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Old 10-09-2014, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I live in a beach area myself, and have been mistaken by an employee when I've been at a restaurant once or twice. I've shrugged, said, huh? Don't work here, and walked away from them. No offense; no big deal.
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Old 10-09-2014, 02:07 PM
 
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Not to mention once she opened her mouth to speak, the locals would know she was a tourist.
The lilt of a Jamaican accent and Aruban too is hard to imitate, lovely sound to the ears though
lol True, true...was going to post that but had to run. thanks for adding that!
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Old 10-09-2014, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Westside Houston
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I d love to be mistaken for a local.

I am an asian male, love to joke and kid.
Many times people are comfortable enough to ask, hey chris. Where are you from.

My response, I am Hawaiian dude.
People. Oh wow. Yeah which island?
My response. The big one, oh yeah it's beautiful. Nice clear water, good food, lots to see and do.
People: wow what brings you to texas
My response: work, had to get off the vacation life.

I can go on and on. It's fun.

Never been to hawaii
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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I d love to be mistaken for a local.

I am an asian male, love to joke and kid.
Many times people are comfortable enough to ask, hey chris. Where are you from.

My response, I am Hawaiian dude.
People. Oh wow. Yeah which island?
My response. The big one, oh yeah it's beautiful. Nice clear water, good food, lots to see and do.
People: wow what brings you to texas
My response: work, had to get off the vacation life.

I can go on and on. It's fun.

Never been to hawaii
Nice try, but this wouldn't work on me. I've been to the Big Island four times, so as soon as you told me you were from there, I'd start asking you about what part of it you lived in, whether you prefer Hilo or Kona, why you prefer one over the other, what you think of the Volcano and the Hamakua Coast and Waipio Valley, which brands of guava juice and macadamia nuts are your favorite, which of the three cross-island highways do you tend to use when going from one side to the other, and why . . . and so on.

Oh, and by the way, when they say "Hawaiian," they tend to mean it as a racial descriptor, not as a catch-all term for a resident of the state. If you're Asian, you can certainly be a resident of Hawaii; but you're not Hawaiian.

You're right, though: it's beautiful, the water is nice and clear (much more so on the Kona side), the food is good, and there's lots of things to see and do. You really ought to pay a visit.

Now, if you told me that you were from Seoul or Beijing or Tokyo, you could tell me whatever you wanted and I wouldn't know any better; I've never been to those places. Though, then I'd wonder how your English got to be so good if you weren't from this country.
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Old 10-10-2014, 07:18 AM
 
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Once, I went to Target wearing a red shirt.
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Cedar Park, Texas
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OP probably think, how dare those people on the island disrespect me. Don't they know I am upper middle class by the way i carry my LV bag.
Likely FAKE LV bag......
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Altadena, CA
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I actually love the beautiful weather and beach in Caribbean countries, such as Jamaica, Aruba, Antigua, etc, but I hate being mistaken as a local, especially while staying at very nice/exclusive resorts. I'm not sure if there is anything that I can do, to make it more apparent that I'm not a local, other than consistently wear very dressy clothes, but if I'm on vacation, I prefer to be comfortable. It just gets very frustrating being perceived as a local, when I'm not.

When the local men speak to me in their "native language," and I respond with a very American accent, they always seem perplexed. I can't say that I dress like the local women. For the most part, I typically wear sun dresses and nice sandals when I'm walking around.

Has anyone else experienced this, while visiting the Caribbean?
I can understand your annoyance, but for me, I have been mistaken for a local - or rather, someone who looks like I know where landmarks are, especially in London.

But in your case, I think it can be annoying for you to be mistaken for 'the help' while in Caribbean, and that is so not cool. After all, you're spending a lot of money to visit there and I'm sure you're dressing nice, but comfortable and you are so relaxed while there. So if people think that based on your ethnicity and your comfort level with the surroundings that you are a local or a worker in the area, that can be irritating.

Just continue to enjoy it and ignore the people who make assumptions about your purpose for being there.
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Altadena, CA
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Why are people of mixed/African descent labeled, "African American," and not simply American? My ancestry has roots which are grounded in America for over 400 years. Are you European American? Please do not refer to me as African American. Although I have visited nations in Africa, I can't say that I personally identify with the culture, customs or languages, since again, my family has been in the U.S. for over 400 years (probably far longer than your ancestry).

I also do not like the label "black." I have yet to meet anyone with black skin, so why classify me as such? I find it insulting to be quite honest, because if you look up the term "black" in the dictionary, it is a very negative and despicable word.

Lastly, I do not like being mistaken for an Aruban, or any other type of "local." I am told that it's due to my features and curly hair, but I personally find it insulting, since the locals are primarily the servers, and I do not project a low income vibe at all. My husband and I are upper middle class. Obviously, he doesn't have this problem because he is blonde/blue. Also, it never happens when I'm out with him, only during the early morning hours when I'm jogging on the beach, or walking throughout the resort w/out him.

I share your sentiments 110%!
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Old 10-10-2014, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Once, I went to Target wearing a red shirt.
Oh, that was you? I'm the guy who thought you worked there and asked where I could find men's socks, office supplies, and Up and Up deoderant. Now I understand why you gave me a haughty, annoyed look and stomped away. Sorry about that.
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Old 10-10-2014, 11:37 AM
 
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Oh, that was you? I'm the guy who thought you worked there and asked where I could find men's socks, office supplies, and Up and Up deoderant. Now I understand why you gave me a haughty, annoyed look and stomped away. Sorry about that.
Only because I thought I was in Walmart and couldn't understand why you were asking me about Up & Up deodorant!
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