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Old 07-06-2016, 11:06 AM
Location: Orange County, CA, USA
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Asia, East Asian/Southeast Asia is a large geographical area with many kinds of people. Thus, it is misleading to say all Asians are short. I do not really have much to add to what others have written. But, I can say as others have said the tallest people in East/Southeast Asia seems to be the Northern Chinese and the Koreans. Then after that I would say the Japanese, Taiwanese, Southern Chinese, after that would be Southeast Asians. I am of Taiwanese background, I have also personally observed (thus, I know it is not scientific) quite a few Northern Chinese and Koreans who are "tall" (meaning above 178cm). I am taller than both of my parents, but shorter than my 2 brothers who are 180cm and 179cm. My youngest cousin in Taiwan is 184cm. But, then there are Koreans who are my height as well. While I am taller than most of my Filipino and Vietnamese friends. There seems to be a pattern that the tallest seems to be from more north and the shortest seems to from more south. That also seems to be the case in Europe.

NOTE: I do believe height is a combination of nutrition and genetics. Past generations, did not have the benefit of good nutrition as now. Thus, they could not reach their genetic height potential. Proper nutrition helps people reach their genetic height potential.

Old 07-06-2016, 11:32 AM
Location: Taipei
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^Sure nutrition plays a big part, but Taiwan has no problem on the nutrition department, it's not like we are a poor country or anything. That poster seemed to be suggesting that we have such issue, which couldn't be further from the reality.
Old 07-06-2016, 11:39 AM
Location: San Francisco, California
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when I watch international news and they show typical people on the streets of China / Korea / Japan, they still mostly look like short people, doesnt matter if it North China or Korea

maybe a few members are taller than average, but they are still not the majority of the population.
Old 07-17-2016, 09:18 PM
Location: Arizona
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Young generation Chinese are much taller than 'official' numbers you see on Internet. I'm 5'11" but it's below the median when back in high school. I'm from northeast China and I would say the young gen are as tall as their peers in the US.
Old 07-18-2016, 03:55 PM
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Tallest Asian female i ever saw was Northern Chinese, 189 cm (6'2). Met her while she was working in a Kebab place in Tokyo.
Old 07-26-2016, 12:18 PM
Location: USA
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I think I'm one of the few cases where I never grew to be taller than either of my parents, not even my mom. My mom is 5'7 and my dad is 5'10, but I'm only 5'3. But then there is my aunt and her family, who is around 5'6 and my uncle is probably around the same height as my dad, yet my cousin (the older of her two kids) is at least 6'something and his sister is probably my height (and she's only 9 or 10).

I'm Filipino, and we're known for being short. My mom's family is quite tall, while my dad's family is split. Out of five children, three of them are shorter and darker skinned (my dad included), while the other two were tall and lighter skinned. I guess I got my dad's genes with height. I was born in Mandaluyong but I moved to the U.S. at 6 years old. It's been over a decade since I moved, and I would always wonder, why didn't I grow taller!!
Old 07-29-2016, 09:01 AM
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How humans have changed in height in the last 100 years - CNN.com

Looks like Koreans are the tallest
Old 07-29-2016, 09:50 AM
Location: San Francisco, California
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Originally Posted by Ebck120 View Post
the news story says being tall is associated with living longer?

I always thought taller people live shorter lives? I rarely hear of big & tall people living a long life, they usually die sooner than average size people.

how often do you see an elderly tall man?
Old 07-30-2016, 12:04 PM
Location: Taipei
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So according to the report, the average height of men born in 1996 in Asian countries, top 10 (sans Middle East and the ex-Soviets I guess):

1. South Korea 174.9 (51st out of all countries)
2. Taiwan 174.5 (57th)
3. Hong Kong 173.6 (66th)
4. Singapore 172.6 (84th)
5. North Korea 172.0 (90th)
6. China 171.8 (93rd)
7. Japan 170.8 (102nd)
8. Thailand 169.2 (121st)
9. Malaysia 169.0 (137th)
10. Maldives 167.7 (142nd)

Source: Rankings - Mean Height > Height > Data Visualisations > NCD-RisC

I have hard time believing that North Koreans are only a tiny bit shorter than South Koreans, I thought they were all really short due to malnutrition.

I think the data for Taiwan are more or less accurate though. I don't feel like a tall person at all around people who are my age and I'm like 5'11. Most other guys are either just a bit shorter, approximately my height, or a lot taller than me.

I also don't understand why they classify Korea, Japan, and Singapore high income while Taiwan and Hong Kong are not. That's pretty stupid.
Old 08-02-2016, 10:26 PM
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Japanese are well-known to be short in Asia, with average height being the lowest among East Asians. This makes them the least physically attractive in the region. Living in warmer regions, Taiwanese and Southern Chinese men are generally no shorter than the Japanese. North Koreans are extremely fit due to long time of conscription. Tallness of Koreans is due to genetics and climate. In general, the colder the place, the taller the people. Korea is in fact colder than most of Japan in winter.

Taiwanese and HK men with Northern Chinese ancestors are taller. Jeremy Lin is an example though he did not grow up in Taiwan.

In 1996, Japan had higher income level than the 4 dragons but this has changed already.
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