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As an American with an "interesting look" I too have been asked "Where are you REALLY from?" (Original Post) FM123 Aug 2017 OP
kick Angry Dragon Aug 2017 #1
My best friend's parents were from Korea cyclonefence Aug 2017 #2
I grew up in the south. Cracklin Charlie Aug 2017 #3
My asian eye doctor is from Kentucky left-of-center2012 Aug 2017 #4
The line that stood out to me in this CNN video FM123 Aug 2017 #5
Is there a variation of that question that isn't load? mythology Aug 2017 #6
I don't know if there is or isn't a variation that isn't loaded...... FM123 Aug 2017 #7

cyclonefence

(4,489 posts)
2. My best friend's parents were from Korea
Fri Aug 25, 2017, 01:45 PM
Aug 2017

she was born in Chicago. People would ask her where she was from, and she'd say "Chicago," knowing full well what they meant. The reason it pissed her off is that there was never any point to the question. No one ever said to her, "Oh, I have friends in Seoul," or even "Geeze I was sure you were Chinese." They would just say "Oh."

Why the fuck would they ask? They could see she was of Asian heritage; what the hell difference did it make to them *which* Asian country her family was from?

Cracklin Charlie

(12,904 posts)
3. I grew up in the south.
Fri Aug 25, 2017, 01:58 PM
Aug 2017

I moved away 35 years ago. I still here "where are you from?", and when I say where I live now, they say "where are you Really from?"

My friends from the south say I've lost my accent.

left-of-center2012

(34,195 posts)
4. My asian eye doctor is from Kentucky
Fri Aug 25, 2017, 02:44 PM
Aug 2017

Born and raised.

He sounds like he's from some real rural area.
Went to Harvard and John Hopkins.

FM123

(10,058 posts)
5. The line that stood out to me in this CNN video
Fri Aug 25, 2017, 06:37 PM
Aug 2017

was that we always have to carry a "baggage of explanation" whenever we meet new people. Sigh.

 

mythology

(9,527 posts)
6. Is there a variation of that question that isn't load?
Fri Aug 25, 2017, 07:33 PM
Aug 2017

I used to ask that question, not because I believed people were automatically from some other country, but as in what part of the U.S. But since I've learned how it is often meant, I don't do so.

FM123

(10,058 posts)
7. I don't know if there is or isn't a variation that isn't loaded......
Fri Aug 25, 2017, 09:48 PM
Aug 2017

My personal experience has been that if the real reason for asking has to do with race as opposed to geography (here in South Florida we do have many transplants from other states) they don't stop asking when an answer is given. So unfortunately, I can't tell at the onset of the question,only afterwards.

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