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#A Busting the Stereotype: Asians Are Short

Posted September 10th, 2008 by kvietgrl · 95 Comments

Define Stereotype: A simplified and standardized conception or image invested with special meaning and held in common by members of a group. –

As we’re trying to simply explain how and why certain stereotypes about Asians exist through lighthearted humor, we are by no means endorsing them. We always try to make clear our mission. To balance the beam and hear the “other side” of the argument, Stuff Asian People Like is starting a series called “Busting the Stereotype” and we need your participation! Each week we will list a stereotype about Asians and if you are living proof that it’s not true, please post a comment. If you know someone that’s living proof, refer them to comment.

This week’s stereotype is “Asians Are Short.


  1. If you are Asian and tall, vote on the poll, post a comment, and that basically counts as a vote against it. Talk about how it’s like being a tall Asian.
  2. If you are Asian and short, vote on the poll, post a comment. Talk about how it’s like being short.
  3. Both sides, do you agree with the stereotype that most Asians are short? What are your thoughts and how do you feel about this stereotype?
  4. Here are some guideline numbers derived from Wikipedia on Human Height. 5’6” / 1.68 meters or taller for females. 5’9” / 1.75 meters or taller for males.

We will then keep a running tab of which stereotypes are “busted” the most. Thanks for your continual support of the Stuff Asian People Like Project!

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  • 1 Gaurav Ahuja // Sep 10, 2008 at 9:54 am

    When people say “Asians are short”. They do not mean every Asian is short. They mean that Asians are shorter on average than Europeans or Africans. This is true. G

  • 2 kvietgrl // Sep 10, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Okay, I’ll take the first stab.

    I’m 5’7”, girl, and I think it’s actually fun being taller. I don’t have to alter or cut any jeans. jk =P At highly-concentrated Asian places, it’s fun because you can find people easier and you also stick out like a sore thumb in Asian countries. =)

    The only downside is you might invite more staring (#25) because people don’t expect Asian girls to be that tall. I noticed Asian people often looking at my feet to see if I’m wearing heels. Also, the comments growing up: “ohh you are so tall” but in fact you are average height at school. What else? Did you drink a lot of milk comments. I’m lactose-intolerant. My whole family will count as 4 votes. Dad – 6’1” full vietnamese Mom – 5’6” full vietnamese Brother 5’11” and still growing!!!

  • 3 kvietgrl // Sep 10, 2008 at 10:06 am

    @Gaurav, I agree that Asians are shorter on average and statistical data have shown this.

    But it’s also interesting to see how many people don’t fall under this stereotype and how it was like for them.

  • 4 Zaw Htin // Sep 10, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    6′ guy. Milk does the body good :) (until I became lactose intolerant) When I went back to visit Burma, I stuck out like a sore thumb. But my mom still has hope for me that I’ll be 6’2,” and I’m already 19…. :\ In my really Asian high school, I was one of the tallest, if not the tallest guy in every class, but now that I’m in college, there are a lot of White guys as tall or taller than me.

    But my parents are pretty short. My dad’s 5’7″ and my mom’s 5’3″. But all 3 of my mom’s brothers, my uncles, are 5’11″.

  • 5 Zaw Htin // Sep 10, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    So that’s 4 for against the stereotype and 2 for it?

  • 6 kvietgrl // Sep 10, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    cool thanks, Zaw!

    the count so far: 4+4=8 against

    and 2 for it =)

  • 7 Helen // Sep 10, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    I’m 5’4 which is hopefully average height, but for some reason people always say that I’m short. I think it’s because when white people are short no one cares, but when asians are short everyone comments on it.

    My brother is really tall. He’s 3 years younger, hasn’t gotten his growth spurt yet, but already 5’7

  • 8 Lazy AZN // Sep 10, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I’m 5’10 and i have a twin that is is 6’0 in college, and i have a little brother who is only a freshman in high school and is already 5’8, and my younger sister is in 8th grade who is about 5’6, and my dad is 5’9 and my mom is 5’3, and i have a lot of cousin around my height because everything is bigger in Texas

  • 9 Xina // Sep 11, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Im a 5′ 8 (1.78m) girl and im 16……yeah that should give you an idea..

    ” You are so tall” is one of the phrases I’ve heard the most in my life…followed by “You should be a model! ” and then followed by ” you are ASIAN?? O_O”

    yeah i guess most of the time its pretty good being quite tall, i dont stand out THAT much over here because i dont live in a Asian country but…yeah i stick out like a thumb when Im in one though.

    One problem i think im gonna face later is…finding an Asian guy who is taller than me OTL

  • 10 Xina // Sep 11, 2008 at 1:55 am

    oops actually im 5’10 sorry >3< I think..O_o…measuring in meters is so much easier!

    not used to measuring in foot, we go for Meters here.

  • 11 Shaun // Sep 11, 2008 at 5:38 am

    I’m around the low 170s centremetre mark – around 5’7 and a bit in your terms.

    Yep it sucks being “shorter than average”, but hey, what can you do? For all I care, anyone taller than me is of abnormal height…

  • 12 YASPy Chick // Sep 11, 2008 at 7:18 am

    I’m shorter than my parents. Very unusual for the Canadian born child of immigrant parents! I’m a good 2 1/2-3″ shorter than my 5’5″ mother. What don’t I like about being short? Well, the fact that I’m shorter than my mom bothers me. I also don’t like not being able to find clothes. I often buy petite and am an activist when it comes to petite clothing. What I don’t really get is why so many petite Asian women prefer to buy regular length clothes and then altering them rather than buying petite. Petite is cut to fit women shorter than 5’4″ better! (hey, I even created Shorty Stories ( to talk about these issues). I also don’t like how petite issues are treated as less important, or even ignored by size activists. Hey, being short is a problem too! Lots of short people are not taken seriously and when you’re female, you are sometimes treated like a teenager!

  • 13 david k // Sep 11, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    im korean and 5’10… not super tall but not short by american standards

  • 14 MPRepresentz // Sep 11, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Hey, I’m from Monterey Park and I attend UC Berkeley now. That’s a whole smorgasbord of Asian right there. Yes, it’s true that most Asian people are short. However, I am not. I’m a ’5’8” Chinese girl and my sister is a 5’10”. I can’t even imagine being short. Having long legs is pretty sexy, but sometimes I feel odd standing with my friends who are often under 5’5”. Size varies with Asian folk, but there are more short folk than tall.

    What’s the next stereotype? Small breasts?

  • 15 Eric // Sep 12, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    I’m 5’8″ and 15. I’m not built like the typical asian though. I play football, run track, lift weights etc. And I should be still growing.

  • 16 Asianmommy // Sep 12, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    I’m 5’1″. It’s hard to find great clothes that fit.

  • 17 Alex // Sep 13, 2008 at 8:25 am

    I’m 6’5″ and a half. It’s a blessing and a curse. It is difficult to find clothes like pants and well fitting shirts. Dating shorter girls has been difficult on the back :( . Oh yeah, I have to always watch my head. Nonetheless, it’s a blessing to be different from the norm.

    If it is anything, Asian people are growing taller and taller with better nutrition (ie. growth hormones in milk haha). My family took a trip away from California to China several years back where in one of the cities, there was a basketball competition. I’d like to say that I’ve never seen so many tall Asians in my life before.

    - Alex

  • 18 Nonasian Asian // Sep 13, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Being 5’11″ is awesome. It helps you blend in with white folk better than eye enlargement and bleaching hair.

  • 19 YvesPaul // Sep 13, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    6 feet 200 lbs of Chinese meat with facial and chest hair. Abnormal, you say?

  • 20 ubunta // Sep 14, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Well, I am a girl from Hong Kong, located in South-eastern part of China, 18 years old. I am 5’7 and 116 pounds. And man, I do agree with the fact that Asian people are shorter in general. 5’7 (170cm) is above average globally, however, 5’7 is Hong Kong is basically the average height of guys. Females averages about 5’2. Younger generations are generally taller than older generations. But most are 5’2.

    Let’s face it, Asians have a complex with height. The taller you are and whiter your skin, the more superior as a Asian female. I often get complimented by people because something I was born with. Not that I am complaining, but a lady in a Korean SuperMarket actually stared at me awkwardly. Whatever.

    I am taller than my dad, mom, and sister (no brothers in the family). But my cousins from my mom’s side are tall too, I guess I got it from them.

  • 21 dzire78 // Sep 14, 2008 at 10:24 am

    So everybody is posting on this blog about how tall they are etc etc. I wanted to post one for all the little guys out there. I’m turning 20, I’m 5’3 and taller than both of my parents. My grandparents are even shorter. I’m shorter than most Asian people and am here to say that yes, not all Asians are short but some are.

    Directed at a comment above, being a short Asian guy is not as bad as being a short white guy because white girls are way way taller. I’m considered somewhere around Asian girl height, if I was a white guy it would be a bit more awkward trying to get at some of the average sized girls, probably 5’7+.

    This is directed at any of the short guys out there who make be a bit insecure about their height. Be confident about yourself, dress good with clothes that fit, smile, and never make a big deal out of being short because it’ll just make everybody else notice and care.

  • 22 HKGirl // Sep 15, 2008 at 7:35 am

    I am 5’7 and 108lbs. The first comments I get when I meet family friends who are Asian is “Oh… you’re sooo tall and skinny”. In fact, 5’7 barely makes the cut off for “tall”, even in my family. My mother is 5’6 and my father is 5’7. My girl cousins are 5’7 and above and my guy cousins are 5’10 and above (with my guy cousin in Aussie at 6’3).

    I also get strangers staring at my feet when I go out (similar to how big-chested girls have guys staring at their chest first!). I always wear flats and this shocks people more. It’s my way of sticking my tongue out at people who can’t look at me but need to look at my feet first.

    My family sometimes makes fun of my flat-flats because my flats are about 1.5 cm above the ground. When I wear heels, I tower over all my friends, including many of the guys.

    I don’t mind being slightly taller. I don’t have to hem my pants (as said in a previous comment) and wear heels all the time.

    I must admit that it’s getting better (less stares) as more Asian girls are growing taller (slightly but surely!) and I see many more Asian girls much taller than me. I get less stares in the US/Canada but more stares in Asia or in Asian-populated areas in the US/Canada.

    I get more stares when I am standing with my boyfriend (also Asian) who is 2″ shorter. I tend to wear flats when going out with him (especially for family gatherings since they often make comments) but when I wear my heels (I only own 3″ and 4″ heels), people stare like we have an extra head between the two of us. He says he doesn’t mind but I think he does so I have acquired a very large collection of flats to make him feel less awkward.

  • 23 Shaun // Sep 15, 2008 at 10:29 am

    “What’s the next stereotype? Small breasts?”

    Hmmm… you may be onto something there MPRepresentz…

    Nah just kidding, that’s thoroughly inappropriate, given the number of female readers SAPL has! :D

    On another note, there was some talk about doing a piece on “submissive girls” on the back of the “nice guys” piece, but thankfully no one followed through on it…

    Wow, I think that may be the weirdest response I’ve ever given on these SAPL comments…

  • 24 Will // Sep 15, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    6′ 3″ since early high school. Short Asians are an oddity on college campuses on the east cost. And tall Asians with a somewhat build is getting pretty common here on the east cost. So long to skinny Asian guys.

  • 25 ricecake // Sep 16, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    I am a Korean male about 5′ 3″ tall, and I am taller than everyone else in my family (parents and two sisters).

  • 26 ~amy~ // Sep 17, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Little late on the response here but wanted to comment…I’m a 4’8\ Japanese Canadian…both my parents were born in Japan. I can’t imagine being \tall\…love being my size. I’ve gotten use to everything being geared to 5’4\+ and deal with it…not opposed to asking for help at the grocery store or whatever. It definitely seems that it is a generalization about Asians being short….although my brothers and I definitely fit the stereotype.

  • 27 AsianGator // Sep 18, 2008 at 9:37 am

    I am a little over 6’1 and 175 lb. I grew over 6 inches between age 16-18 when I switched my diet over to primarily meat and cut out almost all of the rice. My driver’s license for some time read 5′ 7, until a police officer told me I had to get it updated. It is weird because I feel that people are so used to the stereotype that asians are “supposed” to be short. Sometimes I will ask a person to guess my height and they almost always come up short-guessing between 5’8 and 5’10. I agree that it has to do with nutrition, but also genetics. My dad at his tallest (he is old and shrinking now…) was 5’10 and my mom is 5’7. I am the tallest in my family but would still like to be taller.

  • 28 Tony // Sep 20, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    I am 19 years old and 6’1 with an athletic build. I am full Filipino (where the male average is 5’7 I believe). The only taller Filipino I’ve met is my brother, who is 6’2, but have seen other Asians taller than me.

    I try not to be vain and know that I am lucky and blessed to have my height. I live in the American southeast and use my height to dispel any stereotypes. My girlfriend’s friends are always surprised to see how tall I am.

  • 29 RandomDeamer // Sep 23, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    A bit late on the comments here….

    I’m a 6’1 Taiwanese and my half-bro is 6’4. We’ve been this way since our high school years.

    Being tall has a few negatives – yes there are some. Such as – can’t bring that many clothes when traveling because the luggage gets filled up fast. And the grocery bill can get costly.

    But overall the positives outweigh the negatives.

  • 30 Stella // Oct 3, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I am 5’11 and have been over 5’7″ since middle school. My dad was 5’7 and my mom is 5’3. Its great. I am the tallest on my fathers side of the family, males and females included, and the second tallest on my moms side. I would never want to be any other height. Being an almost 6 ft tall asian girl also helps my stage presence playing shows with my band. People stare, but its never in a negative way.

  • 31 Risa // Oct 13, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    I’m 5’3, female asian, and believe it or not, I’m much taller than a lot of girls I come across. Maybe it’s because I go to a multicultural school, where there are many races and immigrants. My dad is 5’6, my brother is 5’8, and my mom is 5’0.

    I don’t think I’m THAT tall, or TOO short, but since I’m always towering over other girls (and even many boys), I feel like I’m tall.

  • 32 Oscar and the Ballerz // Oct 19, 2008 at 8:14 am

    17 and 6’6 thats right you read it right… 6 feet 6 inches or 198.5cm for me. Yes it’s in stocking feet obviously. Tallest in my whole high school, tallest in my whole family, tallest in my whole neighbourhood perhaps and tallest in all of my highschool classes.
    It’s helped me because basketball is my favourite hobby and pastime. I love helping out my friends when there team is losing against others in a basketball game at school. I’m one of the best rebounders around.
    Other than that…it’s hard to find clothes that aren’t too short or small. =(

  • 33 Me // Oct 19, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    I am 5’0. Who’s complaining?

  • 34 Estelle // Oct 20, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I’m 5’2″ and I really don’t mind being short- it makes long plane trips so much easier ;] The only thing is I wish my legs were a bit longer; I have friends who are 5’2″ or 5’3″ but their legs are so much longer than mine >:[

  • 35 Leanne // Nov 1, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    I’m 5’6” and tower over my family especially my very thin, very small, very short aunts. I have a friend who’s about 5’9” though she’s a halfie
    and I’m not sure that really counts :P

  • 36 LT // Nov 4, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    I’m 5’7.” My mom’s an inch taller. I have a friend who’s also Asian and taller than I am. Her brothers all clear 6′. So do my male cousins (all full Asian) and another Asian male friend of mine.

    What’s funny is that I’m taller than all my non-Asian female friends, save 1 (she’s 5’11″).

  • 37 SW // Nov 11, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    I am 6’10, Male, and the tallest person in the whole university (I am studying in UK) For the past 3 years, i have shown that asian people are not short after all!

  • 38 D // Nov 20, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    I’m 5′5 which is average height for an American female. But my family and relatives say I’m tall. Currently, I’m the tallest female in my family. I’m also taller than many of my adult male relatives.

  • 39 D // Nov 28, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    my dad is chinese and 6’4. he’s the tallest of his siblings, who all clear 6′.

    i’m 5’7 (female) and i frequently get called tall by asians but… 5’7 is pretty average.

    my dad says he felt like a freak while he was growing up, and before moving to the US none of his clothes ever fit.

  • 40 blah // Dec 15, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Well, I’m half-asian, half-white. My dad is white, he is 6’1″. My mom is asian, she is about 5’4″. I am 5’7 1/2″. I think that counts.

    My dad, being the kind of guy he is, wants me to be taller. But I’ve been done growing for a while now.

    I like being tall, though. Clothes fit better.1

  • 41 9thcoming // Dec 16, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    I’m 15year old guy. About 5’11

  • 42 Beruchi // Dec 21, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    I’m Chinese, a girl and I’m 5’7 3/4. My whole familiy is tall, and I tricked all the guys at my old school into thinking that all asian girls were as tall as me! (Because I was the only Chinese girl in that whole area, and they were quite ignorant back then).

  • 43 j // Dec 31, 2008 at 12:44 am

    i’m viet, about 5’6 and a girl :) i love it how i just tower over all my 5’3 friends and i don’t need to alter or hem up dresses or pants. and the fact that i see all these old asian people just look up in awe. it makes me feel, i dunno, proud :}

    but then again, all the short girls i know get really cute boyfriends -.-” it peeves me.

  • 44 Alf // Jan 2, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I’m 18 years old and HK Chinese at 5’10, still growing. My dad is 6′ and I have a cousin who is 6’4, and whole family is quite tall, but this is getting quite common in urban well off families.

  • 45 Han Thi Ngoc Tang // Jan 2, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I’m about 6’4, Vietnamese and Chinese descent. Which is pretty akward.

    I’m in High School, and I love to wear high heels, which is kinda akward. I wear heels that are usually 4 or 6 inches. So it’s pretty hard to find a guy that would actually ask me for a dance and so. I’m lucky that my boyfriend of 5 years is 6’7, and Taiwanese.

    When I go to China or Vietnam, people will just stare. It’s either about my freakishly pale skin, or about my straight nose or about my large eyes, but mostly it is about my freakish height.

    My mother is only 5’3, my maternal grandparents are 4’11 and 5’8. My paternal grandparents are about 4’10 and 5′. But it’s most likely I got it from my father, he’s 6’8. My paternal grandparents are obviously short but they did not pass that on to their children. Their shortest child is 5’7, and their tallest is 6’10.

    But being tall has there privillenges, like being an insanely good basketball, volleyball, etc. player.

  • 46 yoboman // Jan 26, 2009 at 2:56 am

    I’m a Korean male and am 5’8″.

    20 years ago when I visited Korea, I was as tall or taller than most guys my age (19 at the time) but now if I go back, I’d be either the same height or SHORTER than most Korean guys in their teens or early twenties.

    Improved diet is the biggest reason in my opinion. I’m gonna make sure my son gets plenty of red meat in his diet =)

  • 47 Without_Me // Jan 30, 2009 at 2:59 am

    I’m a shortie, I’m 5’6″ and done growing as I am 22 years old. Tall than some, shorter than most. Only in my immediate family are we up to 5’6″ my cousins on my dad’s side of the family are either 6′ or taller. Talk about a huge gap! Though, the alpha male in the family stays with our family as those guys must have traded their intellectual capacity for the height, keke jk.

    I’ve seen a trend where Asians are getting taller (mainly Chinese in Hong Kong and Korean). It’s a bit intimidating, but judging people by there character is way more valuable than judging people by their height. But it’s all good. Now, if taller women wouldn’t mind dating a shorter guy or the same height! haha ;)

  • 48 Christina // Feb 1, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Girl, 15 y/o, 5′ 6.5\. My mom is 5’7\ and my dad is 5’11\– pretty tall by both avg and asian standards. Yeah, it’s awkward with friends that are taller because you stick out like a sore thumb lol.. but I like it. Being skinny (95 lbs) it makes me look my age :P . I wish I were taller and plumper though– maybe I could model?

  • 49 Richard // Feb 19, 2009 at 9:41 am

    I’m 6’1 full Chinese!(Boo YAH no mixed beeotches) I wuz adopted by azns so yeah don’t really know the orgin of my real parents. I live in Texas so yeah everything is bigger here in Texas! I guess I’m the tallest in my imediate family have a uncle about the same height. All my friends cal me Yao 4 sum weird reason. (Yao Ming looks really ugly and I’m not ugly SHIT) but its all good :)

  • 50 Seán // Mar 4, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    I’m an Irishman, 6’2″, 220 lbs. After living in Japan and being in the States now, I can’t say I notice that much of a difference in the heights of Asians and others.

    Years ago there may have been a greater disparity, so I’m sure history plays a large role in fueling this stereotype. But given the improved nutrition people of Asian descent have access to around the world, it’s only natural the disparity in height with other races would be reduced.

    In any case, my advice is: if you’re not tall, don’t worry about it – you’re not missing much. Whether you’re 6’4” or 5’4”, carry your pride right and you’ll earn the respect you deserve.

  • 51 Chinese&proud! // Mar 21, 2009 at 9:17 am

    im not that tall but i think the reason for this stereotype is that Europeans, Africans and Americans are generally quite TALL!

  • 52 angie // Apr 22, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I’m a Chinese female standing tall and proud at 5’11.

  • 53 anna // Jun 5, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    I’m secretly envious of small Asian girls – my crushes are always telling me how they find you cute.

    If you’re tall and slim it’s great! I’m not – I’m full blood Asian, 5′ 6, neither skinny or chubby, more like athletic with broad shoulders and hips, and I dress well. Asian guys stay away from me and drool over the shorter girls. Also, they make comments about how tall I am because I am the same height as them.

    Not discriminating against Asian guys, but I wish sometimes you’d give us taller girls a chance. (in reference to the entry on white guys and asian chicks) I’d actually like an Asian boyfriend but it seems easier to go for someone who doesn’t judge me so much for how I don’t fit the stereotypical ideal of an Asian girlfriend

  • 54 anna // Jun 5, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Also, being tall makes shopping in Asian places like Seoul, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia painful – sometimes they don’t cater for taller/larger sizes, or dresses end up being super short

    Those girls out there who wish they were taller – appreciate being able to shop there :)

  • 55 Jiyan // Jun 12, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    5’10″ Filipino-Chinese. But hey, whatever.

  • 56 Li // Jul 30, 2009 at 3:22 am

    Lol, I’m 5′9” and female… and even wishing I was longer so I can reach the upper shelves in the supermarket ;-D

  • 57 Roxzane // Aug 24, 2009 at 12:03 am

    I’m Korean, a Girl, and 13 yrs old but I’m 5’6″
    Usually th 5th or 6th tallest in class (In Canada btw so not actually in Asia ^^)
    Beat that stereotypes! Ha~ :P

  • 58 sandy // Sep 26, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Malaysian, female – reached 5’6” when i was 13. Unfortunately, i’ve stopped growing since then.
    But it doesn’t matter, as 5’6” is still considered taller than average in terms of Asian height standards…
    Best thing? long legs.
    Worst thing would have to be gigantic feet. Went to China and had all the sales assistants giggling at them grrrr.
    Have always been in tallest in all my classes, which changed to “tallest 5″ when i moved to Australia at 11. lol

  • 59 meh // Oct 14, 2009 at 2:11 am

    i’m a chinese chick, 161cm. 5’3.5 i think? 5’5 is my ideal height. those wikipedia stats for the average woman seems quite high, in most western countries the average female height is about 5’4 to 5’5. And yes, from observation, on average, Asians are shorter than most other ethnicities. though i’m quite short i still prefer tall guys, 6′ +. lol.

  • 60 homie // Oct 26, 2009 at 1:57 am

    me 5’10”,MALE

    although im not tall,im big. about 90kg.

    when i was much younger ,i worried about my height,

    i live in china,at that time im afraid im not tall,so i cant be popular in sports.but after 16 i became very strong among my mates,im big but not fat at all.after that i had never worried about my height.

    i admit the average height of chinese is shorter than west ppl.but it is in south china,

    north chinese dont have so apparent difference.

    and the reason is several generation before,chinese have few stuff to eat.that will be inherited.

    in north china, the typical or average height of male should be 5’10” i think .but new generation should be taller,i dunno

  • 61 Kai // Nov 5, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    let review, ppl that are taller, did u grow up in america or asia? since ur diet is really different and environmental factors could result in your stranger height… yes it strange, just go back to your home country n see the difference in your height and theirs ^-^

  • 62 Kevin // Nov 12, 2009 at 6:50 am

    19, 5’6 full asian male. Your stereo typical little asian man who knows kungfu, and have ninjas following me around.

  • 63 someguy // Nov 26, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    this is kinda dumb… In Korea the average male height is over 5 feet 9 inches small compare to Most of europe but not that short in North America.

  • 64 serena // Dec 15, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    i’m an asian girl and i’m 5’8″
    i grew up in america, drinking milk and eating tons of meat, so whenever i go home to china i feel like everyone’s shorter, and they do tend to stare XD
    i’m taller than most of the family, and it’s cool
    there’s this perception among my relatives and stuff that a girl should be really petite and delicate looking. i’m 5’8″ and i like to play football with my neighbors. i wont marry a chinese boy who thinks like my family haha

  • 65 Mindy // Jan 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Female, 5′ 0”. Full blooded Vietnamese of Chinese descent. And I am so sick of the DRINK MORE MILK! comments, because I drank three glasses a day until high school, and I still drink milk daily, which is more than I can say about anybody I know. I am still short, and tall lactose-intolerants I know get praise for “drinking milk” and growing tall. wtf is that?!

  • 66 aaron // Jan 21, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    6’2″. i never drank milk that stuff’s disgusting. most people are surprised that i’m this tall. little brother is 6’1 and going to surpass me soon.

  • 67 Asia // Feb 2, 2010 at 1:07 am

    IM 6ft6 and im asian tall and big and 16 years old

  • 68 moon123 // Mar 14, 2010 at 6:44 pm


    I’m a shortie too, 4’11” Chinese American…I love being short, and being different in general…It seems that a lot of Asians do have a height complex, which is ridiculous to me. So what is Asians are stereotyped to be short, being short is not a bad thing at all.

  • 69 erin // May 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I’m a 16 year old Chinese-American girl and I’m 5’8. My dad and my brother are both 5’9.

  • 70 KAGEXXX // May 11, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Im 5’1, and not even an asian >__<

  • 71 Anonymous // May 13, 2010 at 8:54 am

    im 20 and im 5″61/2
    brother 21, 6″
    aunty 40, is 5″8 1/2
    my cousin 18, is 5″9

  • 72 Prestonya // Jun 22, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Hi, Im 27 female from Malaysia. Im an Indian and Im 6 feet tall. Both my parents are shorter than me but I was told I take the height from my grandfather who was also 6 feet +. My sisters are average Asian height but my brother is 6 feet 3.
    And its true that you get starred at almost EVERYWHERE you go. Ive been 6 feet tall ever since I was 17 or 18. It still annoys me when people stare and make it very very obvious. Then they look at your feet to see if you’re wearing heels. I like to wear heels and when I do, im 6 feet 2. And people act like its a crime. “You’re so tall, why are you wearing heels?”
    People laugh at me when I walk past them, making comments about how tall I am.
    Its been happening a lot and its annoying. So to people out there, STOP looking like we are aliens.
    Thank you :)

  • 73 Jackson // Jun 24, 2010 at 5:36 am

    im only just 1.75m and im the tallest full asian in my year. even tho im tall for a stereotypical asian i feel short cause i live in oz. all these white girls are taller than me T-T

  • 74 Jackson // Jun 24, 2010 at 5:37 am

    milk is awesome. it makes me feel like im growing

  • 75 Jackson // Jun 24, 2010 at 5:42 am

    i think asian girls being short makes them so much cuter. itd be weird if there was an asian girl lookin down on me

  • 76 Palala // Jul 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I’m about 5’4 which is probably average. I’m glad I’m not too tall or too short. I think shorter girl is more attractive on a scale of 5’3-5’7. As for guys I think height should matter because Girls can grow a couple inches by wearing heels. As the saying; Weight to girls is like Height to Guys :P

  • 77 Simon // Jul 21, 2010 at 11:41 am

    6′ 2″
    and I’m chinese.. I’ve always been kinda tall.. I’m just as tall if not, taller than all my white friends.. I personally don’t know what its like to be short (obviously) but I can guess what it’s like since I’m always asked to reach for something. My entire family is short though.. My parents are under 5′ 4″ and my older sister is like 5′ 5″. Being born in Manhatan NY and growing up eating burgers and meat maybe helped me get to my size?? I dunno, but the ladies like tall guys so I guess that’s a plus for me..

  • 78 Simon // Jul 21, 2010 at 11:52 am

    ooo.. and I hate being stared at.. almost everywhere I go.. cuz I’m soo good looking..
    And milk doesn’t help you grow at all.. It makes ur bones stronger if anything..

  • 79 sarah // Aug 15, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Hi. I’m a Malay Malaysian female standing at just 5’1. Definitely someone who you’d call shortie/petite. I just turned 23 years old in July so there’s no hope in me getting any taller.sigh. Anyway, speaking of experiences, I have loads of funny and embarrassing experiences due to my lack of height. I went to study abroad in the UK so obviously everyone there, in general, was taller than me. I usually had to ask for others’ hand in helping me to get stuffs from high aisles in supermarkets which could be embarrassing at times. There were times when some nice shoppers, esp Brits who offered to help me in getting stuffs when they saw me struggling and literally jumping to try and get those stuffs myself *blush* I also experienced several situations where I was asked to show my student ID card to prove that I was above 18years old to buy a set of knives in a supermarket and the like. Besides, I used to cause a huge embarrassment for myself when I accidentally hit some random guy’s tummies just outside the library during peak hours in my uni!I cant believe how tall Brits are..On the more positive side, I used to get away due to my physical attributes and I got to buy my clothings from children’s sections and was offered children’s rates for attractions tickets and stuffs.Lol.

  • 80 Pho_is_good // Aug 18, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I’m 18, 4’9″ and its been a genetic thing in my family to be “short” (well except for the guys)

  • 81 illin // Aug 22, 2010 at 7:54 am

    i’m 5’2″ and chinese. however, everyone else in my family is taller (girls averaging 5’5, boys 5’9″ and up). a lot of southern chinese tend to be on the shorter side (although lots of HK stars are tall, as most celebrities around the world are) which is where i think the stereotype comes from. other southern chinese find it surprising that my family isn’t from the north, where people tend to be taller. northern asians are taller, just like northern europeans.

  • 82 Jennifer // Aug 25, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Being a short Asian doesn’t really bother me. Living in Hawaii where Asians in general are the majority, being tall is something everybody stares at lol.

  • 83 Kathy // Sep 5, 2010 at 7:44 am

    I’m 5’9 and female asian which is quite uncommon but I absolutely love it. I wouldn’t mind growing a bit more, but I would hate to be any shorter than what I am. I do agree that majority of asians are short but I know quite a few tall asians myself, some even taller than me :)

  • 84 chingis // Nov 8, 2010 at 7:41 am

    hey guys!
    not all asians r same
    chinese, korean, japan r shorter and smaller
    but we r different mongolian, kazakh, uzbek tadjiki, tatar,
    we r bigger stronger and taller, u should learn to divide us,

  • 85 hmong girl // Nov 8, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I’m Hmong-American and 5’0″.
    My sisters are 5’4″.
    My brother is 5’8″.

    I’m the smallest in the family even though I’m the middle child. It’s because of genetics but nutrition may play a part.
    I was born and raised two years in a refugee camp in Thailand with little nutrition and was always a sick child.

    Concerning the breast comment above…I’ve heard the stereotype of Asian women having small breasts. My mom and 3 out of 4 of my sisters have large breasts (C cup or larger).
    One of my younger sister and I are A cups.
    So even in the same family, there is variety.

  • 86 Camille // Jan 16, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    For all you people who are complaining about being 5 feet tall, screw you! lol! At least you’re 5 feet tall. I’m half chinese/french canadian and I’m 4″10… -_-
    My younger sister is taller than me. she’s 5 feet something maybe 3?

  • 87 wood pellets // Mar 1, 2011 at 1:23 am

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  • 88 mhs // Mar 11, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    ‘Asians are short’ is not a stereotype; it is indeed fact. It is a fact that Asian countries (aside from India) have average population heights that are statistically significantly shorter than just about all African and European countries. A lot of people posting their rather-tall-for-an-Asian heights on here seem to be younger and American-born, and most of us know that those are factors that can increase height in Asians over generations. I’ve lived in Europe, NYC and California most of my life, and sure, I’ve seen some rather tall Asians – but I sure as hell have seen MANY more short Asians and 100x as many tall blacks or whites.

    And to comment on what someone else said earlier, smaller average breast size is not a stereotype either (and for that matter smaller average penis size, too) – it’s proven by fact and statistics just like height is. I don’t see why anybody would be offended by a straightforward discussion on facts about our own race

  • 89 mhs // Mar 11, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Oh, and for the record, I’m pretty typical at 5’3″ and not complaining at all – my height is my favorite physical attribute about myself. However, I stray quite a bit from the breast size norm with my all natural D cups!

  • 90 compleetlyylility // Mar 12, 2011 at 5:24 am

    I don’t mind myself being tall.

    I used to hate it because all my girl friends are a head shorter than me.

    So when I had to talk to them I had to hunch down to hear what they are saying. This had gradually made my standing posture worse. So I had became a hunch.
    I use to dont care about my posture so much, but after seeing myself in the reflected mirrors, it did look bad. I didnt like what I looked like. So I began practising my back to be straight again.

    I stopped hunching when i talk to my girlfriends and made them talk louder instead. But I just wish my asian friends are as tall as me or taller. That would be heaps good.
    Im not trying to boast about my size at all. At situations like this , you would rather be abit shorter so that you could be included in some sort of activity, wouldnt you?

  • 91 anothertallasian // Oct 21, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Tall Asian woman story!

  • 92 ilovehorseyrides // Sep 27, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    I’m 23, 5’1″
    My mom and aunts (from CA), 50-60, 4’11”-5′
    My sister, 17, 5’4”
    My cousin, 13, 5’4”

  • 93 ilovehorseyrides // Sep 27, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    I also have an aunt that’s about 4’10”

  • 94 ilovehorseyrides // Sep 27, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Basically I’m on the short side but I’m taller than my mom 2 of my aunts that lives in California

  • 95 Dean-Li // Apr 11, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    I am Chinese living with my family, Romania, I’m 21 tall and 5’11”, my sister is 23 and 5’7, my cousin is 35 and 6’1”, my cousin is 14 and 5’8” tall.
    – Asians are short – is a stereotype here, even if they have seen a lot of Asians taller than 5’10′ here – if you ask Romanians what is the average height for Chinese men they tell you 5’3” and for women 4’11.
    If you ask what is the average height for Romanian men they tell you 5’8 for men and 5’5 for women.
    I have not visited China yet, to see, but let see what statistics say average height for Romanians
    in the region with the taller people Dobrogea are
    5’6” for men and 5’2 for women .
    The average height of a Shandong male is 5’9” , while females measure in at 5’7” on average.
    Running in second place is Beijing, with an average height of 5’7 for men and 5’6” for women.
    Heilongjiang comes in a close third with an average height of 5’9” for men and 5’5 cm for women.
    Shanghai placed eighth on both lists, with the men standing 5’8 on average and females measuring in at 5’4”
    I have two comments
    1 – according to official statistics are provinces in China where women are just as high if not higher than a Romanian man and far tall than Romanian women
    2 – In the past I had a girlfriend who was a Romanian of 21 years old 4’10 high.
    How about this stereotype?
    If you want to enjoy the pleasure of being taller than a lot of white people I invite you here. Romanians are good people, not racists and are really curious about foreigners if not I could say foreign worshipers.

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