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Old 05-09-2015, 03:25 AM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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That's very true. Out here in PA, there's always been a Chinese community centered in Philadelphia. So, naturally most people in eastern PA assume all Asians are Chinese here.
Yeah, I was born in Seattle and spent chunks of my childhood there between being in different parts of the US, then moved to LA when I was 18. I had lots of Asian or Asian-American pals and grew up knowing the difference between the countries and cultures. Growing up in a military family and had family members who had been in WW2, Korea, and Vietnam helped too. When we moved to Boston in '97, it was practically like the King of the Hill episode where they meet the Laotian neighbor for the first time.

"Are you Chinese or Japanese?"
"I am from Laos, it is a small landlocked country by Vietnam and Cambodia."
"... so are you Chinese or Japanese?"

It's better there now
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Old 05-09-2015, 04:08 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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^Eh I feel like people everywhere just don't know much about the rest of the world, not just Americans. I've heard stories about how Taiwanese were mistaken as Thai abroad because of how similar Taiwan and Thailand sound like and I've experienced the exact same stuff myself in France.

And Asians are no better.
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Old 05-09-2015, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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Oh, it's true. It's Not like there's any country where the average person sits there poring over an atlas with their friends for leisure. America gets a bum rap for this but other places are just as bad, and I've discovered in my time here that most of the folks from continental Europe know considerably less about Asia than the Americans here. I've heard it break down into an argument over how Americans are idiots because they can't identify Estonia or Romania on a map, but then the European person has no idea what countries comprise china's eastern border despite living here. And, as I've said in another thread, I have students in fourth and fifth grade who think that Russia is a small European country and are shocked to discover that it's the biggest nation on earth and shares a northern border with China.
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Old 05-09-2015, 08:46 PM
 
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Oh, it's true. It's Not like there's any country where the average person sits there poring over an atlas with their friends for leisure. America gets a bum rap for this but other places are just as bad, and I've discovered in my time here that most of the folks from continental Europe know considerably less about Asia than the Americans here. I've heard it break down into an argument over how Americans are idiots because they can't identify Estonia or Romania on a map, but then the European person has no idea what countries comprise china's eastern border despite living here. And, as I've said in another thread, I have students in fourth and fifth grade who think that Russia is a small European country and are shocked to discover that it's the biggest nation on earth and shares a northern border with China.
I get the same feelings from whites in general (Spaniards and Portuguese are the sole exception), when it comes to Latin America. Most people can point on a map and find Mexico, maybe Cuba and Brazil, but nothing else. When I go to Asia, I wonder what people might think of me. There's a whole group of Japanese in my university that actually thought, and I'm not kidding, I am 1/4 Japanese. And here's the kicker, they thought that because my hair is "too dark and too smooth" to be European, and my eyes too dark. So, to them, a white person must have blond hair, fair skin, and blue or green eyes. So, someone like me who is southwest European, is assumed to be mixed race with East Asian. Even the Chinese waitresses here asked my stepfather in Chinese, if I was his half-blood son .

Anyway, my point is just like yours, I hate it when people (mostly Canadians and Europeans) stereotype Americans as wholly ignorant of the world, when other countries and peoples out there are far worse with geography than Americans
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Old 05-09-2015, 08:54 PM
 
Location: East Central Pennsylvania/ Chicago for 6yrs.
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With a BILLION PEOPLE... China can build a Toronto added to Shanghai every few years or less and are.
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Singapore
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^Eh I feel like people everywhere just don't know much about the rest of the world, not just Americans. I've heard stories about how Taiwanese were mistaken as Thai abroad because of how similar Taiwan and Thailand sound like and I've experienced the exact same stuff myself in France.

And Asians are no better.
Strangely enough, i never had this problem; everytime I mention when i come from, I usually get the same responses:

"OMG, have you ever been canned before?"
"So you have never tried chewing gum before?"
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:15 PM
 
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Strangely enough, i never had this problem; everytime I mention when i come from, I usually get the same responses:

"OMG, have you ever been canned before?"
"So you have never tried chewing gum before?"
Welcome to the club lol
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Old 05-09-2015, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Taipei
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Strangely enough, i never had this problem; everytime I mention when i come from, I usually get the same responses:

"OMG, have you ever been canned before?"
"So you have never tried chewing gum before?"
Probably because Singapore is much more well-known.
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Old 05-09-2015, 11:17 PM
 
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Oh, it's true. It's Not like there's any country where the average person sits there poring over an atlas with their friends for leisure. America gets a bum rap for this but other places are just as bad, and I've discovered in my time here that most of the folks from continental Europe know considerably less about Asia than the Americans here. I've heard it break down into an argument over how Americans are idiots because they can't identify Estonia or Romania on a map, but then the European person has no idea what countries comprise china's eastern border despite living here. And, as I've said in another thread, I have students in fourth and fifth grade who think that Russia is a small European country and are shocked to discover that it's the biggest nation on earth and shares a northern border with China.
Most humans are just stupid, my Chinese political science teacher didn't even know where Palestine was.
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Old 06-23-2015, 10:55 PM
 
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Shanghai, and Tokyo are top Asian World class cities, and offer a vast phenomenal, and entertaining urban reality of surrounding atmosphere rarely having any other equal parallel on Planet Earth. A city's international global status is not only about the total amount of inhabitants. There is other important variables involved. One of the many wonders of life is why Shanghai doesn't get a ton of extra respect, and attention.

Is there anywhere around Tokyo resembling The Bund, or French Concession areas of Shanghai with lots of stunning European style architecture right in Asia? Pudong of Shanghai is on another level compared with any Tokyo equivalent.

I rather spend time around Shanghai compared with Tokyo Japan lately, and there is an even higher amount of tourism landmark sights over there with my own life. Shanghai is an emerging tourist hot spot, and an astronomically bright future. Tokyo is not stagnating, yet slowing down compared with the other city. Although, there is hypnotic allure with each city.
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