Not ALL Asians look alike. Just about one out of every seven or so.

May 29, 2010 at 11:12 AM 2 comments


I like people-watching.

I know most of you reading this -if you know me- are not surprised. At all. Watching people in their natural habitats and ignorant of their actions being observed…it just fascinates me. One thing in particular, is how people look. Everyone (well most everyone, I do not mean to offend you if you don’t belong in the majority) has two eyes, a nose and a mouth, but the different ways they can be shaped or placed brings about 293830496808 of possibilities to make a person’s face…their face.

The average Caucasian may have a pointer nose, larger eyes, or more defined eyebrow bones. The average Asian may have a smaller, flatter nose, narrower eyes, and less defined eyebrow bones. Etc.

It’s interesting to think about how Dirk Nowitzki and I came from the same two people.

Evolution is an interesting thing. *Yes evolution exists. No, we did not come from monkeys. Ew. Evolution exists in that our bodies are changing over the years. 500-600 years ago the average human did not look like we do today. They were probably skinnier. And shorter. Thanks to machine production of food, we have built amazing establishments of never-ending supplies (i.e. Costco) and we have -as the human race- physically grown upwards. And sideways.

But besides the sheer amount of food we consume daily, it’s also about the type of food we eat, and our Earthly surroundings. I am Korean, and I eat mostly Korean food, but I don’t look like your average Korean. This can be attributed to a variety of things. *Nothing here is proven, it’s all from my thoughts. But it sounds plausible.

  1. I don’t like sitting on the ground. It hurts my tailbone, and it’s just awkward for me. When I went to Korea last summer, my relatives had nice couches in their living rooms, but they all sat on the ground in front of the couches. My mom, dad, and sister chose to sit on couches. It was awkward. If you are constantly sitting on the ground, your upper body probably works a little harder to sit up straight, so your body could possibly develop with a longer torso and proportionately shorter legs.
  2. I eat a lot more. And I’m probably moving my body a lot less than they do. Enough said.
  3. I sleep in a bed raised off the ground, while many Koreans sleep on flatter mattresses on the ground. If a 12inch+ mattress above the ground makes no body changes compared to a 3inch- mattress on the ground, I have no idea what will.
  4. I was in marching band. My calf muscles are probably 2.5 times the size of an average Korean girl my age..
  5. The people I’m around. I’m around mostly Caucasians. Their tendencies rub off on me.
  6. I’m out in the sun a whole lot more. Most city-folk in Korea don’t get much sun. Mainly for two reasons.
  • Koreans lived in a culture where the slaves/servants/poor people worked the fields outside to feed themselves/their masters. So most poor(er) people were quite a bit more tan than their richer counterparts who stayed inside all day and didn’t work out in the fields. If you were tan, you were automatically labeled a poor peasant.
  • The tall buildings block all the direct sunlight.

So in conclusion, I do look different. Koreans in Korea can tell the difference between state people (like myself) or true born-and-raised-in-Korea people.

But regardless of where you spent most of your childhood, there is a limit to the differences in facial structures.

I noticed this when I went to H-mart a few months ago. There’s a worker there, a REALLY REALLY REALLY pretty girl, probably college-age, and she was so incredibly friendly. She said me eating my kimbap while my mom was paying for the groceries was so cute. Haha. I like her already.

Anyways, this girl (idk her name) her facial structure IS EXACTLY LIKE 2NE1’S CL. Like, no joke. She could pass as her sister. Easily. At a quick glance, you would think she was CL. Every time we go to H-mart (like three times a week, haha) I always see her, and I’m always in amazement at how much she looks like CL. It’s crazy.

So I got to thinking, there have got to be a ton of girls who look like CL. Then I remembered I have this one friend who really resembles 2NE1’s Minzy. Cute bigger nose, adorable eyes. I told my friend to make Minzy her facebook “doppleganger” (?) And there’s a girl at my school that really looks like Minzy too. Interesting.

So I’ve compiled a list of “categorical Korean female faces” where most (and I mean MOST, not all) Korean female faces can fit into. So I’ve selected a few possibly familiar faces that show the “ideal” face for that certain category. Yes, I do actually think about these things.




This one is my favorite. She’s so cute. Everyone with this type of face is adorable. I don’t want to post a picture of my friend, so I’ll post one of another famous person. Mirai Nagasu, Olympic figure skater, placed 4th.

I know she’s Japanese, but she has the Minzy face. Cute right?!











And that’s my list so far. Still workin’ on it. Please don’t be offended if your face doesn’t fit in my list. Actually, I have yet to find my place on this list. But I’m still searching. If you have any other faces you think would fit my list, feel free to leave a comment adding them.

And I don’t know if I’m going to make a guy’s list. I think more guys look alike than girls do. :D

But these days plastic surgery can do almost anything, so maybe that’s why.

Song of the day:

Big Bang’s “A Good Man” one of my fav.’s. YUHHH. Written and (partially) composed by TOP.

Disclaimer: All pictures except Yu-na Kim’s were found on google. Yu-na’s picture is from her Facebook fan page’s photos.


Entry filed under: Everyday ramblings..

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Amy  |  June 3, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    so….which face am i most like??

    ……nicole says i look like face five but i def dont think so haha

  • 2. nokcha_icecream  |  June 5, 2010 at 4:23 AM

    hahaha. i can see where nicole is coming from. maybe if your eyes were a little bigger 5 would work better. hm… maybe i can find another one for your guys, haha. you and your sisters all look alike.


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