Sounds like an ESL speaker, probably not raised here. When I was considering taking work in Singapore the man I interviewed with explained by way of trying to prevent culture shock that they view race and ethnicity differently there. A lot of flourishing multicultural countries are very upfront with racial and ethnic stereotypes and discussion. It's only western countries that really have a taboo against ever discussing race or ethnicity. France is a huge example of how the western attitude can fail; a place where race was "invisible", until half the country burned down. Can't really comment on the broader analysis he's making.