I have really no idea what kind of EA I am! People seem to think different things. Some think I look more asian while others think I look more white. Its more usual for asians to believe Im white-looking and europeans to think Im asian looking if thats the case.
When I look at myself in the mirror Im not sure either Im such a mess! lol
^ lol, don't worry catgirl, I think it's normal for EAs to try to study themselves in the mirror to figure out what they "are" (I know I did) But in a mirror it's hard for people to see and determine what they "are" (coz they only see themselves as a person), it's mostly how the world sees them that counts for what they "look like"...
Today I went to this kind of "organization" for international students. I ended up sticking together with the two Chinese guys there, and they told me that I had very strong Asian traits and they wouldn't have thought that I was mixed with Norwegian. (In the beginning, one of them said: "You seem familiar, have I seen you before? And I don't mean it in an "All Asians look alike" kind of way (since I'm Asian myself), lol...") It means a lot more to hear that from Asians than from Euros.
Hehe, Thanx! I just get confused sometimes. Especially when people say different things. Asian or not Asian thats the question!
Yesterday the taxi man asked me if I was Polish, although my Polish is painfully bad Wonder why?
I'm thinking that there are 2 different concepts at play here:
1.) Whether we've inherited most of our physical traits from our European ancestors. 2.) Whether or not we blend in/pass for a "monoracial" European.
It's entirely possible to be almost completely European-looking but still not blend in. Catgirl, for example, may have mostly European traits, but it still might not be good enough to blend in with a crowd of 6 foot-tall vikings with blond hair and blue eyes...her rounder cheeks, darker hair, and darker eyes might not fit the mold exactly.
My brother and I seem to have inherited most of our features from the European ancestors of both of our parents, yet he is the one who looks European, while I am the one who looks EA (mom and dad even call me the "oriental"). He could pass for a full-blooded European, while I might not.
My own observation is that most non-Filipino Asians (and purely indigenous Probinsyanos and Fil-Ams too) have sucky EA-dar and tend to assume that EAs with somewhat more European features are, in fact, just caucasians (sort of like how non-Africans have a hard time recognizing mixed African Americans/mulattos as such).
Its true! In Norway I dont blend in so much. But in eastern-european or southern european countries I dont stand out as much, cause of darker traits or rounder cheeks ;D
My nose is pretty strong, an Asian feature, and I look more Chinese than anything else. It is fun though to switch to my Irish side and my smaller Dutch side. I have a side that's supposed to be French, English, and Native American, for which I'm thankful. You can tell in this picture I have a little bit of German from my Irish side as well.
I'd say I'm quite evenly mixed, but I've also been called "unknown random island/out of this world looking" from my best friend. If there was the unknown option I guess that would be me. Anyone else?
Yea people thought I was Chinese in kindergarten. Growing up at puberty, people thought I was Spanish because of how un-racist I was looking. Later I got people to believe I was a foreign European with white skin and black hair.
Post by hypeforlife91 on Oct 7, 2010 15:37:33 GMT -5
^ I second that rep.
Although it depends on the person. Some people think I'm Latina and I get called "gwei mui" or "gwei lo" (which means white girl) by a lot of chinese people. And Asians would talk about me and think I don't know what they are saying. I also have some people who think I look really mixed to the point that they give me percentages (i.e. a lady said I look 65% white and 35% chinese pretty recently). I have also been called Russian and Austrian. The Asian race I get most from people is Filipino.
One thing I do know is that I am always expecting race-related questions daily and I do get it very,very often.
I have also been called Russian and Austrian. The Asian race I get most from people is Filipino.
Chinese student whose parents are from Hong Kong told me that I am the original Filipino--he's in the Filipino Student Association for some weird reason. I didn't know that Filipino's were a Portuguese, Chinese, English, Russian mix--but I got the idea.
One thing I do know is that I am always expecting race-related questions daily and I do get it very, very often.
If I were monoracial and I wanted to "get to know" a cute Eurasian girl, asking a race related question would probably be my angle. Yeah, it's a fairly textbook move. When approaching someone of an unfamiliar background, you sorta revert to the fundamentals. Of course, I'm only putting myself in their shoes.
Except for hair stylists, women don't usually ask me about my race. Maybe a closer inspection of my hair contradicted their original assumptions.
Post by hypeforlife91 on May 26, 2011 6:52:17 GMT -5
There is no doubt that the most asian part of my face is my nose. The shape is just..Asian to me...even more Asianer than some full Asians I've seen with cute petite noses. It always was and now even more so since the accident I had several months back (ouch) that fractured my nose and made my nose swell up like nuts. I just hope it gets somewhat better..it has been a while...it looks weird on my face and bugs me.
I'm curious...don't most EAs have a more Euro-nose but retains Asian-ish eyes? I'm like the opposite.
^ hype: I think petite noses are cute ^^ Actually, most half Filipino EAs I know have small noses (although some have a more euro nose bridge). But the eyes of half Filipinos can go either way, from big to small (depending on their Filipino family's eyes being big or small). Maybe that's why many think you're Filipino, hype, because you have pretty, round eyes and small nose
I often feel like an outsider among Filipinos, because they feel I rather belong to the Chinese/Viet/Japanese category, and I also don't always "see myself" in them either. I mean, sometimes I feel more connectedness to other Asian groups than Filipinos, is that "normal"?
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Post by hypeforlife91 on Jun 2, 2011 4:28:19 GMT -5
I don't think it is abnormal to feel more connected to one race than another even if you genetically do not belong to said race. Perhaps your experiences or being labeled as looking more towards another race have brought you to that feeling.