I don’t know if any other visible minorities can relate, but I get asked “Where are you from?” ALLLL the time. Usually I cheekily answer, “I’m from Canada” like I have no idea what they’re getting at. It’s almost always men who ask – guys at the bar, food and shop vendors, randoms I meet while out hiking... take a peek at this video below and tell me whether this has ever happened to you.
In case you were wondering, I’m of Venezuelan, Chinese, French and Portuguese descent with maybe a couple more mixed in there too (or more simply put, Trinidadian). Especially when I used to be a little bar-hopper in my university days, I would get so annoyed by getting asked this question every night. I felt frustrated because I was born and raised Canadian and very much identify with this nationality, but people couldn’t seem to accept that as an answer. As I got older I realized that despite the question not always coming out quite right, it was coming from a place of curiosity more than anything else. (Though I will admit it was quite fun to see the guys squirm and try to rephrase over and over again exactly what they were trying to say.) They were usually asking because they thought we had something in common. I'm most often pegged as Lebanese, Indian, Spanish, or “some kind of black”.
So tell me... my “ethnic” / visible minority / non-white readers out there... do you get asked this question all the time? How do you respond?
On the other hand, does this ever happen in reverse where someone automatically assumes they know where you’re from?
Linking up with Heather from Fiery and Opinionated for this week's edition of It's Friday and I'm Just Sayin'...