My son had a CULP trip to South Asia. This is something he shared with me. One of the local military officers told my son "You don't look like an American!" My son is bi-racial: half Far East Asian and half Caucasian. He could pass as a light skinned Hispanic, a light colored Sephardi Israeli (Israeli with middle eastern origin), a European with a Latin origin (Mediterranean), etc -- a multi purpose diversity candidate In many part of the world, they still think of Americans as Caucasian. Furthermore, in this country where my son was a CULP participant, there is such a premium for a light skin color even men were using bleaching cream for the face. My son said there is a real status difference along the skin color line My son's answer to this observation by the local officer: well, in USA I look just as much American as anyone. That's the beauty of my country. In fact, if you were part of the US Army, you would look just as American as anyone else, and will be respected as such. I was very proud of his answer. I think he made USA look good!