Have you ever been identified as a different ethnic group?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Lol so funny! I am Indian (south) and I have been mistaken for “Latina” (excuse the vague government sanctioned generalization) many times! Including when I was in Argentina, Chile, and Mexico, so the complete opposite of what you deal with. I do speak fluent Spanish so that wasn’t an issue but it is a bit weird. I have also been mistaken for Native American which is odd but that may be because I tell people I am Indian and they assume Native American. Interesting topic!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

I’m definitely never confused for a different race, but my sister gets really dark in the summer (we are white). Someone on her first day of high school asked her if she was a “halfa.” and she said,  “a halfa what?!” Apparently he was asking if she was biracial!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

My dad is native American and people think he’s Mexican all.the.time. Even Mexicans think so! I thought at least you were supposed to be able to correctly identify people of your own race lol

And even though I am half naive American I took white and people often accuse me of lying when I talk about my heritage. Overall though when it comes to societal treatment everyone thinking you’re white isn’t really a bad thing

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Royal Park Hotel

candy11:  .  Everyone assumes I’m just white or Irish.  I have blue eyes, pale skin, freckles and black hair.

I don’t blame people for being confused.  haha

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You betcha. I’ve been mistaken for Asian, waaaay off! I’m half Chilean and half Canadian. Both sides have assumed I’m completely one or the other. I’m light skinned with Hispanic features, so I could see how that might sometimes be confusing.

The other one I get is Italian. I don’t think I look Italian, but it’s a common mistake. One friend even assumed this to the point she asked me questions about Italian names and food for MONTHS before I figured out that she thought I was Italian. Uh, what’s the difference between spaghetti and linguini? One is wider. It was so funny, I was clueless that she thought that!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

candy11:  a lot of people think I am cherokee indian. Im pretty tan with long straight brown hair and I guess my bone structure too. If i wear my hair in a braid, then EVERYONE is commenting! Haha. They all call me Pocahontas, which is a good thing, I just never thought I resembled her.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

candy11:  Haha I have the opposite thing happen to me. I’m Indian from India and people mistake me for Mexican/Spanish all the time! I think because I was raised in Canada and not in India, and have a Canadian accent, people assume I’m not Indian. I’m not too culturally influenced by India either, I’m pretty much fully Canadian. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

candy11:  

akirasan:  sahanarajana:  

This is so interesting! My husband is half-French-Canadian and half-Pakistani, but he looks much more like the Pakistani side, and people have mistaken him for Mexican quite a few times.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’m Filipina with strong Spanish and Chinese ancestry, but I’ve also gotten Latina, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indonesian, Native American, or any of the aforementioned with white mixed in. It’s fun being ethnically ambiguous! 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

candy11:  lol maybe!! Then you could deal with my 1/2 Irish 1/2 indian mom being asked if she is Greek and my brother being asked if he is Iraqi. Haha 🙂

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