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    They all look the same

    I'm pretty sure that most Americans have heard comments about asians to the effect of "they all look the same". Anyone who actually IS asian, has been around asians, or has been to an asian country for any amount of time knows, of course, that it isn't true. But somehow, it's become "common knowledge" that asians "all look the same".

    ( now if we said that about black people, we'd be racist... ~_~; )

    I'm an American living in Japan and today while I was eating lunch, the teacher sitting across from me asked me this question:

    "When you see other foreigners on the street, can you tell the difference?"

    I asked him to elaborate... "well, to Japanese, all foreigners look the same."

    All of the other teachers near us agreed.

    ARGH! Is there something wrong with our eyes? Or just our brains?

    I'm fairly certain that if we can all pass eye exams seeing the same letters, colors, numbers and dots... we're not seeing radically different things when we look at each other.

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    Re: They all look the same

    Quote Originally Posted by tsurara View Post
    I'm pretty sure that most Americans have heard comments about asians to the effect of "they all look the same". Anyone who actually IS asian, has been around asians, or has been to an asian country for any amount of time knows, of course, that it isn't true. But somehow, it's become "common knowledge" that asians "all look the same".

    ( now if we said that about black people, we'd be racist... ~_~; )

    I'm an American living in Japan and today while I was eating lunch, the teacher sitting across from me asked me this question:

    "When you see other foreigners on the street, can you tell the difference?"

    I asked him to elaborate... "well, to Japanese, all foreigners look the same."

    All of the other teachers near us agreed.

    ARGH! Is there something wrong with our eyes? Or just our brains?

    I'm fairly certain that if we can all pass eye exams seeing the same letters, colors, numbers and dots... we're not seeing radically different things when we look at each other.
    well of course you would be racist. you would be racist if you said that about anybody. ~.~

    but anyways. i dont think they look the same. i mean i can distinctly tell if anybody has like a twin or something and they lookexactly alike unless you know they're related or something.
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    Re: They all look the same

    Of coarse we all look the same.. not just to asians...i mean ALL...

    you have 2 eyes..2 legs...2 hands...hair/bald...a body...a mouth... We are ALL almost the same... were humans after all..only geographical settings and all seperates us a bit... ^^

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    Re: They all look the same

    Does anyone else notice that Asians generally get referred to as "Chinese" by Americans, predominately in the older generation, but frequently among the younger set? I was out with friends Saturday night, and one girl started talking about the show Heroes, and "that Chinese guy". I gently corrected her, stating that Masi Oka is actually Japanese (the name pretty much gives it away), and got a response of "Whatever, it's all the same".

    I think a big part of it is that the people who think this way don't see the people they consider "all the same" close up on a daily basis (at least here, I don't know how it is with foreigners in Japan), thus don't have a really good basis for comparison. Nothing wrong with the eyes, it's all in the mind and the preconceived notions we've been bombarded with since birth.
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    Re: They all look the same

    I know what you mean Gren.
    i have got some asian friends and other people call them all chinese, when they are in fact Japanese and Chinese, and not to mention Mandrin(I hope I spelt that correctly.)
    I hate it when people do that...
    as for the question... No asian people do not all look the same, and you can see this clearly.

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    Re: They all look the same

    Quote Originally Posted by overload View Post
    and not to mention Mandrin(I hope I spelt that correctly.)
    O_o; Except... Mandarin is a dialect of Chinese (the language), not an ethnic group.

    Most people who speak Mandarin are still "Chinese".

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    Re: They all look the same

    OK my bad, sorry for that.
    but I understand that you cannot put all asain cultures into one group.
    but why do people try to?
    all my asain friends don't go and call all my other friends all the same so why must the rest of the world?

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    Re: They all look the same

    i would have to say it is b/c most ppl dont care enough to actually look closely andtell the difference between outsiders. perhaps it is a kind of learned habit, but i donno.

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