This question is actually about dragons, not humans. I'm writing a story involving Chinese dragons, so how would I describe them without actually saying "Chinese/Asian dragon"?
Chinese vs. Western Dragons
Research Chinese dragons, and note the differences between them and Western dragons in mythology. That’s how I’d start.
The search term “Chinese Dragon vs. Western Dragon” brings up a wealth of results.
- Chinese Dragon vs. Western Dragon
- List of dragons in mythology and folklore
- Chinese Dragon: A Powerful Metaphor in Chinese Cultural History
You can just describe your Chinese dragons as they are (how they look, act, their ability, etc) and perhaps describe the setting as well if it’s in China and you wish to show this without explicitly stating it.