Tell the difference between Japanese and Chinese people.
I can tell if somebody is Chinese or Japanese. however I’ve noticed that for most people, they find it hard to distinguish this difference. It may be that I am full Chinese (Cantonese) therefore i can tell easily, but I’ve only lived in England however i watch TVB (Chinese channel). In the town I live, i know about 100 Chinese people (Cantonese and Mandarin), a few Japanese and little Korean. Many people get Japanese, Chinese and Korean people mixed up. If a group of us go out, people normally assume that we are all the same race.
Note: This article is not meant to offensive.
These are some features that you may notice. It doesn’t apply for everybody as every-body’s different due to their genes and inheritance but the people i know mainly have these features.
A physical feature is that Chinese have wider cheek bones than Japanese therefore have a rounder face and Japanese have a longer face. This is true for 98 out of the 100 Chinese people I know. Nose
A very easy way to tell is the height of the nose. The Japanese have a sharper nose than the Chinese.
Japanese also are more like a wheat colour for complexion. People who were not born in Asia, they have lighter skin and can get tans. I have very light skin.
Both Chinese and Japanese people have dark brown eyes. Chinese eyes go up a little more then Japanese but you can’t really tell. Most Japanese people seem to have wider eyes than Chinese. Its hard to tell from the eyes as mostly every-body’s eyes are different.
Both Chinese and Japanese have black hair. Some have very dark brown hair like me. These days many like getting highlights so its not best to rely on hair colour. Some dye their hair a lot too.
Test yourself: look at these photos, after reading these features, can you tell which one is Chinese or Japanese?
These photos are probably not the best to show but i couldn’t find any other better photos. You should be able to know as the photos differ. (Answers are at the bottom)
If your still not sure how to tell, you can tell by their accents. I can tell easily by how they talk, i don’t even need to see how they look like. I know if they speak their native language. But if you don’t understand any of those languages, Japanese is something that Americans can usually pronounce, while Cantonese (type of Chinese) is much more like a goose talking. Most Chinese people have the “Chinese” accent, if you hear them speaking their native language, you should hear them saying ”ah” “lah” “gah” at the end of their sentences. Some who are very “Asian” even say it while speaking English. However many brought up in another country, don’t have this accent.
To be 100% sure, just ask them, however some people can get offended if you guess wrong. For me, I don’t but i do get annoyed if people keep asking me over and over again especially if its the same person as they forget. A few of my friends do that…
Answers: Photo A is Chinese. Photo B is Japanese.