A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from June 29, 2021
“My Chinese waiter thinks all white people look alike and gave my food to the wrong customer…”

“All Chinese people look alike to me” is a popular saying of what has been called the “cross-race effect.” A joke was posted on Reddit—Jokes on February 24, 2020:

“My Chinese waiter thinks all white people look alike and gave my food to the wrong customer.
Wait. Never mind. That wasn’t my waiter.”



Wikipedia: Cross-race effect
The cross-race effect (sometimes called cross-race bias, other-race bias, own-race bias or other-race effect) is the tendency to more easily recognize faces that belong to one’s own racial group. In social psychology, the cross-race effect is described as the “ingroup advantage,” whereas in other fields, the effect can be seen as a specific form of the “ingroup advantage” since it is only applied in interracial or inter-ethnic situations. The cross-race effect is thought to contribute to difficulties in cross-race identification, as well as implicit racial bias.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/NopeNopeNope2020 February 24, 2020
My Chinese waiter thinks all white people look alike and gave my food to the wrong customer
Wait. Never mind. That wasn’t my waiter.

Twitter
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My Chinese waiter thinks all white people look alike and gave my food to the wrong customer
Wait. Never mind. That wasn’t my waiter. #joke
1:15 PM · Feb 25, 2020·Twee Love

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/IdeaCafe September 22, 2020
My Chinese waiter thinks all white people look alike and gave my food to the wrong customer.
Wait. Never mind. That wasn’t my waiter.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/charlesrichard1994 October 31, 2020
My Chinese waiter thinks all white people look alike and gave my food to the wrong customer
Wait. Never mind. That wasn’t my waiter.

Twitter
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My Chinese waiter thinks all white people look alike and gave my food to the wrong customer Wait. Never mind. That wasn’t my waiter.
11:09 PM · Dec 8, 2020·IFTTT

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Genius_Mate June 28, 2021
My Chinese waiter thinks all white people look alike and gave my food to the wrong customer
Wait. Never mind. That wasn’t my waiter.

Posted by Barry Popik
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