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James C. Taylor
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 Mikael Bergkvist wrote:
...so I'm not one of those Europeans who go after America at every turn.

Good to know.
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You can tell a Japanese from a Korean by eyesight alone, eh?


I'm not sure; it's been a whle since I tested myself.  But I can tell Korean and Japanese names apart, which is darn better than what most Americans can do. 


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Care to explain how?

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They just have different features, and you pick up on it being around them all the time. I'm not saying there is some checklist which lets you figure it out, or that all Koreans and Japanese fit into these specific categories or are easily identifiable. But it's like picking out someone who is Irish or Italian or Swedish. Some people have features which let you identify their background immediately, while others are just "Um... you're white."
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I think sometimes you can tell if someone is from a Korean background  There are some different features sometimes.
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 Michael Roberts wrote:
Some people have features which let you identify their background immediately, while others are just "Um... you're white."

Oh, so you can't. Got it.
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 David Miller wrote:
I'm not sure; it's been a whle since I tested myself.

Oh, so you can't. Got it.


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But I can tell Korean and Japanese names apart, which is darn better than what most Americans can do.

They have a handy compendium of what most Americans can and can't do that you consult on a regular basis?
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Oh, so you can't. Got it.

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I can guess with a better accuracy than a lot of people, I guess. And the number of people who've attempted to talk to me in Japanese is silly, because I look nowhere near Japanese.
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 Michael Roberts wrote:
I can guess with a better accuracy than a lot of people, I guess.

Need I even say anything?
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Need I even say anything?

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Fine. But the people who think I'm Japanese are really clueless.
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So, Michael, two totally non-hostile questions:

Where are you from?

Why doesn't it say so underneath your name?
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Oh, so you can't. Got it.


This is what I'm talking about.  If you won't even make a distinction between "I think I can" and "I can't," how are you going to tell the difference between how someone gets their powers?  That make you part of the problem; you might was well throw acid on Peter Parker and call him a mutie. 


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 David Miller wrote:
If you won't even make a distinction between "I think I can" and "I can't"...

In the context of what you are proposing that you can do, there is no distinction. Either you can (and know you can) or you can't. You have been honest enough to admit that you think you can but do not know if you can.

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If you won't even make a distinction between "I think I can" and "I can't," how are you going to tell the difference between how someone gets their powers?

Because I call you on your admitted less than certainty of your ability to tell Japanese and Koreans apart, it means that I would make no distinction between Spider-Man and Magneto? The two are completely unrelated to each other.

By the way, how much time have you actually spent in America (and which part?)
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