It's a funny thing ~ sort of. I work side-by-side two Chinese people, one man and one woman, who together have presented an interesting pattern in our company. It took awhile for me to notice, but eventually I realized that every time the two of them agreed or realized that they shared something in common, they'd look at each other, then look at me and say, "It's an Asian thing."
At first, I was intrigued and wanted to understand how being Asian brought them to make such attributions about themselves. It's the ultimate appreciation of diversity, right? Learning from differences and gleaning insights into how cultural identities help shape who we are. But then after it continued from everything to being good with computers to being lactose intolerant, to liking the same websites and foods, I became interested in more than cultural influence and genetic heritage. After all, lots of people are lactose intolerant. I count myself as one of them. Or, on the other hand, should I assume that I'm not good with computers because I'm not Asian? It's hard to say. So, then I changed the comparison and looked at the three of us as two women and one man, absent our ethnicities. How interesting, I thought it was that she and I (her name is Patty) never - ever - explain our opinions or preferences as being "a female thing." It wouldn't even occur to us.