Where Are You From?
My first answer is the correct answer.
Before I go deeper: I believe I’m a citizen of the world but sadly we have been divided by borders.
Many of us have heard the question while traveling: “Where are you from?” Some give an answer and aren’t questioned more, others like me must explain why we do not look like the stereotypical person.
Do not get me wrong, I’m proud of my Latin roots but the reason why I’m writing about this is that it comes into play when you always must explain your place of birth and why you look different than what they expect. Do I have to always wear a shirt with an American flag and a hat that says, “Make America Great Again” for some people to believe my nationality?
In 2018, I was backpacking through Canada when the question came to light to a new friend at a bar: “Where are you from?” she answered “Germany.” She did not understand why the guy followed the question with “No, but where are you originally from?” as I saw the girl’s face confused, I actually turn to her and said, “He wants to know what type of Asian are you.”