Or maybe I'm making this quiz about pretty Asian women because I'm extremely chauvinistic? I was struggling to use Japanese with the Japanese-speaking teachers. But while I was “bombing,” my ears did catch one part of a conversation. How did the idea for this quiz come about, you ask? I remember having lunch with my AEON coworkers one day (during my extended eikaiwa stint).Neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky constructed a reproductive spectrum with opposite poles being tournament species, in which males compete fiercely for reproductive privileges with females, and pair bond arrangements, in which a male and female will bond for life.
In modern times, emphasis on the institution of marriage, generally described as a male-female bond, has obscured pair bonds formed by same-sex and transsexual couples, and that many heterosexual couples also bond for life without offspring, or that often pairs that do have offspring separate.
They all, almost in unison, turned to me and asked if I could tell the difference between Chinese, Japanese and Korean faces. Sometimes I can distinguish Korean faces and Japanese ones but not all the time.
If a Korean person has strong facial features it’s a little easier to tell (it’s not really the eyes so much as it higher, more defined cheekbones, and a stronger jawline (in men).
Dating as an institution is a relatively recent phenomenon which has mainly emerged in the last few centuries.
From the standpoint of anthropology and sociology, dating is linked with other institutions such as marriage and the family which have also been changing rapidly and which have been subject to many forces, including advances in technology and medicine.