Friday, January 29, 2010

All White People Look the Same

That has been this white person's surprising experience living in the Far East for close to a decade-and-a-half, regardless of what this report might say — Study: recognition of facial expressions not universal.

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Anonymous Rowman said...

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.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


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.

11:39 PM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

My mother in law (Chinese-Filipina) has told me this point blank. "All white people look the same."

She's delightfully un-politically correct!

1:50 AM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...



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!

3:40 AM  

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