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Q: Ever fall victim to the 'they all look alike' syndrome?

  Had a woman in Yangshuo once, laugh in surprise that i'd turned up to her restaurant for the fourth time that week, though in actual fact i'd never been there before. I smiled and said "No worries, we foreigners all look the same." It's happened a bunch of times actually. Even had one Chinese girl mistake me for someone who was a friend of hers. Again i'd never met the girl. Works both ways though, i've found myself stumped a number of times when some stranger's walked up and said, "Hi (ahem) mArtiAn, how are you?" only to find that I haven't a clue who they are. Really embarrassing. One time I even made that mistake with a friend's wife. Even gave her a bit of a dirty look at first 'cause I thought she was just gawping. Really 'really' embarrassing. And now i've done it again this morning with a neighbour who I see all the time. Really friendly bloke who's always smiling. Turns out he works in the library and I chatted with him about work and bla bla bla for about three minutes while I was getting a book, then he comes out with (in Chinese) "Maybe i'll speak to your wife about my kid joining your classes" to which I, slightly abruptly, said "How'd 'you' know my wife?" only to see his face drop as he explained he lived next door and i've seen him about 100 times since I moved in. Now I feel like a real turd.  Oh well.........I guess turds happen. 

  You make this mistake much, or get it made about you?

6 years 42 weeks ago in  General  - China

 
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Yeah i am mistaken for Brad Pitt daily or was that Charlie Sheen ?
Come to think of it
Mr Bean sounds about right

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I do it all the time.  Ill be walking and someone will say " Hi Mike"  and i confusingly say it back and hurry on only for my wife to call me a moron and that this is the blah blah blah.

I cant watch Chinese movies, Im always like " Is this guy the good guy or the bad guy"? 

My wife watches the stupid damn , Where are we going dad? 爸爸去那儿?  And I still have no idea which is which.  So I feel your pain.

 

But on the other half of your question. Perhaps I have a memorable face because I havent experienced people not recognizing me.  I can go to a random store or drink shop once, and the 2nd time ill go they seem to have remembered my order, and love to show me that they know it. But I have heard many Chinese say that we all look the same.

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Actually happened to a friend of mine who's parents are Chinese but she was born in New Zealand. We walked into a tattoo parlour and the artist said she had done three tattoos on my friend before, but we were going for her to get her first. 

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My girlfriend has an identical twin sister. Can't get anymore confusing than that. Trust me...

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Never had that happen to me but many Chinese look the same to me. I see women all the time that look like my GF. I was with a friend one night and thought another girl looked so much like her that I asked if they were sisters. No.

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Literally had a student tell me she didn't watch Western movies before, because "you foreigners all look alike, so it's hard to tell who is who."

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Physical resemblance is a fact of life.  And we don't have to go to extreme cases like twins. 

 

More than that, there is occupational resemblance.  It is amazing how often this happens to me. When I am inside a hospital, be it to attend a health talk, visiting a friend who is sick, as a volunteer...etc. invariably  nurses would mistaken me for a doctor. They would greet me with a smile and say, "on duty doctor?" and I, not wanting to correct/embarass them, saying they've made the kind of mistake that of all people, them is the last I expect to make. So, I am invariably caught embarrassed, not knowing what to say. If it is a ward, a nurse would pull my friend aside and ask, "your friend is a doctor, right?"  No, I am NOT.  The next occupation I often get mistaken for by members within that occupation is, a cop. The 'closest call' was a very attractive young lady officer who stopped the police van she was driving (I was hiking) in the middle of the road, smiled and asked, "sir, want a lift back to the station?"   No, thanks! 

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Yeah i am mistaken for Brad Pitt daily or was that Charlie Sheen ?
Come to think of it
Mr Bean sounds about right

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Where's Martian anyway? I'm thinking, he might run out of fuel at return to Earth.

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I just luuuuuv it when Asians make such bold (and stupid) comments saying "all us westerns look alike".  Are you fooking kiding me !  Jeez, think about it for a moment at the absurdity such comments are. Do I really need to state the obvious here people ? Generally, a lot of Asians have the same hair color, eye color and facial features. Koreans and main island japanese go a step further and have the same skin color, and roughly the same height (its funny to see foreigners towering over them in the crowds in the cities).  Etc. i can go on and on here.   Caucasian westerners have a broad range of hair and eye color, along with facial features, and skin variation.

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Happened to me many times...  in my defense... meeting people in China is extremely overwhelming sometimes... just too many people. 

 

Many Chinese even agree with this and fake pretending to recognize people. They also forget their names and instead call them... beautiful lady, or big brother to try and sound warm and close to mask their lack of recollection. 

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In each photo, without the costumes, based on facial features only, can you tell these Korean guys and girls apart? They are all members of popular k-pop groups. The thing with young Koreans is, 1. cosmetic surgery is extremely popular 2. they have a "universal" standard of physical beauty.

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