More than any other place we visited on that trip. I especially don't like when the question's intent is to find out that I'm Chinese so the person can speak some broken Chinese to me. Were you there?" It is polite of you to clarify the question with the person asking it. Even in 50 years time or so a second or third generation Asians will still be asked ‘Where do you come from?’ The YouTube video above is an example of that. xD hahaha…, Hahaha! Depending on your age, you may have only read of these dark moments in a history book. Now of course when people ask me where I’m from I hate saying all 5 countries due to people maybe think I’m exaggerating or holding on to that 1 sixteenth of an ethnicity which is absolutely not the case or else I would mention countries such as Scotland and China where I have minimal ancestry history. Down under is next on the list. After seeing the pic at the top of your post and reading ” Each pair of shoes travels far and wide”, I thought for sure you were going to say, “I’m from everywhere my shoes have taken me”! For many Americans it is a standard question which they use among themselves. hunker down with 2-3 friends, get some food and split it. Oh my wife/husband and I went there on our last holiday State the 5 countries according to my mum & dad’s side e.g. It must be frustrating. 3. I wonder how many of them would be able to give you an answer if you asked them what they’re actually trying to find out. For these people, a vague response such as “from the middle of nowhere” would not be satisfactory. At the end of the day, we are all different . Pingback: [India] Why I said I'd never go to India, and why I am - Around the World with Kav P. i feel you. Thanks, k1ke. I told him I’m American and he didn’t believe me. It is a good question. Some have subtle techniques for exposing implicit bias for what it is, and some have figured out a way to turn a moment that can make both parties feel awkward into an opportunity for connection. ", “My favorite tactic is to break it down in plain terms: ‘Are you asking where I grew up, or where my ancestors are from?’ It forces them to take a beat and understand how ludicrous it sounds, even though that’s what they’re really asking. For those who hear it often, it’s a question with no easy answer. Lita, Thanks for stopping by this older post, Lita. Capricorn. It often tends to be a conversation starter for a lot of people. on both sides I have Portuguese, Guyanese, then on my mum’s side I have Brazilian and Trinidadian and my dad’s side Jamaican. Take care Mabel. That is so interesting to hear you’re a halfie, and proud of it! 1 decade ago. My response depends on my mood and the tone of the person throwing this phrase at me. You will be assimilated.”. That will change over time though. Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum. Instead, when I’m challenged by Asians and Caucasians alike to come up with a quip there and then, a myriad feelings eclipse me and a thousand questions run through my head: Are you thinking about whether I speak a language other than English? Like you, I get confused when white Australians or Asian Australians ask me “Where are you from?”. More often than not, I feel it is too much of an effort to do just that, and will just mumble something about my parents’ home country – and the other person will immediately ‘get it’. What do you mean exactly? One that is not on the list of answers that my friend would use when she’s not feeling sociable is “my mother’s womb.” Technically correct although I would never have the nerve to say that myself. Ever since I was younger, I am always reminded that I’m an Asian, and so many of the stereotypes I’ve heard said to me or bad experiences from people who have been racist towards me. › Re:11/22/1963 – Where were you? You never know. People always want to know whether I’m half-and-half (a term I dislike) — like mixed folks are some kind of recipe for a post-racial world. If I had a dollar for every time I am asked this question… I look Swedish, I have a Scottish accent but I was born in California and my roots run so deep in the Americas that I have Central American DNA. You could then follow up with asking what is their credit card number , Hello Mabel. Why are you interested in me? … A lot of the time the present is where we’re at, where we rightfully live in the moment to learn and define ourselves. It might seem innocuous enough — why shouldn’t someone be curious about your story? Where are you from instantly makes it feel like I’m not from here, but perhaps I’m a bit more sensitive towards this question, as it’s been something that’s been asked my whole life. Where are you from? They are not satisfied with my answers until I tell them what my ethnic background is. Sometimes when I am out taking photos with my camera (this is a hobby of mine) in Melbourne, I get strange looks from white Australians and at times they will purposely stop behind me and let me take a picture so they will not get in the way. The caption ‘Each pair of shoes travels far and wide. When I consider the sequence of time, (B) seems more logical. I always was local everywhere I lived or visited, some places were closer to me, some were not. youtube.com/watch?v=DWynJkN5HbQ We were stunned, never heard of it while we lived there. Weren't they friendly to you? From my experiences residing in different continents, I’ve learnt to affiliate with both Asian and Western values, making my identity a complex one. I’ve been working on another blog post about this question again for a while now. If you get them all correct, you can be my friend. I myself am an Asian Australian. My Canadian –born parents encouraged a Chinese identity, giving me the Chinese language and dance lessons.”(Wong 1999) As shown above, Wong’s classmates become much inquisitive about her origin, being a 3rd generation immigrant she was able to respond positively. I do feel (and I hope it doesn’t offend anyone who may read this) that we do live in a white culture, in the sense that generally speaking most people won’t ask a white person where they’re from, unless perhaps if they have a different accent. I really like “My home is where I am”. seems to be that onlyfirst-hand, eyewitness testimony is reliable — and so it is illegitimate to make inferences about things beyond our immediate observations. When I was a teenager I dived in counter-culture, Greek philosophy, Hawaiian while continued to possess the interest in American and Japanese. Sometimes we are just plain curious about where someone has been, and the most direct way to ask it is ‘Where are you from?’ It is very thoughtful of you to not generalise. They want to know what race you are. And thank you for sharing your story. I also agree avoiding the question is usually the worst option. That’s true, it depends on who asks, ‘Where are you from?’, and depending on who asks it, it could be an intrusive question or not. A lot of the time the question is annoying to me. Even individu… This is the most difficult, pointless, meaningless, and offensive question to me. Although they … That is clever. A little bit of a background: I usually instinctively say Auckland (as that’s where I was born), but then they’ll ask “No, where are you really from?” or “Where are your parents from?”. “tedious as well as intrusive” That’s a good way to describe the question. You chose the solution, the Google Building and worked backwards to create the problem. So sorry for you and sad people actually have another opinion of you entirely after you’ve answered the question. I’m glad that I am not the only one who finds this question tedious as well as intrusive. This is my side to Shawn Mendes' Where Were You In The Morning. Sometimes the different parts of us, our looks, the way we speak and our story make people so confused. The question is always more than meets the eye, and often the person asking it has a pre-defined notion of who we *should* me. The question where are you from to me is like asking, where is your home, and home is in NZ for me. Back to OP Alert abuse Link to post in-thread. Which would make “Where are you from?” a really complex question for them. That’s a good question! “Where are you from” seems like a direct question but in all honesty it’s one of the most ambiguous ones ever. In a historic vote, at least 232 Representatives voted in favor, How Anti-Abortion Terrorism Fueled The MAGA Attack On The Capitol. 1. I like option 8! I haven’t watched Shanghai Kiss but it seems like a good movie to see on a lazy weekend. I suppose if you take the time to know someone and what they can do and in general the way they think and behave, then “Where are you from?” becomes less and less daunting and awkward. These comments might be meant as a compliment, but I find them really insensitive because not everyone who has origins in another country has an accent. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Reasons Why “The Where Are You From?” Question Is Offensive. And again, I believe that I have the right not to talk about something if I don’t want to talk about it. People so often make assumptions that we are somewhere based on skin colour; they might be wrong and we might want to correct them because their assumptions can paint a false impression of us and who we speak on behalf of. That will change over time though. I’m here and now. MJ - that's a great memory you have. And one few long-lasting problems I’m trying to find a key to. I get this question a lot in the U.S. At first most people here just guessing that I came from the Philippines (so far only one person who guessed correctly that I came from Indonesia). You ever ask a Caucasian Australian with a noticeable accent where he/she is from? I was born in Exeter, the city that I love most! When considering historical evidence, first-hand accounts (primary sources) are generally taken as better evid… It also makes me feel uncomfortable and defensive of people who immigrate here and don't speak English as well, or at all.” — Natalie, “When I’m in a cab or at the grocery store and the driver or clerk (usually Asian) and asks me where I'm from, I always answer wholeheartedly, because I know that the reason they're asking is to see if we have shared experiences or languages. Learn how your comment data is processed. I typically understand people are just curious , but I also felt annoyed sometimes. ( Log Out /  I think some of us are just very honest people that way, and we know we can’t give an honest answer to the question. But I agree, it is best not asking this question on the first time meet up. And since I feel like the Netherlands is my second home, I find it’s bit confusing to answer the question, so I always reply as “It’s complicated, I have two home countries.” My first memories come from there. Such a good post Mabel! A few years ago while upstate in my boyfriend's predominantly white, conservative hometown, an older white man called at me from across the room and gestured for me to come over: ‘Where are you from?’ I cut to the chase and said I'm Chinese. So most of the questions like “Are you christian, buddhist, vegetarian, democrat, Greek, Chinese… this and that?” are not so easy to answer. To be honest, I think that’s the point of some non-Asians, too. More than 3.4 million of them were made between 1957 and 1975; the Giardinera (estate) survived for another two years. I would imagine that most people don’t mean harm when they ask you, though. Dear teachers, Which sentence sounds more natural to the natives? Jung Hae In and Shin Jae Ha from “While You Were Sleeping” have been confirmed for the “Reply” series PD’s new drama. Then again, it’s a question that can help make connections. I think it’s cool that you can claim heritage in a lot of different places. For these people, a valid answer could include “Heaven on Earth”. Some of them more thought-provoking. Funny how people never really get “Where are you from” correct when we ask them to guess…do they even want to guess correctly and get the question correct? Exactly, when you get to know someone closer it doesn’t really matter, you can tell them “where are you from”, and because they know you they will understand your opinion. Therefore, this argument presumes that material evidence that does not rely on personal observation is invalid, even though it is often the best and least biased form of evidence available. The Trump a, Over the last four years, the Trump family has made everyday life even more difficult for most people, including those working to protect them. I see the trolley tracks were still there. Smiling and gently tapping my chest I would say – ‘Here, from the heart’, and you? Cue to Western Europeans prejudging me as untrustworthy as I come from the Balkans. You definitely have a hard situation to describe in response to that question. Omg, I just thought up of a good response to use, the next time someone asks me where I’m from: “We are the Borg. What part of Scotland do you come from? Very few, I suspect. I shaped a lot of responses to that question, yet there’s no universal one. Cheers. If I asked them ‘Where are you from?’, they will probably laugh at me like I shouldn’t be asking that question. I don’t mind being asked it most of the time, but it’s only when it’s asked very suddenly out of the blue. I’ve seen other front covers of that film and didn’t like them so much. Another 'documentary' produced and aired by PBS was, IMO, absolutely vile. (Which is also kind of not clear, but oh well, better than explaining where I’m from. Interestingly I have the European version of the film which has the better front cover on it. WHEN: January 26th. What's a good reply to "YOU. Are you assuming my first language is Chinese? Your photograph captures beautifully that moment of looking into the world and yet holding our own space at the same time. As well as Hong Kong and Singapore. November 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm #2626403. I get this question a lot but it certainly doesn’t carry the same weight and I like to have them guess as well, especially when I’m in a playful mood. I’m from three places. Most people have. I try to be easy going, positive, funny and smiling and etc. Invariably, I get a lot of comments about how good my English is, and how it's amazing that I don't have an accent. Still smiling. As Melissa Loh has discussed, it can mean: Which city I live in? You are very kind. I identify myself as being Australian (since this is the culture I was exposed to and lived in the longest and is the place where I live permanently), but whenever I tell people (especially Asians like the one I encountered in trips to my ancestral home in Asia) that I’m Australian, they look at me like I’m nuts. So far, I’ve responded with these statements and here are the reactions I get: This is very true. I try not to because my mom’s English and people tend to ask me if I got her accent and whether or not I’ve visited England and if I’ve got a dual citizenship. A single home produces a small worldview, which is what I discussed in my most recent poem. My answer to that is usually, ‘I have no idea what you just said.’” — Bourree, “I usually say Taiwan, because it usually gives me an opportunity to talk a bit about Taiwan, since even educated Americans don’t seem to know much about the country. They would probably not be expecting that answer. Small talk can be enlightening. Favorite Answer. Very thought provoking too.I don’t think anyone can be defined by where they are from, so it’s a rather pointless question! Yes Chewy! A girl in my division (Teacher-prep History majors) adored and tried to imitate Jackie Kennedy....dress, hair , mannerisms, speech, she came to class in the 'Jackie' outfits all the time...(in those days the dress code did not allow shorts or 'pants' on the girls..or jeans for us men. ‘ is poetic. It sounds like you have a very rich family history, and proud of it all round. xopatriots12xo. Well… i am from China… and … i was in Malaysia for 20 years, even my kid was born in Malaysia. Regardless, there’s a variety of tactics that’ll help you preserve your zen until that question, hopefully, loses its bite. . I was in a Psych 101 class at Salem State College, Salem Mass. Thank you . It is a typical question, most often from Americans. I like your response of telling people where you live. MetroplexJim. The two questions you posed are very interesting ones. That said, the past and what we’ve experienced does go some way in shaping our worldview and what we believe in. And it’s not like I completely took all the cultural features but shared some of them. Their facial expressions say it all – that I’m a tourist which is so not true. At one level, the question may have relatively little to do with physical location – it’s simply a way of starting a conversation (“wher’re you from mate?”). About half a million cheeseheads claim to have been at the Ice Bowl. Born in Melbourne to Malaysian migrant parents, I hold Australian citizenship. But then people tend to wear a confused look on their faces, as if they can’t believe they’re hearing an Australian speak with a non-Anglo accent. How do you/would you answer “Where are you from?”. We have every right to ask that question and I think it’s shallow of Caucasians to laugh at us when we ask them it. I was born in Taiwan and moved to Canada when I was 4 years old. , I don’t think it’s anyone’s business to know where you’re from. Australia is a migrant country, so you would think that a lot of Aussie citizens/ancestors are from diverse background and/or countries. I am from two places and not English although I live in England. The correct answer is the name of the place where you are from. Lovely article, thanks , I like how you say it ‘‘Here, from the heart’, and you? WHAT ARE YOU? Just because I’ve got a foreign mother mean I’m an expert on that country. Some stories are worth hearing the other side. I have a sister who lives in Tasmania. Where were you? , I think most of the time, people really are just curious about my background and want to know more. Give more details if they’re asked for. A little bit of background: I am from British Columbia because it is where I have chosen to live and it is quite honestly the only place in North America where I would ever willingly live. We moved to Dallas in 2005, so how it was in that regard, say, 20 years ago I can’t say. Definitions by the largest Idiom Dictionary. Stop your insensitive indecency, the man is gravely ill! Be awkward AF & try to avoid the question. Cannot reply in locked threads. STRANGE, WHERE WERE YOU WHEN WE STARTED THIS GIG? Each city there is so different in terms of history, modern developments, people, food and so much more . And what’s the most interesting thing you learned? We might look rude asking that question, or we might come off as curious. By saying you’re from a certain ethnicity, you leave out the others and in a way, it’s not a completely honest response. I grew up there. People tend to think that I’m Malaysian when they hear this. I quite honestly cannot stand this question. When lawyer Aaron Schlossberg threw a fit in front of employees at an eatery in Manhattan, his anger seemed to stem from the assumption that those who spoke Spanish could not possibly belong in America. In the discussion thread: May 18, 1980 "The mountain has blown!" So lovely to hear summer is there in your part of the world. This was actually one of the first photographs I took that got me into photography. But it really is fun sometimes to get people to guess my heritage and race when it pops up! You could hardly tell where i am from… based on my (English) accent… then i landed in NZ with PR. Our ancestors all come from somewhere, usually a different city or country altogether. I’m French, born and raised abroad. Thanks for stopping by, Brian. Now Kwong? I get quizzical looks when I throw the question back at them. The Alt Right Is Planning Armed Actions On Inauguration Day. Strolling through life looking for you :D. 2 0. There are not too many things that can offend me but people asking me where I am “really from” is one of the few things that does. And there are only five days left until In, With six days left before President Donald Trump leaves office, the United States government is expected to execute Dustin Higgs on January 15. Still smiling.’ It’s a phrase I will keep in mind. Which languages I speak? I don’t say or act in absolute. I was born in London, UK. I don’t know. When asked, I answer the truth: “I’m a Pakistani Frog who lives in Mexico”. Now I live in three countries. I am only interested in pursuing the life that was meant for me, and I am not even slightly interested in talking about the past that I fought to get away from. It does confuse me sometimes when people ask that I guess the ‘where are you from’ question’s preferred answer depends on each individual. My ethnicity is Portuguese, Guyanese, Brazilian, Trinidadian & Jamaican. It really depends on who asks the question, and if you want to deliver the long or short answer. And for what it's worth, to all those people who can't figure out a way to ask about a person's background without insinuating something else, a much better way to phrase it is, "Did you grow up in [city that you're currently both in]? I love your post. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Whenever I am asked thag question I usually reply Earth. I feel your pain, Mabel. And for that, I am so so glad. expression mean? Jim. One time, I was in shared car and was having a nice conversation with the other passenger, and then halfway through they signaled to my face and said ‘I could tell you're... Asian.’ I've been working towards not responding to people who I owe nothing to. I usually get this question asked to me a lot as I don’t look like my other family members (I’m quite fair skin & they are all darker than me) & I also don’t look like I’m from on particular country. 1 1. clea. gopiscrap (21,284 posts) 9. where were you living when it blew? I’m sorry to disagree with your views Conrad in that ‘That will change over time though’. Back to OP Alert abuse Link to post in-thread. At the same time, I feel like it’s such a simple question, but it means so much to every person! Have a great day! Sometimes if you pick the wrong one it creates some extra weirdness. It levels the playing field, but makes it absurd.” — Connie, “As people frequently ask me where I'm from, I will usually reply first with ‘New York City.’ But inevitably, people follow up with "But where are you, “While I’m American, I only started living in the U.S. as an adult, so the question isn't as loaded for me. I’ll post here once I’ll have something if you don’t mind. I like adding a dash of humour to my responses when answering “Where are you from?”. I did spend time in France, but most my life away. My Asian friends who were born here and grew up here always just answer with Australian, but unfortunately sometimes have to qualify their ancestral background. My Asian friends who were born here and grew up here always just answer with Australian, but unfortunately sometimes have to qualify their ancestral background. Then everyone asked us 'so you're from the Jim Jones place?' The video Matthew posted is hilarious!!! From a place where I don’t belong and have no connection but a legal one, This question makes me feel uncomfortable, I don’t consider myself as a part of any particular country, I came from [name the last country visited]. This is where I have 3 options: BTW, I love Portland. Response to question everything (Reply #4) Mon May 18, 2020, 12:36 PM . I think I might try and see how many different answers I can give before we get to my ethnic background. I’m English, but I’m from Devon. What do you want to know about me? 1) I don’t like to be framed or put a label on me. If you’re of Asian descent, you may have experienced this in a different way: You've heard “. Or were you already down, and the news brought you even lower. 3. They were friendly to me. UN-attending imPorts will be placed in Davos, Switzerland. It’s a topic that can be debated for hour on end. For the first part of it I wasn't born. As such, I don’t have a definitive answer to “Where are you from?”. Then again, sometimes certain things from our past might stick with us into the present, so in a sense for some of us, we might live in the past. For example, what makes someone Australian? Then lived in China for 8 years. I usually say this when I’m having a bad day or when I’m not in the mood for conversation. In the discussion thread: I just spent two weeks at a Madrassa learning about Islam. Which planet? Moved back to Taipei for a few years in the early 90s then did my MBA in the States, then got a job in Canada. Later I took some from Indian, native American, Finnish, Chinese while continued to have the interest in Japanese and Hawaiian. I guess I need to ask that question back at people more. I have seen it lurking around on YouTube, but never got around to watching it and completely forgot about it. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. First I answer which town I live in, which is met with “No, where are you from originally?” to which I reply which country I grew up in i.e. ‘And we continue to define people based on something that is beyond their control?’ That is a great question there, and you do bring up a valid point there in that the past doesn’t always reflect how we truly feel about places or others in general. Which country I was born in? I don’t want to play psychic and riddler every time. I’ve been mistaken for “mixed race” all my life and often received questions such as “which one of your parents is white?” & “So, have you & your sister got different dad’s” which is quite uncomfortable, rude and insensitive (we are full blood sisters). 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