What is the reason that Korean, Japanese and Chinese look alike?
Shubhra Bhattacharya, knows Korean
Now look at all these three pictures. Try to guess them by their looks:
Now do you find any of them similar?
I’m sure your answer will be nope. I doubt any of you will think they’re in any way similar because it true they’re not. Yeah, I agree that people can have mixed features but that doesn’t mean they’re mixed or they’re similar to each other.
1.Kris Wu - Singer or Rapper ( Chinese)
2.Kim Taehyung - Vocalist of Kpop group BTS (Korean)
3.Kento Yamazaki - Actor ( Japanese)
All of them are handsome and unique in their own features. They do not look similar not their features do. I hope you understand through this answer.
Yubem Baek, studied History at Harvard University
It’s the same reason that all Europeans look alike. You can possibly make some distinctions between the Mediterranean Europeans and Northern/Central/Eastern Europeans due to the Arab settlement/influences in the regions of Spain, Southern Italy and Greece. Can you possibly differentiate British from the Dutch, Irish, Danish, Swiss, Norwegian, Swedes, Balkans, or Germans 777彩票下载安装by the physical appearance alone? It's a silly question as the population shared much of genes from nearby areas for thousands of years. It is same everywhere. You can only truly be able to tell when they open their mouth.
When a Chinese young person meets another, the first thing they say is “Oh, you look Japanese” or “I thought you were Korean” or “You have dark skin, like a Malaysian!”. However, Chinese people insist they are good at telling where people are from by their appearance.
Personally, I think some people look distinctively Chinese, Korean or Japanese (perhaps 10 to 20%), but most people do not, and nobody would be able to recognize where they are from.
Teleri Ferch Nyfain, B. A. British Literature, University of Glasgow (1973)
You know, this is like asking what’s the difference between Swedes, Norwegians and Finnish, or between English, French, and Germans.
Some differences exist - especially because Japan is an island, while China is huge and has had various groups within, while Koreans are in the middle.
There’s some differences if you talk statistically, but Korean actors commonly play Chinese or Japanese characters, as do Chinese and Japanese actors - IN THEIR OWN countries (cause of course any of them will be called on to act as ANY East Asian in an American or European film)
Just as any actor of European descent gets tagged to play Americans or British (or whatever European necessary) in ASIAN dramas.
There’s another group of people that most of us can’t distinguish - Black Africans LOL
The thing is, these groups tend to have certain similarities due to proximity, despite developing regional differences over time. Those who live in that area can see these regional differences much much better than those who aren’t as familiar with them
Aakash Kumar, works at Indian Institute of Fashion & Design
You should know that, Japanese and Korean culture are strongly influenced by Chinese. They have a strong foundation from earliest Chinese civilizations since we know that Chinese culture are the oldest among east asians. From art, literature, religion, philosophy, clothing to writing system all came from Ancient China. That's y u will find lot of similarity in their writing system to what they wear.
ppl migrated from China to Japan and korea in the very past around 3000 to 3500 years ago carrying Chinese ethnic culture with them.
Laura James, Hair Stylist
They dont all look alike, each have their own distinctive features and will not be noticeable to a westerner .
Although they all share black hair almond eyes and tanned skin each is different
Koreans are the tallest of the asians and are not so short as you may think , koreans takes good care of their appreance
I watch tons of asian dramas and can easily pick out a korean.
Hair dyes , make up and cosmetic surgery have made asians more diverse.
This question could also be said about
The english the french and poland why don all look the same
Alex Naylor, Student of Chinese history and language
They tend to look similar one another for the same reason that Mexicans, Guatemalans, and Nicaraguans all look similar, or all Northern Europeans, or West Africans have similar features to one another. These groups of people all intermary within their respective regions. East Asians share more recent common ancestors than they do with Southeast Asians, Tibetans, Mongolians, etc. and are thus more closely related to one another.
Although Koreans, Japanese, and Chinese look alike, they each do have very distinct and subtle differences between each other.
One reason why they are similar is how humans migrated across Asia. As early humans traveled into asia, they first settled into China, Korea, then Japan. The same can go for other regions such as Europe, where migration patterns are also similar to Asia’s.
But you can just say that they look alike because they're are from East Asia. Just like how many people from Europe are alIke because they generally live in Europe.
Even though, be careful because each ethnicity has they're own distinct and sometimes subtle differences between each other.
James Yi, lived in Seoul,South Korea
Because we all have similar genetic make-up, albeit there are minor differences.
So I guess we’re all related to a certain point, but diverged and mixed with different groups. For example, the Japanese have mixed with the Ainus.
Dong-Yoon Lee, A resident of Korea
You are misunderstanding the concept about the word ‘genetic differences’.
The concept ‘genetic differences(:mutation)’ when we use it for talking about ethnicity is, just related with very short part(usually one~ten) in DNA. but as you know it, DNA is very long sequence.
So, it doesn’t have the information about the really important other substantial part at all.
Can you understand it?
当我们用“基因差异(突变)”这个概念来谈论种族时，它只与DNA中很短的一部分(通常是1 ~ 10个)有关。但是你知道，DNA是一组很长的序列。
Koreans and Chinese have similarities, but not Japanese. I have noticed Japanese having more oval faces, smaller builds compared to others. Japanese women have a good fashion sense as well. They know how to pair bags , glasses with their clothes.With Chinese women, you could see sneakers and Gucci bags.
I think Koreans have gotten really tall over the years.They tower over Chinese, Japanese and maybe Europeans.
Skip Broussard, Multinational Bozo
I don't think they look alike. They look similar to some Caucasians who have either never been to an Asian country nor have lived in a city with a large Asian population. I'm pretty decent in being able to differentiate their nationalities
Ian Cassidy, works at Students
It's your perception. I'm from northwestern Europe. I believe that there is less difference in appearance among northern Europeans than there is between people from the east Asian countries you listed.
The same reason European and Arab look alike.
Joe Geun, knows Korean
The same way all white people look alike. I can tell the difference between chinese, korean and japanese. But to me all white people look the same regardless of whether they are from europe, america or australia. I’m sure they feel the same way about us. Its normal.
Keiko Shishimato, Bartender (2017-present)
Why do white people look so similar, german, Italian, british American, all look so identical. It's not until they speak and i hear their accent i can tell where they are from.
Robert Siegrist, former Marine at U.S. Marine Corps (2001-2006)
Their genetic differences aren’t that different. However, they usually don’t confuse one with another all that often. Especially those 3 you listed. However, they might confuse some SEA peoples such as Vietnamese, Singapore, Laos, etc. as they aren’t as commonly seen and interacted with on a normal occasion.
Hiroyuki Kitagawa, studied Computer Science
Korean crossed the sea on glacial ages and they become Japanese. The real Japanese is ainu that is more hairy living mostly at north of Japan. At the other hand Koreans may have come from China or the opposite or they Just mixed
James Ong, Lives in Shanghai
People who are not familiar enough with some certain ec777彩票这么样thnic groups would find it’s difficult for them to differentiate one to another.
But at the same time, it doesn’t matter. They’ll ask you anyway.
Sometimes they can look similiar but overall I can tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese from Koreans. Probably something intangible only East Asians can notice about each other. It's not always accurate though. And overall, it's not polite to assume!
Carl Marcos, studied Political Philosophy
The question is WHY would they not look alike? They are close neighbors, and they share recent common ancestries, and their ancestors have been living adjacent to each other ever since the beginning of history. Of course they would look alike in comparison with people from another corner of the globe!
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Collin Spears, Lived in China for 2.5 years in two different provinces.
No they are not the same people and no they do not look exactly alike, but there is a lot of overlap.
Koreans, Japanese, and Chinese are not “pure “ groups of people whose ancestors stretch back into the ancient ether…today’s Japanese are made up of Jomon, Yayoi, and perhaps some Southeast Asian component that is still not easily identified. Koreans are also a composite…Han Chinese…well they are a miss mash of various groups of Sino-Tibetans, Hmong/Yao, Tai-Kadai, Mongol, Tungusic, and even perhaps Austroasiatic speakers…and likely some other groups as well (very small amounts of Indo-European speakers that lived in Western China, etc).
So…what are we talking here.
Are we saying that the majority of the ancestors of today’s Japanese, majority of the ancestors of today’s Koreans, today’s Han, etc…all one people in ancient times?
I will once again say “no”.