Can You Distinguish Between Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Faces?

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At lunch with my cow-workers, I was struggling to use Japanese, with the native speaking teachers, but I was enjoying the process of bombing. But while I was “bombing,” I did catch onto one part of the conversation, and they were asking if I could distinguish between Korean, Japanese and Chinese faces.

I was honest. Sometimes I can distinguish Korean and Japanese but not all the time. If a Korean person has strong features it’s a little easier to tell (it’s not really the eye so much as it higher, more defined cheekbones, and in men a stronger jawline). When the Korean person has softer features I have a harder time. Truth be told I still struggle to tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese. People say there’s a slight difference in the eyes, but I really don’t see that.

Are you able to tell the difference? If so, how can you tell? The way I know some people are just saying they can see the difference is because at my table of co-workers some of them (natives) said they sometimes have a hard time telling the difference. Let’s make this a bit more fun, shall we. I am going to put up the faces of three different men and three women. There is one Japanese man, one Japanese woman, one Chinese man, one Chinese, woman, one Korean man, and one Korean woman. You have to find out which is which and I will give post the answers on the Japan Guy tomorrow.


Can You Tell the Difference Between Japanese, Chinese, and Korean Faces? QUIZ TIME

MEN

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WOMEN
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For this quiz you can list your answers 1., 2., and 3. (Japanese, Chinese or Korean) for the men and then do the same for the women.

Once you feel confident with your answers, you can click the link below to go straight the answers.

I’ve never been to Korea or China, but for those who have, aside from facial distinction, what differences have you seen between Japanese, Korean, and Chinese mannerisms? Culture?

Please feel free to sound off in the comments section.

Good luck on your quiz!

Donald Ash

 

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  • devin

    OH my…you are going to be mad at me since I did make some guesses but I know I would be 100% wrong! Can I just admit I seriously don’t have a clue and want to save face? :P

    You know I am a classical music buff and I always play a game with myself (and sometimes my mother) to categorize the music as: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Modern and then to further guess who the composer is. I normally get the time period right and sometimes even the composer but with this test….well all I can say is you have me beat!

  • Rick

    Oh Don, I think that it would be impossible to tell the difference between a Japanese, Korean and Chinese face. Thats basically the same as putting up the face of an ethnic German, ethnic Dane and an ethnic Brit and asking which is which. They are from the same part of the world, and there has been mixing of peoples for millenia, so they all general look the same. You will find a Korean with very slant eyes and a Chinese with very round eyes. You’ll find a japanese with strong facial features and a Japanese with soft features. =)

    • Donald Ash

      In some cases I think it’s possible to tell, but not always. There will always be people who’s nationality is just harder to distinguish. Good points Rick :)

    • emily

      I am white and I can distinguish them most of the time. And Asian people can do that almost 100% of time!

  • Julia

    I’m going to be fail horribly at this but here we go…

    men (left to right)
    Korean, Chinese, Japanese
    women (left to right)
    Chinese, Korean, Japanese

    I look forward to your next post :P

    • Donald Ash

      You didn’t fail! Nice job Julia :) You were three for three on the men. At least I think so (that guy in the center is kind of a mystery to me…but I am fairly certain he’s Chinese). The man on the left is definitely Korean and the one on the right is definitely Japanese. As far as the women go. It’s L-Japanese, C-Chinese, and R-Korean. If you and Ceci had joined forces, you would have gotten a perfect score. She got the women correct and you got the men.

      HOORAY!! :D

      • Maryam

        To Me the guy on the far right looks Korean.

        • Donald Ash

          I had a hard time with my own quiz to be honest, Maryam. I didn’t do very well.

      • bluestar52281

        the middle one is actually a very famous taiwanese/chinese singer(entertainer in general) in asia-his chinese name is Wang Lee Hom but he grew up in America so hes and ABC(american born chinese) and his english name is Alexander Wang…plus he didnt know how to speak fluent mandarin till he was in the chinese music business…hahaha im sorry for this long post but i just wanted to confirm and elaborate upon the indecisiveness…

        • Donald Ash

          Thanks for the info bluestar52281, I aprpreciate it :)

          • bluestar52281

            youre welcome! happy to help! (^w^)

  • http://ameblo.jp/leevivlee/ Vivian

    BUT you forget. almost 100% of the celebs you posted and those u see on tv, movies have had surgery…

    what’s ur email, i’ll send u a shocking link.

    (but i don’t like to post it publicly for it will surely be taken down)

    viv

    • Donald Ash

      Quite true, Vivian. Maybe that’s what makes it so hard for me to distinguish. My email is thejapanguy@gmail.com. I’ll have to take a look at the link. Thanks!

  • Ceci

    Not a clue. But I’ll play the game and take a guess so my ineptitude can be *completely* public. :)

    left to right
    Men: Chinese, Japanese, Korean
    Women : Japanese, Chinese, Korean

    Erm…waitaminiute….I have several female acquaintances that are Chinese and they look a lot like picture 1…..aiiiieee! …not a clue dude…not a clue.

    • Donald Ash

      LOL! I’m glad you gave it a try. It’s not easy, right? I got the vast majority of them wrong, and I made the quiz! LOL
      The answers for the men are different.

      But you were spot on for the women. Nice work, Ceci…you freakin’ rock!!! ;)

  • yaz

    From left to right MEN: Chinese, korean, Japanese
    From left to right WOMEN:Japanese, Chinese, korean.

    Pls I want to know wether I’m correct or not!

  • kris

    the ones on the right is Japanese, middle is Chinese, left is Korean. its the faces dude.

  • rushika

    ma gues men (left 2 right)
    chinese ,korean ,japanese
    women(lft 2 rht)
    japanese,chinese,korean

    • Donald Ash

      Thanks for posting your answers! Please be sure to check the answers that I posted to the quiz to see if you got them right.

  • http://hotmail ABURAHAMI

    la diferencia entre chinos japoneses y coreanos
    yo puedo decir mas o menos, se encuentra a
    simple vista en los ojos y el pelo, los chinos
    tienen los ojos mas pequenos y estirados y la
    inmensa mayoria deja caer su pelo naturalmente
    y casi siempre es mas largo y sin tintes, tambien son
    fisicamente mas delgados que los otros pero los
    coreanos y japoneses son mas occidentalizados
    tambien en sus rasgos faciales y sobre todo los
    japoneses mas norteamericanizados ya que se
    identifican mucho con esta cultura, el pelo japones
    casi siempre esta tintado de un color caoba y
    lo estiran mucho hacia arriba, como autenticos
    sayajin que son, y sus caras son mas variadas que
    la de los coreanos o chinos. para mi es facil reconocer
    japoneses de lejos ya que vivi mucho tiempo entre
    ellos, por dato curioso les digo que mi esposa japonesa
    decia que todos los latinos les parecian iguales, para
    ella era dificil diferenciarnos.

  • SO OBVIOUS

    I got 100% of the answers correct. But that’s cuz I’m chinese myself and I know who the Chinese people are (female-Fan Bingbing and male-Wang Leehom)

    • Donald Ash

      You are definitely the first one to say that. That’s cool! Congrats :)

      • Elvinci Chen

        thanks for that..

    • http://www.facebook.com/elvinci.jaychen Elvinci Chen

      female is gong li please..

  • Zoe

    little Tip:how to separate Chinese and Japanese and Korean from English pronunciation? Japanese and Korean can’t pronounce “R” they pronounce like “le”, Chinese can’t pronounce “th”,we pronounce like “ze”. that’s our obviously difference. would be easier recognize than our similar east-Asian face. but, how to separate Korean and Japanese? honestly, i always confuse as well.

    • Alanviation

      No..japanese can’t pronounce “L” so they pronounce it as R instead. That’s why you ll find no japanese words which using L example…” light” they will say it as “raito”(japanese katakana style) ……meanwhile korean can’t pronounce R and pronounce L instead… Well… Asians languange is very unique.

      • NYNY

        Zoe is correct. Japanese usually can’t pronounce “R”, but depends on words, they mixed-use “R” and “L”.
        And, Asian don’t have an unified language. I feel you using that expression, “unique”, interesting. I understand Asian languages are very different from Western ones, but that is not just Asian, but African, Polynesian and native American as well. You’ve just lived in Western circle. And why Western languages are so alike is because they were developed within a relatively smaller region, whose area is almost equivalent to China’s, just a single country.

      • Anne Liu

        or its just their accents .-.

  • JoeW

    Whoo I got them all bang on :) (Checked other comments).

    Here’s how I did it:

    Korean people have wide, flat faces and very pale complexions. The man on the far left and the girl on the far right both have these features very clearly. The guy has very small Korean eyes, the girl appears to have had eye surgery, very popular in Korea!

    The Chinese girl has a double eyelid, which Japanese people almost never have, and her hair is worn in a very natural style. Layered bangs are very Japanese, as is the sideways camera glance.

    Between the other two guys: the guy on the far right has a small boyish face and very western style. Again, the layered, styled hair gives it for Japan. :)

    The Japanese have a very distinctive style that is Japanese, and not just east Asian. I would have a harder time telling Korean and Taiwanese than Korean and Japanese.

    • Guest

      Haha, you have a point. However, about the eyelid, I disagree. Many Japanese have double eyelid and many Chinese don’t. Actually that feature is originated to north eastern Chinese, Mongolian and Manchurian.
      Looked at the pic. Both of the Japanese still have double eyelids although they are not clearly detectable.

      • Truthsayer

        No.

    • NYNY

      Haha, you have a point. However, about the eyelid, I disagree. Many Japanese have double eyelids and many Chinese don’t. Actually that feature is originated to north eastern Chinese, Mongolian and Manchurian.
      Look at the pic. Both of the Japanese still have double eyelids although they are not clearly detectable.

      • Sudsinid

        Many Southern Chinese and Southwestern Chinese have natural double eyelids.

      • I’m not being racist..

        No. Ur wrong. Everyday citizens that are Chinese have double eyelids and wide eyes. Japanese people do too. But Koreans have single eyelids and tinier eyes but they look really natural tho!!!
        ~coming from an American who has lived in all three countries and traveled to different cities in the country

      • Truthsayer

        No. Many Chinese have double eyelids and big eyes in the southern provinces. Koreans have the smallest eyes. Beady eyes is a northern trait.

    • ugh

      The Korean woman did not have double eyelid surgery, she’s a famous actress known for her natural beauty, you ignoramus. It is popular but among celebrities (which all six people are), it is very looked down upon to have a lot of surgery. Although Korean women do have a lot of plastic surgery, it is normally very noticeable, but you can see that her eyelids are natural. Koreans are also darker in general, while not as dark as Chinese and Japanese people are quite pale. Korean men generally have small eyes with no double eyelid.

      • Truthsayer

        I know many more pale Chinese than Koreans.

  • JJ Cho

    Even as a Korean, I can’t tell always unless they speak their own mother tongues. In fact these three countries have a long history of immigration, war and trade. Many of them are mixed ethnically. I myself is a Korean of Chinese descent belonged to the Chao(Cho) Clan. According to our family record, my first Chinese ancestor came from China with his other three brothers at the end of Song Dynasty and settle down in Seoul.

  • Dex Jerkon

    It’s a bit late but I wanna make a guess too.

    For the men: Korea, Chinese, not sure he’s Jap at all.
    For the woman: Japanese, Chinese, Korean.

    I most of the time can tell which one is which but I’m not always correct. For me it’s most easy to recognize the Jap. Or it’s just the gut feeling the way they look at me.

  • the number 1

    men:il primo è cinese il secondo è giapponese il terzo è coreano.women: la prima è cinese la seconda coreana e la terza giapponese

  • the number 1

    men:chinese japanese korean. women: chinese korean japanese.

  • Sharon

    Men: Korean, Chinese, Japanese
    Women: Japanese, Chinese, Korean

    I’m Dutch (Netherlands, Europe). I had a little more trouble with the men than with the women.

  • Sharon

    Men: Korean, Chinese, Japanese
    Women: Japanese, Chinese, Korean

    I’m Dutch (Netherlands, Europe). I had a little more trouble with the men than with the women.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bliss.su16 Sukanya Chatterjee

    Men : Korean, Chinese, Japanese
    Women : Korean, Japanese, Chinese
    I’m Indian but have a few chinese friends. . . but i’ve never been to any of the three countries. . .

  • http://www.facebook.com/bliss.su16 Sukanya Chatterjee

    Men : Korean, Chinese, Japanese
    Women : Korean, Japanese, Chinese
    I’m Indian but have a few chinese friends. . . but i’ve never been to any of the three countries. . .

  • Te-Shandra Haskett

    I definitely love this post! I hope you do not mind, I had to share it on my website! I enjoy learning about different cultures…this was wonderful….
    I posted this on:
    http://tehaskett.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-following-list-proves.html
    Thanks!

  • Joe

    Wild guess. But in truth there is no way to tell apart what is in fact the same.

    men: Korean, Chinese, Japanese.
    women: Chinese, Japanese, Korean.

  • Ronel

    men:korean, taiwanese, Japanese
    women:japaneses, taiwanese,korean

  • Rosa

    Men:Japanese,Chinese,Korean
    Women: Same as men? (not sure about the first two but the girl on the right is definatly korean)
    For me, i notice that Japanese men usually have either a “feminine” jawline or a very square chin,Chinese men usually have a longer,straighter nose and their mouth is a little different too, and Korean men are usually a cross between chinese and japanese XD but they have high cheekbones most of the time. I’m not sure about the women other than they have about the same features as the men >_<

    • JoYe

      um… I sorry I think its
      Men: Korean, Chinese, Japanese
      Women: Japanese Chinese Korean.

      like some of the comments above, I also know the actors and actresses : P

      Btw: If I didn’t know them, I’d probably could not tell any of them apart :P and I am Chinese, we are suppose to be able to tell, hehe, oh well

  • emma

    women: Chinese, Japanese, Korean
    Men: korean, chinese, Japanese
    I can usualy tell korean and japanese men appart because of the eyebrows and eyes ( I have a majour thing for eyes and eyebrows)
    the women are much easier..because not only is it the eyes and eyebrows but also the natural complexion.. korean women mostly look like angels :) and soooo adorable

  • Epy

    The guy on the left is Japanese , Satoshi Tsumabuki .
    and the girl in the middle is a Chinese , GONG LI .

    • Epy

      im sorry , i mean the guy on the right side =) the most good looking guy among them .

  • Derp.

    Men looks Chinese, Korean, Japanese. Women looks Japanese, Chinese, Korean. I am in no way Asian, but really my speculation is that Japanese tend to have a less flat nose (nose bridge sticks out more), Chinese tend to have smaller eyes and a very flat face (the Asian stereotype), and Koreans are usually paler with a sort of hybrid between Japanese and Chinese facial features. It’s hard to describe.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chanjongjung Chan J Jong

      NO! actually if your talking about girls, maybe (I just know which is Japanese, Korean, Chinese yadadada, but if you’re talking bout guys, I have to disagree. They are indistinguishable (bunch of japanese people and chinese people think i’m their race xD)

    • -.- ur fuckin stupid

      Not really Chinese people have bigger eyes than Koreans usually. I’m white and I kno this fact bitch.

    • Lillie

      Wrong. The Chinese you see are Chinese-Americans, who are dark and have slanted small eyes. But back in China, there are many pale Chinese people with large eyes and tall noses (around Qingdao/Shanghai maybe…but China is too big). It’s almost impossible to differentiate them, because Korea, China and Japan has been mixing together for centuries now.

    • Truthsayer

      Chinese are the ones more frequently spotted to have large eyes and Koreans are the ones with the beady eyes most commonly. Big eyes are common among southern Chinese ancestries -Hong Kong, Taiwan, Guangdong, Hainan.

  • Varun

    For women: Korean, Chinese, Japanese
    For men: Japanese, Chinese, Korean

    • Varun ka bhai

      Writer of article is dumb. Should have clearly mentioned who’s who in the picture.

    • Truthsayer

      You got both sets wrong.

  • Varun

    BTW, I mix up Korean and Japanese faces. I got both the Chinese right! :P

  • DUDE

    left to right
    korean, japanese, taiwanese
    eyelid on left korean, nose, eyes of japanese, right guy has typical face of taiwanese
    woman
    japanese, korean, chinese
    look at the eyelid of the chinese
    look at the chin of the middle korean
    the japanese in the left has yamato japanese features

  • Korean_girl

    I’m Korean!
    (from left to right)
    Women: Japanese, Chinese, Korean
    Men: Korean, Japanese, Chinese

  • Roy

    Men: Chinese, Japanese, Korean
    Women: As The Same

  • Nik

    This is so lame. Let’s get some photos of English, Irish and Scottish and ask Asians to distinguish them.
    General guide line. Koreans are more uniformed in their skin tone which is pale.
    Japanese and Chinese have more variations, Pale skin to tan.
    Koreans are taller as a rule than Japanese or Chinese.
    Besides that fashion wise Japanese and Koreans dress better than Chinese especially mainland Chinese. Also, I much prefer the sound of Korean and Japanese to Chinese.
    Actually I can’t stand the sound of Chinese but I like Chinese food.

    • jake

      Irish, German, and Italian would be more fair.

      • Dwi Prad

        How about Indonesian, Malaysian and Bruneian? :D

        • ;)

          Include filipinos

      • Derek

        Irish , german and italian would be even easier than chinese japanese and Korean

        An average italian will have typical roman nose, darkbrown black hair and darker eyes.. skin would be olive. mediterranean looks

        German would be darkblond/lightbrown hair, strong jaw with square face, blue/gray eyes and light warm pinkish skin. Germanic looks

        Irish would be round faced, darkbrown-black or redish brown hair, blue eyes, and pale skin with cold undertone. Celtic looks.

        Europeans have more variation, specially in hair, eye color but also facial structures.

        All asians have very black hair and darkbrown eyes, and skin tones in the case of average chinese, korean and japanese are very similar too.

        • Kenny Kenny

          well said on the Irish, German, Italian comparison. I am German and you hit it right on the nose! Now how about telling the difference from Russian, polish and Ukrainian ?? LOL

          • Gordon

            Polish are sexy, the others aren’t.

          • garrett

            agreed

    • Anonymous

      I’ve seen Koreans having skin tones like Filipinos and many Korean women are known to extensively powder their skin. In addition, it depends where an Asian person came from because most Chinese people in other countries are from the South and speak Cantonese and southern dialects, which is why they tend to be darker and have uglier languages. If you hear someone from Harbin or present day Manchuria ( near Russia), they will speak proper mandarin and have nicer sounding tones.

      • Im not Chinese LOL Im Mexican

        Cantonese-hi(sounds like lay hoe)
        Mandarin-hi(sounds like knee how)

        • Zoe Yang

          Actually in Cantonese it sounds like Lei Ho and in Mandarin it sounds like Ni Hao. If you don’t know how to pronounce things maybe you should look it up before you type it in. So stop teaching people the the wrong way of saying this. Btw I am Chinese so don’t think your right.

          • Miss Nay

            The poster was giving the phonetic pronunciation of the words. In the U.S., we pronounce lei to sound like lay. And I believe the phonetic version of ni hao is totally correct. At least that’s the way I was taught to say it when I was in China.

          • Krister

            They were just trying to get the white people to understand how to say it, as Lei Ho and Ni Hao can be pronounced a number of ways in English, depending on the accent. When saying Lay Hoe and Knee How, however, it is easy for us to figure out how to say them

          • Terra

            Why only white people? Try non-native speakers.

          • Boris Yeltzin

            Why whinge about it? Ohh you’re forgetting the poor brownies and blackies. I know! let’s include everyone so we can all feel happy and safe and included. Good God.

          • Boris Yeltzin

            Why is it that African American people are allowed to call themselves niggers, Indian people are allowed to call themselves brown etc., but Caucasians are not allowed to make a joke about most of them not being able to distinguish pronunciations?

      • Zoe Yang

        Actually the southern dialects have more tones. In Cantonese it has about 9 tones. So therefore there will be more fluctuations. In Mandarin there are about 4 tones. If you want to learn a easier language then you should go with Mandarin. And don’t be a hater I bet you can’t even learn the proper way to speak Cantonese. Cause not everyone can learn how to speak fluent Cantonese.

      • Truthsayer

        The southern vs northern Chinese skin tone is BS. All Han Chinese are born with the same skin tone as birth with slight variations. Check out the untanned torso of women in Hong Kong. What you see in some southern Chinese is the result of sun exposure and much shorter winters. This is a southern Chinese woman. http://entertainment.xin.msn.com/en/celebrity/buzz/asia/article.aspx?cp-documentid=4494501

        There are lots more in Singapore and Malaysia. Certain southern Chinese ancestries like ChaoZhou migrated from central China in more recent times and are known for being pale.

    • fuck you reply back noob

      Im Mandarin you dipshit

      • Anne Liu

        Count me too

        • Zoe Yang

          There is no such thing as Mandarin but there is such thing a Chinese.

    • Sapphire Jones

      Um, there are plenty of tan Koreans. All the way from light to medium tan. You’re mixed up since they’re obsessed with too light makeup, skin lightening creams and laser whitening treatments.

    • Alice

      It is nice to know the difference. I doubt you get a million people coming up to you asking what kind of “Asian” you are. Most people in america are European, although they do not have purple coming up asking often.,..

      And I wonder, if you like legit Chinese food… Hmm

      • Anne Liu

        I bet 95% of the people who eat “Chinese food” wouldn’t enjoy legit Chinese food like you said. The sesame chicken or kung pao chicken aren’t even in China for a fact! People say it’s Chinese food because american food aren’t so different as “Asian” food. Yeah people that aren’t let’s say chinese say Chinese people eat dogs and cats and mice and junk like that. Thats all false. It WAS true when numerous amounts of the wild animals were roaming the lands, so the emperors and royals ate them. I mean, who would eat their own pets now?

        • Korukoru

          Koreans were the first to come up with eatin dogs.
          …..
          I’m sry… I’m kinda well Japanese and I hate Chinese people and Koreans…

          • Ryan Hu

            agree with the first part

          • Truthsayer

            They hate you more.

        • Miss Nay

          That is not completely false. Even people in China admit there are some areas where exceptionally diverse food is eaten. A resident of Shanghai (native Chinese) said he believed in the Sichuan province there were many people who would eat anything that walked, crawled, or flew…except an airplane.

          • Meow

            I thought it was guangdong that ate anything that has four legs except for tables lol

    • Y.

      I think it’s easier to distinguish with everyday citizens (non-celebrities). After living in an Asian country, I think you can easily identify features that can help you distinguish if someone is Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, even Singaporean, etc. even if they have the same skin tone.

      For me, I would not easily be able to identify Westerners if they had the same hair color. For Asian countries, maybe we look at eye shape, nose shape, face shape, height, even hair styles… For me, I got number 2 and 3 wrong for the men. I think — this is just my opinion — that Chinese men have more pigmentation, and sometimes have a slightly different face shape than general Japanese and Koreans. I think Thai faces are also more distinguishable. This isn’t meant to sound racist!! Of course, everyone is different. I live in an Asian country and sometimes you can spot someone and think, “Ah. He must be Japanese or Korean.” Because his cheeks have a high arch or something. A few minutes later, you’ll hear that person speak (Korea).

      And in many Asian countries (including Korea, China, and Japan), the further you move from the cities, the more tanned (and maybe unfashionable) a person usually becomes… especially elders and farmers.

      As for European countries… I’d have no idea. Our eyes are trained to look for different features.

    • Danny Kang

      ㅎㅎ really… I kno I’m Korean but well that isn’t true. U really don’t kno true Asians so shut up please.

    • mikion king

      shut you mouth you racists scum bag, before I… you know what it’s not even worth it. tien wo dan!

    • Truthsayer

      Hong Kong and Shanghai women dress well.

    • Learn more

      There are a lot of variations in Chinese sound and dialects. You may even hear two people speak the same dialect just in two different ways. As a Mandarin speaker, I’d say Cantonese sounds terrible and it may have left bad impression to people since in early years most of Chinese expats are Cantonese. Mandarin especially with dialects from certain area sounds actually pretty nice to me. I think Japanese and Korean sound good too but not comfortable when Japanese female host talks on some programs. Koreans are not necessarily taller than all Chinese but depending on the people of certain area you are comparing to. Koreans have the same height as those Chinese from Northern China. Fashion wise, it’s up to the place you go to. In cities like Shanghai or Beijing it might be more fashionable. But still, i’d say HK is more fashionable than any mainland city.

  • Eric

    The answers are:
    For Men: Korean, Chinese Japanese.
    For Women it is Japanese Chinese Korean.

    100% sure because I know the actors/actresses.

    • lucy

      hell yeaah i got the guys correct. for women, i mixed up japanese and chinese

      • Boebekar

        I got them all right.
        How can you mix up the Japanese and Chinese? The Japanese woman clearly has obvious Japanese features: the hair, eyes, nose, mouth.

    • Stewie Griffin

      no?

      for men the last one is korean
      for women the last one is korean

      im korean i dont need to know what language you speak to know what type of asian you are
      all koreans have this 1 look

  • rodelie castillo

    Actually, when you will look out to their face, you i identify if who is the japanese, the chinese and who is the korean because of the differences of thier facial structure.

  • rodelie castillo

    for the men: korean,chinese and japanese
    for the women: japanese,chinese and korean

  • hello form vietnam

    for men(left to right):japnasese,chinese, korean
    for women(L to right)japanese, chinese, korean

    I think I like the korean facial features most,

  • http://twitter.com/Jouriichijourou Shashwat Yagami

    For Women: Japanese, Chinese, Korean.
    For Men: Korean, Chinese, Japanese.

  • Sachiko

    Women: Korean, Chinese, Japanese
    men : Korean, Chinese, Japanese

  • R. Srinivasan

    My guess is Chinese, Japanese and Korean for both men and women in that order.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.verhagen Joshua Verhagen

    There are big differences between the three that can “usually” help distinguish the difference. Japanese are usually easiest to tell apart, they usually have longer squintier eyes but yet a somewhat more western facial structure in the sense that their faces are more defined and dimensional high cheek bones, triangular, etc. Sometimes they will have taller noses. Japanese also are much more “stylish” and hollywood-like than any other Asians, so you will see some wild hairstyles anime-like sometimes and their dress is less business-like and more modern. Japanese have no problem tanning or letting their skin get dark whereas Chinese and Korean’s are much more worried about keeping their skin out of the sun but to protect it from rays and keep their white skin. Japanese also dye their hair often both guys and girls. Koreans are more of the opposite from Japanese in many ways, though they also have squinty eyes, (they are not long or wide, they are usually the smallest of all Asian eyes) they do not have much dimension to their facial structure. They usually have much more round flat faces and sometimes high cheek bones, usually little or no double eye lid (Japanese too), are usually quite pale and don’t often dye their hair. Koreans dress much more business-like and will wear collared shirts and suit jackets, slacks, nice jeans, fashionable business attire, but not very modern-hollywood-wild style. Many Korean girls cut their bangs (fringe) straight across and often pull their hair back or flip it in but hardly ever out. They wear big loop ear rings, baseball caps, lots of pink and pastel-bright colors and a lot of striped clothing. Most Korean men, wear a shaggy hair style that almost looks like Leggo hair. Chinese are somewhat of an in between in a few ways. Chinese facial structure varies as there are MANY different ethnic groups in China and it is so large and ancient, whereas the Korean and Japanese areas are much more dense and mostly of one origin or ethnicity. For the most part the Han Chinese (which makes up the majority of China) are a more rounded face with flatter wider noses and also much more round and less-squinty eyes. Many Chinese people have double eye lids and bigger eyes, though there are of course several with small eyes too. Chinese will sometimes dye their hair however they are much more conservative with styles. Chinese don’t usually have wild or crazy hairstyles, in fact for the most part they have more clean cut looks, but aren’t as into fashion, so they will wear jeans and flannel shirts and t-shirts and seem to be more moderate that way, but again it depends if it is in the city or country, western China or eastern China, north, south, etc. Taiwan is a blend of Chinese and Korean clothing style, which sometimes confuses people, but their facial features are very Chinese and not Korean. HongKongese tend to let themselves tan as well and have a more southern Asian look mixed with their Chinese look, they also dress very business-like, but with some wild-styles too and currently are very into black rimmed glasses.

    Hope that helps. I have spent much time with all 3 of them for years and that is only a drop in the bucket as to their differences. It takes being around them a lot to notice, but I can tell them apart from a mile away unless they are American-born or mixed, which can sometimes throw things off.

    The above example pictures are not the ideal for showing their major differences, but are still good examples of many Japanese, Chinese and Korean people out there.

    • Robert

      So you’re basically saying the less Caucasian a group looks the less attractive? Wow…it’s pretty sad if you really think that way. Your description of the three groups is not really accurate. I’ve never seen western looking Japanese , and I lived in japan. It’s just the way they dress and Japanese women on average wear more makeup than other East Asians. It’s hard to stereotype china, too because it’s such a big country. You’re actually more likely to find “western” looking people there than japan because of the many different groups that have mixed with the Chinese, yes including Caucasians especially in western china.

    • ugh

      you are so wrong. this information should date to 1990

  • Danny

    This was a topic of discussion when I was back in college. Many Asians (Mostly foreign students) thought that “Americans” were racist since couldn’t “Tell” Well one of my friends made up a page of 30 different Asians (Showing only faces, and cropping hair styles out as those could be hints to ethnic group, clothing, and jewelry would give hints) of Men and Women. The test was given to Asians during college club hours to Asian clubs. To make a long story short ALL the Asians scored lower than non Asians on the guesses. And most only got a few right. As an afterthought my friend did a 2nd study showing Asians different “Caucasian” pictures. Italian, Greek, Russian, etc. No one got even one right. :)

  • Sp4rKz

    My girlfriend is chinese and was raised in China. I asked her this question once and was surprised to know that even her or her family couldn’t tell the difference most of the time. Unless you have a name or you actually hear the individual talk, it’s quite hard to make the difference. Just like it’s hard to make the difference between Canadian, Australian or British just using a picture.

  • min.hyun

    Men: Japanese , Chinese , and Korean
    Women: Japanese , Chinese , and Korean
    I’m 100% really sure ..

  • lovin’ japan

    the answers for the quiz for men:Japanese,chinese,Korean
    women:Japanese,Korean,Chinese

    • Truthsayer

      Your answers are wrong for both! Lol! Please don’t post nonsense and mislead other idiots. The correct answers are in another blog post by this blogger.

  • Whitey

    I got the ladies all correct, and only switched the Korean guy with the Japanese. No random guess work. I’m white BTW.

  • Mocrosaen

    For the men i can tell by their hairstyle
    HAIR
    korean- their hair tend to be down and wavy
    Chine- same as korean but split in half
    Japanese- tend to be messy sometimes

    • Anne Liu

      How could you tell? What if the other race had the same hair as the others? I mean hair is HAIR. You can style it anyway you can .-.

  • Edbert Primus

    Men : Chinese, Japanese, Korean
    Women : Japanese, Chinese, Korean

  • Mishka

    Nope, to me it’s like saying here’s someone rom oregan hers someone from Ohio and hers someone from Connecticut, tell the difference just by looking at them

  • Matts

    Korean is peculiar. They have peculiar eyes.
    But I can’t tell between Japanese and Chinese. They look alike to me, Japanese.

  • Tadlette

    I was out at a bar in Japan with a Chinese friend who speaks Japanese well, but with an accent even I can hear, and a couple of Japanese people that we talked to thought that she was Japanese. One was drunk and didn’t notice until I pointed it out, the other asked part way through the conversation whether she was Japanese or not, so she must have noticed some difference

  • berengere

    as said in the article, natives struggle to visually identify who’s who. a bit like comparing Europeans. for instance, trying to identify a french person (which i am). we are so mixed that unless you are french (or lucky) you will usually get it wrong. we can be identified by “cultural behaviors”, not sure how to put it.. because of my decent, people think i’m spanish/italian/greek/latin… because of my english accent, people think i’m a dark haired girl from somewhere in scandinavia. however i will automatically be recognized as a french and recognize other fellow countrymen just by the way of walking, of moving, etc… i bet it’s the same for a japanese/korean/chinese!

  • asianThropology

    men : left to right : korean (kwon sang-woo, eye surgery), taiwanese (Wang lee hom), I guess Japanese
    women: japanese, chinnese, korean (she had plastic surgery on eye, nose and bleach her skin)

  • Kim Chow

    yes a bit hard to distingusih..my fiancee is half chinese half korean..but he looks more of korean coz of his eyes..no eyelids..but it’s still cute though..haha

  • Kelvin

    My answers are…
    For Men: Japanese, Chinese, Korean
    For Women: Chinese, Japanese, Korean

    These are just what I feel. A Southern Chinese who has been living overseas for generations. Its just my guess since I do see quite a number of Chinese, Japanese and Korean people around. And personally, I feel that people who come from Northern and Southern China look slightly different, we Chinese can usually differentiate it among ourselves. For example, the stereotype “Asian-Eyes” are usually used to refer to Northern Chinese. Southern Chinese have slightly larger eyes on average. And people from Japan, and Northern parts of China look very similar in my opinion o_O

  • Sapphire Jones

    A quiz like this should only use people without plastic surgery.

    • Donald Ash

      Hahaha, I totally agree.

  • leekonghian

    The following appear to be general findings:
    1) Koreans are tall, square-faced (high flat cheekbones with square jaws), with small eyes (with single eyelids) and pale faces. Think Frankenstein.
    2) Japanese are short, oval or diamond shaped faces (prominent cheekbones, pointy chins), with large eyes and pale faces. Think Yoda.
    3) Chinese have round faces, and average shaped eyes. Think Buddha.

    • leekonghian

      Check out this website about Yoda and Japanese:

      http://www.tofugu.com/2009/01/20/learn-japanese-from-yoda/

    • smileyboston

      Lol, leekonghian, I kept laughing in my bathroom in t middle of night, reading ur comment. U got it right, well, most of it, I think! I really enjoyed Yoda’s JP lesson link. I nearly killed myself again, laughing too much. I am Japanese, by t way.

  • Ho

    I’m a Chinese, and honestly I can’t tell… But these people are pretty, and they’re not general Asians, so they all look like the same.

  • Hawaii

    Koreans have lighter skin and their eyes are a little different in a way that’s hard to explain. Chinese people have weak cheekbones and rounder faces. Japanese people have very strong cheekbones.
    After living in Hawaii for a couple years, I’m pretty good at figuring out who is what. If the kids are mixed (part Japanese, Chinese, caucasian, etc) all bets are off.

    • Truthsayer

      The three nationalities are mixed to begin with

  • Sally

    So? Why? Fuck off! Time wasters!

  • Takeshi

    Writer’s got wrong answers for the Men. Eric is correct. Man on the right is Satoshi Tsumabuki, a Japanese actor.

  • Emily Rose

    Koreans: broad cheek bone, small mono-lid eyes, big jaw, flat nose, pale-yellow complexion, large face
    Chinese: broad cheek bone, small double-lid eyes, big jaw, flat nose, pale-yellow complexion, medium face
    Japanese: medium cheek bone, small double-lid eyes, medium jaw, small-non flat nose, pale-yellow complexion, medium face

  • tasya dias

    1 korean man 2 japan man 3 chinese man
    1japan women 2 korean women 3 chinese women

  • Evan Loveless

    I am sure that no one can tell with 100% accuracy. If you take men from all over China, Korea and Japan shave their heads and put them all in the same military uniform in a group photo, there is no one would be able to guess correctly 100% of the time. Asian or not.

  • wangkon936

    Man #3 can pass as Korean.

  • Anne Liu

    To tell you the truth, I can tell only a Korean from Chinese because I’m in fact Chinese and i can just tell. I know it sounds weird and uncanny but it kinda true for me. I could never tell Koreans from Japanese people though so… Yeahhhhh

  • Esther

    Well im Korean myself.
    Koreans usually haves single eyelids and they have more of a round oval face.
    Chinese people usually have double eyelids and have a round face.
    Japanese people could have either but the double eyelids are usually creased in and they have a oval face.
    Not all the actors/actresses tell u if they are true Koreans/Chinese/Japanese because some of them went through plastic surgery

    • hopelight

      Yes, I heard that plastic surgery became quite popular especially in Korea and Japan. I learnt that very often they want to have their eyes correct so that they look more European. Dear Asians, don’t. Be proud of your special looks and cultivate your natural beauty. That’s what makes you interesting in the eyes of non-Asians.

  • Ryan Hu

    Basically Chinese people are more better looking in general (u can find that by walking on the streets in the 3 countries) because of the variety and population. However, China also has the biggest number of ugly ppl also because of the population. Ethnically, Koreans and Japanese are more similar to each other, they are closer and they speak the same system of language(but a lot of Chinese words and u know why). However these two countries also had many Chinese immigrants too historically.

    • ugh

      chinese are actually the ugliest of the three lol idiot

      • hopelight

        I think – in general – the Japanese men are the most attractive of the three, then Korean and only then Chinese. Chinese, however, very often have beautiful women. I travelled Japan, Korea as well as China, so I think I can at least express my personal taste. In Japan I once saw a guy on the street looked really gorgeous. Tall, slim, high cheekbones and long hair, that nice shiny black hair almost all Asians have .. just wow. I was in the mood to nosh a bit in order to try how “Japanese man” tastes like :-D. But I guess the girlfriend that walked with him would have torn me into pieces and you never know if these people know Aikido or not … ^_^. Greetz from Germany

      • Truthsayer

        What an ignorant loser. You must have never traveled. Lol. I’ve lived in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore for 25 years. Chinese has the highest number of good looking among all three by virtue of population, which would be just logic if you knew anything about math.

    • Claire

      That’s your biased opinion only because of your Chinese heritage (looking @ your surname). From what I’ve noticed a lot of Japanese people (both genders) are more attractive than their E. Asian “cousins”.

  • hopelight

    It’s hard sometimes to see the difference between Korean and Chinese. At least for me. But I think Japanese look quite different from the other two. So I guess: Japanese woman: 1, Japanese man: 3. Chinese woman: 2, Chinese man: 1. Korean woman: 3, Korean man: 2.

    I am only quite sure regarding the Japanese, however. As to my taste as a woman (I travelled the 3 countries): The Japanese are the best looking, then Korean, then Chinese :-))). But there also beauties in China and Korea, of course. It’s just a general statement. Greetz From Germany.

  • Guy Forget

    well it’s actually very easy to tell them apart, but these days with all the god damn plastic surgeries, they all pretty much look like filipinos.

  • Maison Margiela The 23rd

    I’ve been having this discussion in my mind for a while and how I have gradually learned to tell the difference, and seems as if I got it correctly with the pictures,

    I find the Japanese to have longer faces in height and there eyes and noses are very noticeable,

    Chinese can vary in looks with there noses, some have wide nose other have regular thinner noses, yet it’s shape of there faces, and the eyes, also hair and wardrobe hold a big part,

    and Koreans?…It’s just gotten easier to noticed, it seems as all the men are pretty boys, they love the k-pop trends so they will most likely dress very metro-sexual, hair done like a pop star in a magazine, very anime looking, the women also, they seem to be into beauty or trend…even in the music videos the men seem feminine not say they are but it’s just for show the look to look very pop

  • Jack Brown

    Since Chinese, Koreans and Japanese are all basically the same people how can there be any difference? The Korean peninsula was settled by people from what is now China. Japan had aboriginal people, the Ainu, Yamato and others before the arrival of people from the Korean peninsula. However today few Japanese can trace their ancestry to the aboriginal peoples of Japan. Modern day Japanese are essentially Koreans who have been in Japan for about the last 2,500 years. Koreans in turn are descended from people from China.

    What all this means is that people from China, Korea and Japan are the same people separated by a few thousand years. Far too little time for any meaningful different physical characteristics to develop.

  • Hródric Al-Funs

    men : korean, japanese, chinese
    women: korean, japanese, chinese

  • Hródric Al-Funs

    well, to the guy who said he knows these people: give the names of each.

  • jeffhill2012

    Men: 1 Japanese, 2 Korean, 3 Chinese.
    Women: 1 Japanese, 2 Chinese, 3 Korean.

  • Kaimoka

    I got them all correct, but only because ive spent a lot of time living in Tokyo and have many Chinese and Korean friends. There aren’t any features that can hold true to an entire race, and honestly it’s hard for many people (Asian or not) to tell people apart. The best guess is based on language, or just asking the person straightforward. I dont think it would be offensive at all to ask where someone comes from. I get the question often, as I look somewhat exotic in America. You can’t say “japanese always look like this, and chinese always look like this.” because even though I’ve been in asia for a long time and have friends from many countries, I could have been completely wrong. I believe I was both knowledgable and lucky in that I got all of my answers right. I admit, there are some distinguishing differences between all the races, but it is hard for anyone to truly get it right every time.

  • xue

    men: k,c,j
    girls: j,c,k
    Chinese are ethnic groups, Japan and Korea are one-nation-country. so that if you know one is j/k, you could tell it more easily.
    another tip, those six pics are famous stars in c/j/k, but not what their ordinary people look like. They do have a same fascination for women, so you could find much more female stars who look like each other between those countries. The chinese woman here is not a typical chinese star, though famous.
    If i do not know pic 3, i would treat her as japanese. & pic 1 of the three girls is my favourite=.=
    For men, firstly, you could pick pic 1, it’s just korean looks like. The c/j DO NOT look like him, even though there are so many Chinese… second, pic 2 is from taiwan. May be japanese men have a longer face than pic 3, or maybe not.

  • asian expert

    Men : 1) Chinese (smaller eyes and chinese wider cheekbones),
    2) Japanese (nose bridge is give away)
    3) Korean (eye and mouth give away)

    Women: 1) Japanese
    2) Chinese (has the typica northern/central asian looks that only chinese can have)
    3) Korean

    • Truthsayer

      Koreans are immigrated Northern Chinese. Jilin province is right by the Korean border, where the Chinese actress used in this quiz is from.

  • Jason Lee

    one thing for sure is you cant distinguish Japanese chinese and korean’s kids.. they look alike even myself cant distinguish in between them

  • Bubbha Whatchamean

    Isn’t it cheating to use the same guy and girl?

  • Soo

    I am a Korean. As a Korean and Asian, I can distinguish between them by based on their fashion, hair and makeup style. However, only depending on face of us is actually very very difficult even for me or another Asian maybe. But depending on theur style like above, it would make it much easier if you understand their style. Whenever I have a trip to abroad, I try to distinguish who’s Korean, Japanese or Chinese with my GF, but many of the times were wrong. it mad me fun myself. For now, I have a question for the white. Can you distinguish between Italy, American, Australian, Russian and Bulgarian ?

  • Ex K-Pop Fan

    Real Koreans have square face shape. 70% of them that you see on TV have had cosmetic surgery. Go to Soul and you’ll show what I mean.

  • ghazal

    men: 1 chinese ,2 japanese ,3 Korean
    women: 1 Korean ,2 Chinese ,3 Japanese

    • Truthsayer

      You got both wrong

  • Daron French

    I always believe Japanese people tend to have pailer skin and thinner noses than Chinese people.

  • George

    Yeah, I got it all right haha. Maybe because I am half japanese half chinese? o.o

  • no ba

    for men
    1. korean 2. chinese 3. japanese (1 & 2 are actors)

    women 1. japanese 2. chinese 3. korean

  • Hibiki Itano

    Actually this is so easy since I’m mainly an Asian. But look, these people are celebrities, that’s what makes this quiz more and more easy for everyone. But in fact, it’s not easy to tell apart Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese and Japanese.
    So like, where do you think I’m coming from?

  • japanese guys

    Men. 1 japanese. 2 korean. 3 Chinese
    Woman 1 Chinese. 2 Japanese. 3 korean

  • Kathi Neubert

    I think the more important point here is not to be able to tell the difference, but to know there IS a difference and to look at the person, not their racial ethnic group. After a while it is easier to see differences, but appreciate them, don’t catalogue them. We were at the Grand Canyon years ago when a Japanese tour bus made a stop. We approached a couple to offer to take a photo of them with their camera and greeted them with Konichiwa, to which they politely thanked us and said they were Korean. I blame the bus, but we got a really nice photo for them!

  • Melanie Kompradith

    i got the 1st guy mixed with the 3rd guy but just saying differences in facial features in cities like hong kong to so it cant be out right chinese and yay the girls were right huu huu i know a korean and a japanese when i see one unless there guys keke

  • Tellit Likeitis

    I can’t tell the differences at all. Before you call me a racist, all white people look alike to me too

  • jon

    Gong Li (Chinese Female) does not have typical Chinese facial features, especially her nose. A better representation would be Zhang Ziyi or Tang Wei.

  • Jessica

    I knew that the middle ones were Chinese (partially because I recognized Wang Leehom) but the Japanese guy really looks Korean.

  • che

    An interestingly trollish exercise in exposing stereotype.
    Certainly the author should specify whether he’s talking about nationality or ethnicity, both of which in this context are problematic: because there are several different races in each nationality, you cannot distinguish nationality based on racial characteristics.
    Likewise, because there are several different ethnic groups in each country, which have mixed with others to form homogeneous racial features, you cannot distinguish ethnic group based on racial characteristics.
    The only thing that you can distinguish based on racial characteristics is race.
    And all of the people in the pictures above are East Asian.
    Thus, the joke is on the more than hundred of you in these comments who have insisted otherwise!

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