May 19th, 2013, 11:05 pm

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227-What's in a race?

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daviddoesntgetit May 19th, 2013, 9:47 pm

Miriam said she felt bad about the guy who thought we were Chinese saying he shouldn't have felt embarrassed, I agree. But Connor's also right, I'm not really sure what he was trying to do there, haha.

Felt like drawing this 'cause one time a reader asked if there was ever a time where someone had mistaken our race and then this came up. Hopefully this makes up for that other comic, haha.

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BASS May 19th, 2013, 11:40 pm

I can't understand the obsession the states have with peoples race. I don't even know my own other than just being mixed hahahaha

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Helix_luco May 20th, 2013, 5:12 am

somehow, i get the feeling that guy just started taking chinese classes and wanted to use that to make some small talk, without thinking it through properly. studying a new language is a little bit like when you get a new power tool and you start looking for things that need 'repair' or 'improvement'.

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Sunset* May 20th, 2013, 7:33 am

@daviddoesntgetit: This can happen to a lot of people for one tries to identify qualities of a race at a distance quickly(something like I am guessing) so stereotype tend to be used a lot.
I was born in the U.S but my parents are from El Salvador so it is normal that I would know English more but what interested or surprised me was this one time when a teacher asked who was Spanish I raised my hand (so did a few other) then I heard a number of astonished or maybe surprised girls saying he Spanish. The was also this other time a girl commented that I was not like the average Spanish person that I was too mannerly or calm ( hearing this shocked me slightly for this sort of made me think I was strange).

There was this girl named Cindy and weeks passed and during those weeks I thought she was an American because just like me she seemed American and the fact her skin was so light; this a mistake in my part but man she was made when I told her that for she said has been mistaken for an American very often.

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daviddoesntgetit May 21st, 2013, 1:25 am

@BASS: Haha. I'm not too sure myself.

@Helix_luco: That's what I thought but then I thought... if he was taking Chinese classes, shouldn't he be able to tell we WEREN'T speaking Chinese?

@Sunset*: Ah, well. I don't think that first guy was making that assumption based off looks, but rather that we were speaking a foreign language.

Well, it's no big deal. Race does dictate what kind of culture you grew up in so I guess people are curious. No harm in that. Mistakes happen.

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Wolfdarling May 21st, 2013, 10:25 am

@daviddoesntgetit: I'm surprised he didnt think you're korean, there is so many koreans in NOVA especially in annedale hahaha

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daviddoesntgetit June 3rd, 2013, 3:44 pm

@Wolfdarling: Haha, actually, considering the time period he was talking about, there weren't that many Koreans in the area yet.

I grew up in Annandale and our dad still lives there, haha. There weren't that many Koreans living at the time, but there are now. The area our dad lives in is almost all minorities, I think.

Oh, right, on another note, I didn't give any indication where I came from so he didn't guess my race 'cause I said I was from NoVA, he guessed it just by looking at me. Haha. Then he mentioned he had lived there and that's when we responded that was where we were from, haha. Thus the shock! Pretty amazing.