In the West, when they ask if you are a Japanese, they actually try to be "polite" or "less offensive" beause THEY (not WE) see Jap as rich/developed or whatever,

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they just stand less risk if they mistake a Vietnamese for a Jap, but they DO NOT know WE CHINESE dislike that---when my wife and i took a pic in a garden, a looking-decent mid-aged couple asked :"Ni Hon Jin?", I happened to know this=Jap, i said, "No, We are Chinese, they are our enemy", they became a bit amazed and SOON relaxed coz they have been both jp and cn, and they knew we do not like jap.
2001-6-16 -04:00
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