Answers to the Japanese, Chinese, and Korean Faces Quiz

I want to thank you for your answers, especially the brave souls that posted in the comments section. I want things to be open here at the Japan Guy so wrong answers aren’t a bad thing at all, I’m just happy you took the time to make a guess. Okay so for the men, here were the pictures that I showed you the other day:


Left: Korean (Kwan Sang Woo)
Center: Chinese (This one I’m having trouble with, because it’s hard to find an accurate bio of him…does anyone recognize the face? When I posted he came up as a Chinese actor, but the only name attached to the pic was Abe (which doesn’t sound Chinese at all). MOST LIKELY Chinese, but kind of a mystery :( ,
Right: Japanese (Satoshi Tsumabuki)

UPDATE: The man in the center is of Chinese descent. Singer Wang Lee Hom. Thanks for the help, Steph! ;)

And now for the women:


Left: Japanese (Hiroko Sato)
Center: Chinese (Gong Li)
Right: Korean (Han Ye Seul)

With the exception of the center male photo, did you guess correctly. If not, don’t worry, I didn’t either :) . Thanks for trying.

Donald Ash

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  • devin

    I don’t remember my answers were since I didn’t have the courage to post them but I know it would have been an epic fail! haha

    * Devin bows to those who answered *

  • Steph

    Ah the center male is a Chinese-American singer Wang Leehom. I got all the males right but mixed up the Chinese and Korean for the females…oops

    • Donald Ash

      Thank you so much, Steph! I had been trying to figure out who he was for the longest. Cool! Good job on the quiz :)

    • momiji nokimi

      Same here. The last lady screwed me over so hard. I thought she was Japanese because of her pretty eyes then I saw the first lady then I realised no thats the Japanese lady not the third one. Then the middle one didn’t look Korean but the third one didn’t look Korean either. What the hell.

  • Andrea

    I actually got them all correct! :D The easiest way to tell the difference between them is that the Japanese are a bit more Caucasian looking since there was probably some mingling with them around the time of the war. Koreans usually have slightly smaller eyes and more of a round face. The Chinese have larger eyes than most Koreans and have a nose that doesn’t have as much of a bridge as the nose of a Japanese person (kind of in between a Korean and Japanese nose). But sometimes it’s complicated to tell because they could have mingled with people from other Asian countries. :/

    • Donald Ash

      KUDOS! KUDOS!! KUDOS!!! You are officially the first person to get them all right, Andrea (goodness knows I couldn’t do it!). Thanks for posting about the little nuances that helped you figure it out. CONGRATS!

  • kris

    i got the center dude right. and i got all my women right tht just means i pay more attention to the women then to the men lol

    • Doug

      Same here, I got all the females correct but none of the males.

      • Donald Ash

        Nice work, Doug. You did better than me and I made freakin’ quiz! LOL :D

  • TheJazuma

    The Chinese guy is Wang Lee Hom

    • Donald Ash

      Thanks Jazuma. I appreciate that!

  • Zei

    The guy in the center is the hardest to guess but I got everything right. As for the rest of them it was easy to tell. Except for the looks there’s something about the aura around them that they are who they are. But then again it’s probably because I’m also Asian that’s why it easy.

  • Rie

    That’s hard. I’m asian too but it’s hard for me to differentiate between korean, japanese and chinese. I got all the men wrong , but I got the korean girl right.

    • julia nguyen

      Me too i got all the men wrong but all i got all the asian women right though

  • Varun

    I got both the Chinese right, but I mixed up the Koran and Japanese faces. :D I’m Asian, BTW.

  • The girls were easy especially since Gong Li is international known Chinese actress. But the guys were not as easy especially since the one in the middle is of Chinese-Japanese heritage.

    • Truthsayer

      The one in the middle is Wang Lee Hom, a very popular Taiwanese singer. Please, no need to argue with people who are in Asia.

  • Maya

    The guy in the middle is actually Tsuyoshi Abe, and yeah he’s Chinese-Japanese mix. I recognized him from Hana Yori Dango.

    • happy

      The guy in the middle is pure chinese from Taiwan. His name is wang leehom. He is very famous among the chinese.

    • Truthsayer

      It’s Wang Lee Hom, a famous Chinese singer.

  • shameful Taiwanese

    Q.Q I’m taiwanese and I all got it wrong

    • Donald Ash

      Thanks for trying! I had hard time, too, and I made the quiz :( :)

    • saile

      LOL Awww

    • Triple-A-Khaotic1350

      Im American (with heritage of many other countries, and by many, I mean a freaking lot) but I succeeded. Its ok, mistakes are always made. :)

    • disqus

      Lmao how do you not know Wang Lee Hom. His career started in Taiwan. xD

  • Jonathan

    The guy in the middle is Leehom Wang! geez, i still cant believe that there is some asian still dont know who is Leehom ><

  • Natalia

    I got all men right, and 2 women right. I am not Asian, but I know and have met a lot of Japanese and Korean people (and I’ve been to China). I noticed that Japanese people have more bony faces, often large caucasian-looking pointy noses with large bridges, and often non-slanted eyes. Korean people often have rounder faces, with “flatter” noses. Chinese people often have rounder faces but single eyelid, like caucasians, only slanted. Just my observations :)

    • lol

      How do you get 2/3 women right? Shouldn’t be possible using common sense

      • Leanne

        Maybe guessed 2 women as e.g both are chinese haha

        • Manch Hunii

          Chinese women look like william hung and margaret cho

    • Truthsayer

      How could you guess two correct? If you guessed one wrong it means another is wrong. Lol.

    • Manch Hunii

      Chinense are anthropologically “palaungid” (look it up) = proto-Tungid. Chinese are 50% austronesian (austro) origins in Nepal thus chinese most typically look like Malaysian aboriginals having round brown faces, short piggy flat noses, bulbous dark eyeballs, very short limbs and minus a neck, sickly yellow oil china skin, spindly alien hair that sticks up like static electricity or porcupine, crusty fish lips etc. Now you people brag that some of you only look human because of your Altaic seed? Hello?

    • Manch Hunii

      chinense are anthropologically “palaungid” =
      proto-Tungid. Chinese are 70% austronesian ancestral who crawled out
      from Bangkok Thailand to live in the north underneath the Great Wall as to live closeby the NEA master race overlord of asian primitive negritos HOW DARE YOU LITTLE ILLEGAL ALIENS LOL chinese = identical in looks
      and genes to Malaysian negritos. Both have ROUND (brownie) faces, flat
      pig noses, bulbous dark eyeballs, short limbs minus neck, no chin etc.
      Now you people brag that some of you people (from the northeast) only
      look human because of your Altaic seed? Hello? That’s like maybe 2% of
      your entire population hello.

  • tawanese girl look’s like japanese..
    you can take some tawanese’s artist photo…

    Tawanese is chinese, Right?…
    but i couldnt find the same of chinese mainland and tawanese… the both look diffrent…
    i’m okinawan chinese hakka…
    my father is okinawan and my mother is chinese briges in indonesia… i live in indonesia now…
    but in here, they think me just a chinese… one day i said to my friend i’m japanese.. he shocked that…
    he didnt belive…
    so my conclusion, they are sometime hard to diffrent thats are chinese or
    but korean is easier to diffrent that…

    • asianThropology

      in facts japanese is = YDNAsouth chinnese around fujian (guangdong) and taiwan mixture with YDNA korean (largest) + YDNA ainu (large) + a little bit mtDNA russia. Genetic facts, korean close to japan, but japan close to chinnese rather than korea

  • ducky

    Got all women right, clueless with males. Maybe ‘cuz I am a male?

    • Applesauce 21

      I was the same! But I’m a girl

  • Margi

    when you joins the japanese boy and girl, chinese boy and girl, korean boy and girl and it’ll be the
    perfect couples…

  • Applesauce 21

    I got the girls all right but the guys all wrong – interesting :P

  • yu

    Leehom is Taiwanese, not Chinese

    • Elvinci Chen

      american please

    • Chinese guy

      Taiwanese can be considered Chinese. Some do and some don’t consider Taiwanese as Chinese. Also, Leehom was born in the U.S. And guys, in case you didn’t know, Korean and Japanese people tend to look more alike than Chinese and Japanese/Korean. (I’m Chinese, trust me, a lot of my friends are Asian.)

    • Truthsayer

      Taiwanese are ethnic Chinese like Chinese Singaporeans. Struggling against what is a FACT just looks silly.

  • Katee

    I got it all correct!! :DD

  • Kirah

    I got all the guys correct, and the girls i was incorrect with the Chinese and Japanese, but the Korean girl was easy to identify. Guys are easier to identify. ^-^

  • sumo73

    I got all of them correct but I think it would have been harder if the photos were of less famous people.

  • Conor

    I got the women right but failed with the men. I don’t think I did so bad having only spent one week of my life in East Asia.


    I got both men and women right :D

  • Rishi Navam

    I got women right, men wrong XD

    • Pakistani Patriot

      Same here. Inshallah, Kashmir banegaa Pakistan!

  • Pakistani Patriot

    I got the chicks correct! Inshallah, one of those shall be mine!

  • Aly

    I got all the men right, but all the women wrong. Interesting.

  • Hairee Pothead

    Japanese are more likely to have facial Hair cause of Ainu genes.

    • Truthsayer

      Ainu DNA was bred out.

  • pk a name

    Considering that 75% of them got eyelid surgeries… kinda flawed test, even if I got all the guys right, doncha think?!!

    • Derek

      Haha, sorry, no. Eyelid has nothing to do with it, although the percentages will differ. The noses+eyes+eyebrows and for the girls, make up, give it away.

  • Jessica Wilms

    I got all men right and only the woman in the center…its very hard to tell.

  • Joseph

    I got all the women right, but I correctly guessed the Japanese man. I went to school with many Asian exchange students, so I can usually tell the difference between the three countries. They were mostly Korean and Japanese, though. The closest we had to a Chinese student was a girl from Taiwan. Though, I guess Taiwan still counts as having Chinese heritage.

  • Lolll

    Who chene or Japanguy or korea :) I’m Live In “Isreal ” But I’m Arbic :)

  • Lolll

    I’m Live I’n Isreal :) Now raining

  • Lolll

    انا عربي

  • Lolll

    Yup :D :D :)

  • Lolll

    I love Korea and I love Japan and I love China

    • Lajos Kelemen

      Me too, yet I got it all wrong

  • Lolll

    There are pictures in my phone for Japan, China and the Curia, I printed images with regards Natalia

  • Guest

    مرحبا يا يابان والصين والكوريا انا احبكم لا تنسوني انا احبكم كلكم كلكم انا اسمي ناتاليا يمكننا ان اتعرف على يابان او صيني او كورية ارجوكم

  • Lolll

    Oh hello Japan, China and the Curia, I love you, I love you not Tnsona all of you all of you My name is Natalia We can not know the Japanese or Chinese or Korean ÇŃĚćßă


  • LikeASomebooody

    I got all the women correct but the guys.. umm… o_o

  • Kefas Osi

    i got some . but i guess No one is perfect.

  • Leanne

    The woman part, I thought the one at the center is the japanese! Even though at first I was confident the one on the left is the japanese…

  • jeffhill2012

    Holy cow. I got every woman right and every man wrong! Man, what are the odds of that?

    • Liverpiggy

      Me too bud!

    • rachybaby

      I got every man right and every woman wrong.

    • Anon

      Me too lol

      • JasonAcura

        I got all the giys right and all girls wrong

    • MaximusX67

      Same here …. I nailed the women! (Q|Q)

      – but I only got the Chinese guy correct.

  • Anonymouse

    Purely guessing, but I managed to get them all right. Does it sound odd if I say I just looked at each of them and thought “they look Japanese, Chinese, Korean”?

    I actually feel good that I managed to get them right. I’m not Asian and I haven’t been around a great number of Asian people, so it feels good that to me they look likw all separate people and the whole “White people think all Asians look alike” stereotype doesn’t apply.

  • I got them all right except the chinese guy n the japanese guy i got mixed up woot! Its kinda hard to tell with those to

  • Courie

    I got them all right! I can tell the difference.

  • Dawn LaRae Jones

    i guessed all the women right, and i only got one of the dudes right.

  • Shania

    I got all the guys right, but all the girls wrong. I feel bad because people get really offended when you can’t tell if they are Korean or Japanese or Chinese, but it is so hard for me. Maybe if I was surrounded by them I would be able to make a distinction. I live around Detroit, MI, so I don’t really see a lot of Asians.

    • Truthsayer

      That’s weird. None of my Asian American friends get that way. In fact all freely admit to me they cannot tell one another apart without knowing their names! What kind of people do you talk to?

    • Truthsayer

      And you have done nothing wrong in being unable to tell. I’ve done research into this. They’re the same race with mixed DNA. Some people especially the ethnocentric ones can’t tell the difference between race and culture/nationality and make a big deal out of something that means nothing. It’s not your fault.

      • Liverpiggy

        We’re all the same race! There is only one and its the Human Race

    • Miss Cellany

      Its fine.
      Most Asians living in Asia can’t tell a French person from a Spanish person from an Italian person either. They all look like “westerners” to them :)

      Actually… I have trouble telling apart Spaniards from Italians… and I’m part Spanish AND part Italian xD

    • Derek

      Hm, not too big of a deal. As long as you can kind of tell or at least distinguish between people, tis all cool. I don’t usually immediately look at a white person and say FRENCH, GERMAN, RUSSIAN, CZECH… We can all ask and be respectful :)

    • vietnamese girl

      don’t feel bad. everyone looks different so it WOULD be hard to distinguish between similar ethnicities.

  • Nathalia

    I got both men and women right. I’m a brazilian girl, I have never been in Japan, Korea or China and I don’t have contact with people from there but I use to watch doramas and movies from these 3 countries then I knew Gong Li, for example. By what I saw in general, chinese and korean people seem to be more touchy compared to japanese. In japanese doramas or movies, they bow a lot, however few times I see hugs even among family members. Chinese, to me, have more remarkable and deeper eyes and many chinese women have a prominent forehead.Korean, in geral, seem to have more proportional faces among them.

  • izanami-hana

    Got it all right.

  • miles

    i got all three women correct. i didnt care about the men. i love asian women

  • I guess dramas are paying off

    I got all the females right! I only got the center male right, but, hey, four out of six! I normally can’t do this in real life, but this had it narrowed it down to three countries. ^.^

  • CasaTrobed

    I did get all the women correct and the Korean man, but the other two men I had wrong.

  • Guest

    The last lady screwed me over so hard. I thought she was Japanese because of her pretty eyes then I saw the first lady then I realised no thats the Japanese lady not the third one. Then the middle one didn’t look Korean but the third one didn’t look Korean either. What the hell.

    • vietnamese girl

      Really? To me the last woman looked so Korean that I ruled out the others.

  • Seb

    I nailed it! I do live in Beijing though. In a Korean part of town.

  • m&ms

    I say whatever people

  • Joey G.

    I got all of them correct! I am Latino but have been living in Japan for 9 years. I had trouble with choosing the correct Japanese and Korean women but guessed correctly with luck.
    I am usually good at telling apart different Asians but not always. There is something about the skin tone, hairstyle, make up, lips, eye shape, (that includes the guys LOL!) That helps me distinguish who is who.

  • Acey916

    I got the Japanese man and woman right, but failed miserable on the others. I never really pay to much attention to stuff like this, just found this page by accident. I was curious if Chinese and Japanese people were friends, like overall, do people living in China like people who live in Japan? And vice versa. Just curious really.

  • GardenPT

    I got the woman right, but tthe man… Not even one.

  • nika

    got everything right :D and im not even asian

  • hana nindo

    i got them correct
    hihi it was fun
    dooomo arigatogozaimashita for the quiz
    mata ne!

  • hana nindo

    oh oh and how did i get them right? the men i just guessed in fact
    but the women, i could destinguish the korean first coz i saw a korean actress with eyes like this bfor
    the japanese eyes are kinda, well, a little more oval than the chinese so that’s how i got it correct!

  • Jasmine

    The man in the Center is Tsuyoshi Abe. He is of a mixed descent, chinese and japanese. Though he was born in China, he is an actor in Japan, as he moved there when he was only 9. He changed his name to Tsuyoshi Abe from his original chinese name, Li Zhendong, when he moved to Japan.

  • Miss Cellany

    I got the women right but I mixed up 1 and 2 on the men.

    I’m female – maybe its easier to judge female faces if you’re female yourself?

    • Miss Cellany

      Oh and I’m Caucasian from UK btw :)

  • Name

    In example above, Korean woman (Han Ye Seul) has huge eyes. There is smaller difference between Chinse? and Korean (Kwan Sang Woo) man.
    I believe that names make the difference and by name we can tell what
    nationality they are, not by the looks. Look can aways be changed.

  • Tasha

    In Both I guessed the person with Korean heritage correctly, but mixed up both the Chinese & Japanese persons.

  • David Wallace

    Yea this is the story of my life with Asian faces. I got all the women right, but none of the men. The 3rd man is cheating, his face looks anglicized to me.

  • mich

    I’m non-Asian man, and I was teaching my son who is 5 not to ask every person with Asian features if they are Japanese. He is a golfer and he told the mother and daughter of one of his competitors that he knows Japanese too. They are Korean. It actually would have been funny if the little girl wasn’t with her mother. While I am NOT politically correct, I AM very concerned about the feelings of little children.
    As for the quiz, I thought for sure that I would get this quiz right, and I didn’t. Here is my question: Does the Chinese girl in the middle have typical Chinese features? To me, she seemed to have Japanese features – shows how much I know. As for what the men are? WHO CARES! Only pay attention to girl pics! LOL

    • disqus

      Chinese are diverse lol. You have northern Chinese who look more Mongolian or Korean, and southern Chinese who look more Vietnamese, and everyone else in the middle.

      The Chinese girl (Gong Li)’s ancestry is Shandong province which is literally across the pond (Yellow Sea) from Korea.

  • Cross Gene

    i’m really lucky i just know the first man from Medical Top Team so i know he is Korean but i didn’t know the others.. still i got every woman and man true O.o

  • Wang Lusha

    That’s Wang Leehom in the centre <3 <3

  • colum

    Got the Japanese man and woman, but confused Korean with Chinese. :(

  • Sadae Hayblum

    I got them all right! i would like to thank kdramas lol. i can tell from the noses !

  • Faceanalyst

    I got all of em correct cuz I am a face analyst.still tuff tho……..with some of them having surgeries.

  • Syn2554

    I’m anglo-saxon Australian and I got them all correct. Depends on how much attention you pay in everyday life – I’m attracted to Asian (particularly Korean) guys, and I have a lot of Asian friends. I can’t tell you Russian from Germain from Irish though, so it definitely depends on your own experience.

  • Michelle Bradley

    I got them all wrong except for the woman on the far right. I stumbled on this look to find the differences between Asians with all due respect. I came across some posts stating that “Caucasians all look the same” Say what? Im not blonde/blue eyed but I am pale. Its was then that I decided I’d better learn to recognize people from all walks. Everyone deserves be recognized for whom they are, not lumped together under a generalization based on race.

  • nya~

    haha got all the females yay!
    I got the first and the last male wrong, but I got the middle one right ><.

  • joanna

    yes yes yes i only got one the korean and japanese girls confused but i can see my mistake

  • Derek

    Lol, got them all right. It depends. You really need to be familiar, or hat least have seen more, because then you can say, hey this looks like so and so, and so and so is ___…

    Chinese can be difficult to pinpoint, because ethnically, they are very diverse and are mixed. Each province has distinct characteristics depending on this, however.

    For the girls, the Japanese one has these thicker eyebrows and the higher, mildly curved nose. The Korean one has the super puffy under eye thing, which is most often pronounced in koreans. Plus, she has plastic surgery on her nose, and her makeup aligns to Kpop fashion.

    For the guys, the Japanese one has, yet again, the nose. If you notice, Japanese men usually have more scruffy hairstyles. The Korean guy has the position of the eyes and that type of nose, which would in no way ever be considered attractive in China. Ok, maybe it could, but definitely not mainstream. The guy in the middle has a straight nose, and generally has a soother more downwards/middle feeling to his face, so he is chinese.

  • vphxn

    That was pretty easy though. I got them all right.

    • vphxn/vietnamese girl

      If you hang out with Asians and are Asian yourself.

  • Cherene

    I got them all right

  • ThatOneGirlWhoLovesJapan

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  • fred handy

    I got all the men wrong and all the women right.

  • The Chosen One

    I got all right, and I’m no specialist I dont think

  • Kev.S

    The Chinese man called Leehom Wang, he is a Chinese American.

  • Kev.S

    First of all, Northern Chinese looks exactly the same as Korean and most of Japanese, Southern Chinese shows very significant different features with those ethnicities.

  • AoiFan

    I got all the girls right and only the Japanese male right :0

  • Not going to lie, even though I’m a little embarrassed – I got them all right, but only because I knew that there was one Korean person, one Japanese person, and one Chinese person in each set of three.

    Had I been looking without that knowledge, I would have guessed Japanese, Chinese, Japanese for the women, and Korean, Chinese, White for the men.

    Yes, I know.

  • Timothy Olsen

    Got em all. I love Korean women. All Asians have beautiful people. Damn the Japanese guy is stunning.

  • Timothy Olsen

    I have to admit that both the male and female Koreans look plastic surgery enhanced. Japanese guy is very WOW.

  • Sarah Cates

    Had to think a lot, but 100%!! So happy :D

  • Isabelle

    I got the women right but not the men and I’m Chinese

  • Hope Entertainment Collabs

    I got them all right o-e I thought I would but I wasn’t expecting to actually do it lmaooo I think I need to spend some time off of the internet lol

  • Ms.Garcia

    Why don’ t you use models who haven’t had cosmetic surgery to get European features; not that I could tell the difference anyway as my friends and family who are Asian admittedly can’t. I just wish that we could get some real native features not man-made or hapa like Asian celebs are known for. I’m just sayin……

  • Triple-A-Khaotic1350

    I succeeded

  • Triple-A-Khaotic1350

    The middle guy is Wang Lee Hom, Chinese-American Singer-Songwriter born in NY

  • Ash Hulme

    I don’t know the man in question, but Abe is a Japanese name.

  • MinHye

    I got mixed up with 2 and 3.

  • grummbunger

    Of the men i thought 1 ch 2 k 3 j but 1 is k and 2 ch. Of the ladies i got exactly right. I felt surer n the men being as i had thought.

  • Korina

    Haha, I’m 50% Korean and usually am pretty good but I got all the guys wrong but did good on the girls.

  • Manch Hunii

    Hey chinese stop sucking ur own penises your faces are not structured or defined compared to koreans or japanese. Chinese have flat faces with weak chin/jaw lines and snubby noses…

    • seira

      Wow aren’t you rude?

  • Lurgid Vogon

    I got it for the (lovely) women right away. (Of course, I cheated I guess, seeing as how I lived in Japan for 15 years, and have been married to both Japanese and Chinese women.) [Didn't try with the guys -- I don't care about guys enough to even look at them for 5 seconds!] (FYI, I’m a Caucasian American. I’m not actually a Vogon!)

  • Barry

    Yay!! I got all of them right!! I’m an Indian, btw!!

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