"The superior man is catholic and no partizan. The mean man is a partizan and not catholic." (君子周而不比、小人比而不周。) ─ Confucius, The Analects, 2.XIV, translation by James Legge.
Labels: Pan-Asia, Race Matters
posted by Iosue Andreas Sartorius at 4:21 PM (Permalink)
Ha! I ran into this in college. I roomed with a friend who was from Korea. One day while looking through his grade school yearbook I asked him how he could tell people apart. He said it was easy in Korea but in the US he had a very difficult time. We all looked the same to him.
+JMJ+I had a similar experience in New Zealand. At the hostel I lived in, I could tell most of the South and Southeast Asians and Polynesians apart, but had a harder time with the East Asians and the white residents. That surprised me a little, because I had imagined myself "trained" by Western media to distinguish among white faces.
My mother in law (Chinese-Filipina) has told me this point blank. "All white people look the same."She's delightfully un-politically correct!
+JMJ+Mark:To qualify my original statement, I must say that my Asian friends and I (all female) had a much easier time telling the boys apart. I never asked any of my male friends about it, but I wonder whether they would have found it easier to distinguish among the girls!
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