sure, westerners can hardly tell the difference. but so do asians.
just lately a lady approached me at the airport and talked chinese. she was surprised when i said i'm sorry but i couldn't understand her. "you're not chinese?" she said, somewhat aghast.
at a recent function (specifically an iftar for the muslim ramadan), an asian guy approached me and said, "i'm buddhist." he looked disappointed when i answered, "i'm catholic." he must have hoped that i would be a buddhist judging by my looks.
well, the japanese i've met had said i look chinese while the chinese said i look japanese. no one dared claim me. i still have to hear that i look korean. but i've been mistaken for a thai and vietnamese. no foreigner outside the philippines ever said that i'm a filipino.
hey, anybody out there in space? i'm a boholano!