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When People Get Your Ethnicity Wrong.....
May 31, 2012 at 9:37 AM

 Do you correct them or just let it go? Personally, I correct them because I'm proud to be Hawaiian. So when people assume Native American or Latina, I have to say something...politely of course.


  • education_mom
    June 13, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    I correct them politely beacuse like you, I am proud of my heritage. I often get mistaken for Chinese. 

    educationmom (google it if you're curious as I"m not allowed to post a URL). :)

  • foxysugarlove
    July 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Sometimes I politely correct but other times I just smile and keep it moving. It depends on who I'm talking to.

  • Army_Angel83
    September 7, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    I correct them, it gets really funny if you get me, my half sister and my cousins wife together.

    I'm Japanese, my sister is Korean, my cousins wife is Filipino

    We have a blast messing people up

  • jen_keiko
    January 31, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    I correct people, only because they ask... "Are you...?" I guess b/c i'm hapa (half & half) I look white-something but it's pretty ambiguous. LoL I'm also proud to be Japanese b/c that was the side of the family I was raised by (my dad's family lives in Oklahoma & I grew up/live in Hawaii)

  • guam_mama
    January 31, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    I'm half white half pacific islander and I have gotten called EVERYTHING under the sun, no joke, you name it people have mistaken me for, white, japanes, chinese, korean, hispanic, spanish, french, native american, eskimo...but I love it because it's entertaining LOL plus it makes me feel unique.

  • mamavalor
    January 31, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    People think I am Korean because of my married name and people think hubby is Chinese because he looks Chinese.

  • mychinababy
    February 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    People will often mistake my children for being half Mexican and I will always correct them. They are half Chinese.

  • 0Glitter0
    February 10, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    hi, i am researching my family tree, i am from all over the place, lol people think you are suppose to look a certain way and put people into these  categories, trust me i know, my grandmother is  mixed with NA, German, African American and she has blonde hair , blue eyes and pale white skin, when i would tell them her background they would laugh, people need to learn alot more, that is what i am doing, i love the spice of life!

  • Sama2Mamma
    February 11, 2013 at 12:42 AM
    People always think im korean. Even Filipinos and Koreans think that lol.
  • jellybeanjean
    February 11, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    I usually correct them. Most people don't know the country where my mom is from(Myanmar - formerly knows as Burma) so it kind of turns into a lengthy explanation ....that gets a little tiring. Plus I'm mixed to I kind of expect people to get it wrong!

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