (Typical viet: tanner skin, chinky, charcoal black hair, very flat nose, with large nostrils, and sharper features)
It happens to me almost everyday.Every single day.I am Indian and most people think I am Latina or East Asian.Just because I don't look like this link they assume I am not Indian.People are being rude.I live in Malaysia and most of the time Malay people can't stop claiming that I am Malay link I don't think I look like them at all.So that totally offends me.
Personally, no. I'm blond with blue eyes and fair skin, so people know I'm a straight cracker all the way, haha. Maybe the nationality is a little tough to guess, but I pretty much look like the English/Scottish hybrid I am, which is barely even a hybrid.
Asians probably get that a lot though, although I'm surprised you get confused by other Asian people. I'm pretty good at picking out the various Asian nationalities at this point, and at very least I can narrow it down to southeast Asian and more northern Asians (Japanese/korean). If I can get a name as a clue its all over, I have you pegged. There are a good amount of Vietnamese people in my section of Boston that I grew up in, so I usually know them when I see them.
Lol, love how you describe your own family as "chinky". No one generally does. I have had random speculation, but not much of it.
Had a lady ask me one time if I was german because I have big hands, and yes I am part german. Had someone say my name sounds of Irish descent, and yes I am part Irish. Nothing really out of the ordinary as far as guessing goes.
Though I guess that's more a matter of nationality and not ethnicity. Have had a couple people think I'm Native American, but that's mostly because I grew up and hang out with a lot of Natives, so they figure I must be one.
Sometimes. In the summer when I have a really dark tan and a buzzcut, people think I'm Mexican/Hispanic which I actually kinda do. Doesn't help I kinda match the personalities in a way (tattoos, earrings, music, association, etc.).
But I'm white (Irish, German and Native American). Just a tad darker than a lot of white folks, especially in my family. I just happened to show more of my Native American genes.
only when I travel outside the US. In Europe and Asia they presume I may be African (basically just based on my skin color) as opposed to African American... and when I've been in the caribbean (specifically Puerto Rico) I've been asked if I'm Dominican
of course this changes as soon as I open my mouth.
I would say that Asian people more than anything deal with this confusion and for whatever reason most people assume a person who is Asian is Chinese.
Because I'm so pale, people might confuse me as Irish. While I do think I have a little bit of Irish in me, I'm American born and live in America. I actually identify more with Italy and Russia than Ireland, since my dads side is Italian and my moms side is Russian
Only when I go into heavily latin populated areas. As a light skinned black guy- people sometimes assume I'm either Dominican or Puerto Rican. Quite funny because all I know is "sorry, no hablo espanol"... kinda unfortunate actually.
Sometimes I get Persian/Arab.
Haha, no. I look like a typical American white male. What's funny is that a lot of my in-laws speak foreign languages (Russian, Portuguese, French) and whenever I bring that up, they always say "oh yeah you look like you could be Portuguese/etc). They're either full of shit or the previous statement tweaked their thinking lol. I always say "family members", omitting the fact that it's by marriage only.
I don't think this counts but I'm from newfoundland and went to the main land for work and when I told them where I'm from they generally ask where's my accent which for the most part is much more rare than the media would have the rest of Canada think... also we don't say A or aboot instead of about.
I think my family is mostly irish maybe with some french. I did a family tree years ago and could only go back 3-4 generations.
Yeah, I have. its a mix bag. If I style my hair in a certain way, lots of people assume I'm japanese. If I go to a korean market , they assume I'm korean and start speaking to me in korean.
Several times though, a lot of non-asians, know I'm Asian but they feel I'm not full, maybe half of something. Something about the way my nose is, its not flat, my facial structure, Once working at a Chinese restaurant, a lot of co workers assumed I was mixed. Which I don't really get, when I look in the mirror I see a full Chinese looking person! shrugs...it doesn't matter.
Yes, I'm Guatemalan and I've been questioned about my ethnicity before, mainly by people from other countries, I've been told on several occasions that "I don't look Guatemalan" not exactly sure what that's supposed to mean... But I've also been ask by other Guatemalans in the country side. So I guess I don't look like a typical Guatemalan? whatever that means.
I knew a vietnamese girl really pale small nose I never got her confused and it was almost impossible to as much as she'd announced it to remind everyone. I encounter that problem a lot people act like they've never seen a black person with straight coal black hair and narrowed nose before lol.
Yes all the time, it's like they thought I came out of the primitive civilisation within a few minutes of meeting them and always asking me where I am born and what is my nationality? (you mean my ethnic background). It's so personal and intrusive when you've just met the person for five minutes or a day or more. I feel like I'm always being interviewed from the police for something suspicious.
I'm Native American. I have the normal darker skin color, dark hair and dimples and almond shaped eyes. I'm not usually, but a lot of my Native friends are sometimes mistaken for being Chinese or Asian because they have a lighter skin tone. Once in a while Ill be mistaken for being Mexican, but not often.
Yup. 100% Indian, but I've gotten that I look "half white," or Portuguese.
I'm black, but people always stop me and tell me I have an "ethnic" look and ask me if I'm part Polynesian or Korean or if I'm from the Solomon islands.
I think it's a mix between the fact that I have very light hair for an African American (it's a light auburn color) and almond eyes, but I can see where they're coming from at times because I do have features similar to the woman on the left link and Minzy before plastic surgery link
Ohhh all the time! My Asian friends always get their ethnicities mixed up too. I'm Polish, but people ALWAYS ask me if I'm Italian or Russian. I've also been asked if I'm part Arabian or Asian >.< possibly because I have dark hair and very almond shaped eyes?