“Where you from?” I was asked repeatedly while in Bali and Thailand for the last two months. Strangely enough, my two friends (two obviously not Asian types who, like me, were from America) rarely got asked this question.
“Japan?” “Korea?” “Thailand?” the guesses came. “Nepal?” “Peru?” came more guesses everywhere I went! (Strange how very few guessed Chinese!)
People seemed fascinated that I looked Asian, but had an American accent and acted like a tourist. For some reason, the concept of an Asian-American seemed so foreign.
Where did this mysterious Asian come from?! That seemed to be the burning question in almost everyone’s mind!
Eventually they would nod in understanding if I felt sorry enough for their puzzlement and told them that my parents were Chinese.
“Ah, Chinese!” they would say, as a their foreheads smoothed out and they happily sighed with relief from having solved this modern mystery.
Unfortunately, my patience wore off so I left some still wondering about my origins. (They shouldn’t feel so bad since even my parents think I look like a Korean!)
What do you think? Where do I look like I’m from?