Stop asking people of color where they're "really from"

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Below is a scenario that I often experience:

"Where are you from?"

"Canada."

"No, I mean, where are you really from?"

"...?? Vancouver."

"No... I mean, where are your parents from?"

"Vancouver..."

"Are you sure?"

I should also mention that while I'm Canadian, I have Asian features. My heritage is Chinese.

But please... It's almost 2018. 

Surely none of my Canadian friends with British heritage are being asked the same thing. Asians (or anyone who deviates from the typical aesthetic of a white person) can really be from North America. Or wherever the heck they say they're from. After all, if someone already answered where they were born/raised, where else can they really be from? 

The "really from" question is a denial of my identity. It's an irritant and I know I'm not the only one who experiences it

Let's make 2018 the year that we can be accepted for where we're really from. 



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