(Closed) Have you ever been identified as a different ethnic group?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 76
1218 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

candy11:  I get asked if I am Greek or Italian. I am neither – Australian with Spanish and Irish ancestry.

Before I got married, people who hadn’t met me but had heard my surname would occasionally assume that I was Chinese. My maiden name was Scottish but sounded similar to some common Chinese names.

Post # 77
10956 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

Yes.  I’m very non ethnic looking but when I studied at an international university I, blonde haired & green eyed was often mistaken for Spanish.  I was told I looked classic Castillian Spanish–I never did research that.  It sounded complimentary.  I rather liked it.

Post # 78
560 posts
Busy bee

This was really funny! I am 5’5 blond and blue eyed and my skin is so pale that you can clearly see the blue veins on my feet and inner arm, and I have huge pink cheeks. I look German if anything. At the time my hair was a bit curly, this guy came up to me and asked if I was African at first I said yes I am from South Africa, he said he didn’t realize you get such fair skinned black people. I was so taken by his statement that I was at a loss for words, I finally said that I was a Dutch European mix white South African, to which he responded ‘but you have curly hair…’ At this point I was about to burst out laughing so I just excused myself and left…

Post # 79
334 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2022 - City, State

a_day_at_the_fair:  the same thing happens to me! I’m half Cheyenne half German with fair skin and blue eyes. People either think I’m white or Asian.

Post # 80
1019 posts
Bumble bee

I look about as white as they come (very pale skin, green eyes, and medium brown hair) and I’ve been mistaken for being another ethnic group. Before I graduated from high school, I attended a public school district that is one of the few in my city to have a notable Jewish population. One day when writing an essay for my eighth grade English teacher after school, my teacher asked me if I was looking forward to Hanukkah. My best guess is that this happened based off of my Ukrainian surname, which is not unheard of among Ashkenazi Jewish groups. Plus, most students with Eastern European backgrounds at my school were Jewish, too. If you were to consider that my dad was born in Argentina, I could add even more stories, but this post is long enough. XD

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Post # 81
939 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 1975

candy11:  I have, interestingly… Lol. I am Caucasian, Italian American, and I’ve been asked if I was AA and/or Hispanic. I don’t see it. Just don’t see it. My Fiance is also Italian American and he has also been asked the same questions, by different people. Haha

Post # 82
279 posts
Helper bee

I am white with German heritage. I have pale skin, a round face, big blue eyes and light brown hair. I look very white, and there is only one time that I was confused for another ethnic background. 

A makeup artist was doing my eye makeup and said “I love your eyes. Are you Native?” I was a bit confused and said no. Then she asked “Oh, so are you half Asian then?” Again I answered no. She asked me “What are you then?” so I told her I was white. She pointed out that I have folds of skin on the inner corners of my eyes, which I guess typically Asian or some Native people have.

I had honestly never really noticed that I had them before, or that most white people don’t.  Apparently they are called epicanthic folds. I’ve never had anyone else point them out, but I do get a lot of compliments on my eyes so maybe people do notice that they are a little unusual looking.

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