When I am traveling Europe I often get mistaken for someone (maybe famous). I believe it has to do with the foreigner maybe not knowing the person's looks that well but I think it is more of not being able to hone in on attributes that are outside of their race/ethnicity. Is there a good word or phrase that sums this up?
I took 4 pictures with random people when I was in Europe for a month a few weeks back, and I was supposed to be 3 different people.
Note: Just to be clear, this isn't someone in a different country saying, "You look like so and so." This is them really believing that you are that person.