And for that, I am so so glad. 😉, I don’t think it’s anyone’s business to know where you’re from. Not only is there usually a kind of assumption others have about you when they ask that question, there is sense they want to make a personal connection – or maybe not realise they are getting personal (personal to us) and more often than not are inclined to go with social norms. You can filter by specific text in comments, by comments you haven’t responded to, by comments with questions, and more. “Is that a Scottish accent I hear?” That will change over time though. And notice what happens in the gospel. Funny how people never really get “Where are you from” correct when we ask them to guess…do they even want to guess correctly and get the question correct? Omg, I just thought up of a good response to use, the next time someone asks me where I’m from: “We are the Borg. However, the majority of the time this answer doesn’t work with people of Black origin & other ethnicities, they like to know EXACTLY what country you’re from. It is polite of you to clarify the question with the person asking it. For example, if you live with one parent, ask if you can live with the other or spend more time at their house. I usually instinctively say Auckland (as that’s where I was born), but then they’ll ask “No, where are you really from?” or “Where are your parents from?”. The President of the United States resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, in … About Implico Reply. The positive note on this topic, constructive criticism, can be useful because it speaks to the issues and offers a learning experience. No worries. And thank you for sharing your story. For additional information regarding your concern, please contact Microsoft account support. It goes to show how judgmental and narrow-minded some people can be. You can use the filter bar at the top of each tab to filter the comments you see. I try not to because my mom’s English and people tend to ask me if I got her accent and whether or not I’ve visited England and if I’ve got a dual citizenship. I was born in Taiwan and moved to Canada when I was 4 years old. “tedious as well as intrusive” That’s a good way to describe the question. You can easily reply to any discussion. BTW, I was in SE Asia last year, and loved Singapore and Penang. These are excellent responses, Ing, some more literal than others. That’s a good question! Love Others. Whenever I am asked thag question I usually reply Earth. Having grown up in Asia and Australia, “home” is essentially foreign to me – I feel attached to each country I’ve lived in in some way. When you face challenges, learn how to share with someone you trust and do not forsake good counsel. They are not satisfied with my answers until I tell them what my ethnic background is. The two disciples stay with Jesus the rest of that day, from 4:00 on. I find this video funny (as in comedic). Lovely to hear you had a good time around SE Asia. Are you assuming my first language is Chinese? But then people tend to wear a confused look on their faces, as if they can’t believe they’re hearing an Australian speak with a non-Anglo accent. I did spend time in France, but most my life away. Such a good post Mabel! 5) I don’t understand what people exactly want to know and it’s not so appreciated to ask 10 questions back, whereas most of the people answer with one name. Then people will say “I’m from Belgium”, but their answer sounds like, it’s obvious ,why do you ask, meanwhile they also understand that it should not be the first thing they ask before get to know more about me as a person . Since then, I’ve had many homes. All three questions seem innocuous at first glance. I myself am an Asian Australian. They would probably not be expecting that answer. 😉 Where are you staying? I would imagine that most people don’t mean harm when they ask you, though. Lovely article, thanks 🙂, I like how you say it ‘‘Here, from the heart’, and you? In other words, I was outright denied the right to pursue what I wanted in life. The question “Where are you from?” can have a lot of emotional, psychological and personal weight on it. I find this option is the worst because it makes me feel awkward which is such a horrible feeling and also it might make other people think I am “confused” & am not in touch with my cultral background which is embarrassing because I know I fully am in touch. Reply's Webinars series covers all industries and spans the latest innovation trends. Usually, they catch on to my humorous side and gamely play along. I am just not interested in talking about the past because I am only interested in writing my own life story, and the past to me was just being handcuffed and denied the right to pursue what I wanted in life. It sounds like you have a very rich family history, and proud of it all round. So far, I’ve responded with these statements and here are the reactions I get: This is very true. Please, someone give me some hints! Why are you interested in me? Peter, I will spend the rest of my days staying with this one called the messiah. Hehe. Here's how to answer that age-old … May have to post it on my blog one of these days. © 2021 St. Justin Martyr Catholic ChurchSite design by A2ZWare. Most of them would be very, very surprised and some might be a bit insulted – that is, if they are a local living where we’re at. I’m here and now. The first tells you that I was in the seminary from early on.  5.      It’s none of your business. So sorry for you and sad people actually have another opinion of you entirely after you’ve answered the question. Cause I’ve figured out what you have to do, you have to go into your App Store and see if Facebook needs an update, update it then you should have the live feature back. At times, I feel sad because it’s hard for me to truthfully express who I am in one quick sentence to nice, down-to-earth people asking the said question. I found your blog when googling answers for “Where are you from?”. Everything that is absolute, strict, framed, labeled already belongs to past the time you mention it. Some responses are more entertaining than others, though; furthermore, if you have the kind of relationship where you don’t need to verbally say the words to show that you do… Very few, I suspect. If you go back in history both American and Australia accents were formed largely from English speakers from different areas/accents all mixing with each other. Uh, you know, here… There… You know how it is..! Though sometimes, one can “choose” a home. “Where are you staying?” It is one of the more important questions that the disciples ask Jesus. I don't know if you're having the same trouble I have been having, but when I try to contact a buyer or a seller and I click the "Respond" button, it goes to the page to respond, but there is no field (box) to type your question in. Not to mention I was constantly abused during that whole time, being berated and told that I was not good enough to do anything in life, as well as being told that I was delusional for thinking I knew what I wanted. Sometimes I will get asked ‘What is your nationality?’ which holds different meanings to home, and is more factual – which still can be hard to answer. Thanks for sharing. ‘Come and you will see’ may take you and I to the inner cities of St. Louis to work with the poor. How do you/would you answer “Where are you from?”. Here are 14 ways how: 1. For example, when people ask “Where are you from?” they’re usually wondering where the person was born and raised. Mind if I use it??? And one few long-lasting problems I’m trying to find a key to. Our ancestors all come from somewhere, usually a different city or country altogether. Once I had someone who kept insisting that I was from New Zealand, but this is another story altogether 🙂, When I was living in Taiwan, an American from California asked where I was from. “fairly innocent” is a good way of putting it. Are they from the West Coast, the East? I remember when I was younger telling my mum “I wish I could just say I’m from one country” Or “I wish I were only from 2 countries” to make my life easier. Then again, it’s a question that can help make connections. The question itself is actually fairly innocent because people ask standard questions when they first introduce themselves to each other. If your email account is a Microsoft Exchange account (you can set up an Outlook.com account as an Exchange account in Outlook), you can set up an out of office auto-reply directly on the server. Jim. I don’t mind being asked it most of the time, but it’s only when it’s asked very suddenly out of the blue. I think some of us are just very honest people that way, and we know we can’t give an honest answer to the question. I guess people usually nod their heads at this response and the conversation would, hopefully, quickly drift from there to a topic less personal and invasive. I think it’s cool that you can claim heritage in a lot of different places. For you though your accent would confuse a lot of people la. The easiest way to follow up on an e-mail message you receive in Windows Mail is to reply to it. Reply Brenda “Where are you staying?”  Close to the master. I’ll post here once I’ll have something if you don’t mind. Sometimes we are just plain curious about where someone has been, and the most direct way to ask it is ‘Where are you from?’ It is very thoughtful of you to not generalise. (Or maybe I will move to Penang?) And live here still. But my parents are Malaysian. I am only interested in pursuing the life that was meant for me, and I am not even slightly interested in talking about the past that I fought to get away from. I lived in 4 Asian countries last years. But I believe it to be one of the important questions that the gospels ask of us. (Which is also kind of not clear, but oh well, better than explaining where I’m from. Sorry to hear about people judging you. That is so interesting to hear you’re a halfie, and proud of it! True. If fate were to allow us to meet I’d love to give you a friendly hug. When someone asks you ‘Where are you staying/where do you live, how do you answer them. That said, the past and what we’ve experienced does go some way in shaping our worldview and what we believe in. One learns to see and experience so much coming from a family of different nationalities and having the opportunity to live in more than one place. So I also took some from Sri Lankan and Thai since I lived there a bit. I typically understand people are just curious , but I also felt annoyed sometimes. on both sides I have Portuguese, Guyanese, then on my mum’s side I have Brazilian and Trinidadian and my dad’s side Jamaican. Instead it’s treated more like a salutation. Please enter your name and contact informaton. It would be fun if we started asking the question back at those who ask it in the first place. I don’t want to give the answer people “want” because then the framing and tons of prejudice, preconception, and weird questions, and “related” news show up. Pretty sure a lot of the time, many who ask me this question want to know where I call home and expect a simple, straightforward answer. Maybe not many people in the US know where Indonesia is. Learn how your comment data is processed. A single home produces a small worldview, which is what I discussed in my most recent poem. Where are you from instantly makes it feel like I’m not from here, but perhaps I’m a bit more sensitive towards this question, as it’s been something that’s been asked my whole life. Where do you live? Yes, this response sounds rude and stand-offish. First I answer which town I live in, which is met with “No, where are you from originally?” to which I reply which country I grew up in i.e. I always was local everywhere I lived or visited, some places were closer to me, some were not. So true what you said – not all of us will have ties with a certain place even if our parents do. In this case, you should choose a time when you are calm, and in person, to discuss with your boyfriend how it makes you feel when you send a text,, and he doesn't respond for a long time. As an Asian Australian who speaks with a slightly tinged Singaporean-Malaysian accent, quite often here in Melbourne people ask me when we’re mid-conversation, “Where are you from?”. It’s a topic that can be debated for hour on end. I’m a first time visitor and I’m really enjoying your blog. Where do you live? Send a message. the UK, then again “No, what country do your parents come from?” then that’s when I have to say Hong Kong even though I’ve only been there once on holiday and not to see any relatives either. I usually say this when I’m having a bad day or when I’m not in the mood for conversation. Use this option to reply to another person's response. Also, they are those whom I’ve met not too long ago and perceive as strangers. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Like the question, small talk is intimidating to me too quite a lot of the time – I’m very much the introvert. This question is an ambiguous one. As the only dedicated Workplace by Facebook partner in North America, Implico Reply leverages the digital strategy and cloud expertise of the Reply Group with the power of Facebook technologies to help you evaluate, design and integrate the right tools to overcome your biggest communication challenges. Then, click the send icon . The video Matthew posted is hilarious!!! Discuss what you both feel are reasonable lengths of time to expect a response. While I was growing I absorbed mostly American-ish and Japanese culture. It must be interesting when people met you and they wonder where you lived previously. It is a very honest answer, but at the same time someone might take it the wrong way and think you are insulting them. I wonder how many of them would be able to give you an answer if you asked them what they’re actually trying to find out. Learn how to respond to it and when it becomes abusive. The question also serves as a good conversation starter in my opinion. I get quizzical looks when I throw the question back at them. A little bit of a background: 3. Then an interesting and friendly conversation follows before we part and go our different ways. I’m guilty of sometimes asking people where they’re from if they’ve got a foreign accent I don’t recognize. NEW DELHI: Ever since I moved to New Delhi, the three questions -- whether I am at a work event or meeting, at a party or date -- that I inevitably get asked are: 1. The contact information is included with the certified summons letter. Prep South High School, and Our Lady of Providence parish, are my answers. My friends in Australia do consider me as Australian, though some randoms on the street will sometimes ask, “Where are you from”, with one man referring to me as a tourist once when I was riding a bus in Sydney. My first memories come from there. The other thing is how you answer of course. It’s nice to see how so many people share the same experience and that no one is alone!  8.      I’m from three places. Love God. There is something about this Jesus, something about how he lived that ordinary day at home that clinches it for Andrew. What part of Scotland do you come from? I can only imagine how people might react when you tell them you come from five different countries – they could even expect you to say more. “How do you do?” is not generally thought of as a genuine question about your well-being. For as the disciples discovered, there are no guarantees in that reply of Jesus. Your blog on that subject brought me to your writing. 3. Let me know of the responses you get. He tracks down his brother and says: “THIS IS IT.”  I’ve found the one. As far as Asia… I told you I was born in Pakistan, then we stayed in Cambodia when I was 3. Many people, particularly in the US, reply to “thank you” with “you’re welcome.” giphy.com As this Tumblr post points out , this has begun to change, as young people use and hear "you… I was born in one country in Europe. We might very well know where home is if we’ve had a good time growing up in a certain place. It is a typical question, most often from Americans. I’m sure people have a fun, maybe confusing, time guessing where you’re from 🙂, Hi, When it comes to ethnicity questions in surveys my answers vary all the time depending on the options from Black British, Black Other & Mixed Other. ; Select the Reply button for a specific message to reply to that message. More often than not, I feel it is too much of an effort to do just that, and will just mumble something about my parents’ home country – and the other person will immediately ‘get it’. “I live in Malaysia/Penang/High Street.”; “I am staying at the E & O … Both of them reveal a lot about who we are and what makes us tick. Which country I was born in? Thanks, k1ke. The movie I’ve mentioned I enjoyed watching because it does I believe answer this topic. I grew up there. I’m sure you don’t get the question all the time, if at all. In fact, I will likely start seeing some sort of counsellor soon to help me get over all of that trauma, since I admittedly have an issue with holding onto anger, and also trauma like what I went through can affect people on so many different levels. It’s just another question, really…. “Where are you from” seems like a direct question but in all honesty it’s one of the most ambiguous ones ever. Number 8 is a creative one. Always fun to get people to guess where you are from. Each city there is so different in terms of history, modern developments, people, food and so much more 🙂. It just makes absolutely no sense to me. I quite honestly cannot stand this question. My problem is that I want to find something that will as easy as answering “I’m from Canada”, yet meets my criteria and vision on the topic. I love your post. 99% of the time, I feel uncomfortable because I’m a private person and really am not keen on sharing my life story with someone I barely know. The only thing you have to do is fill in the message. Lita, Thanks for stopping by this older post, Lita. Please be informed that the branding for Live account has already been decommissioned and you are unable to create @live.com. It’s quite normal for children regardless of where they are born to pick up the accents from their parents. Yes Your photograph captures beautifully that moment of looking into the world and yet holding our own space at the same time. Then they get all agitated and go on a bit of a rant which often involves stereotypical thinking of certain cultures. I’ve been mistaken for “mixed race” all my life and often received questions such as “which one of your parents is white?” & “So, have you & your sister got different dad’s” which is quite uncomfortable, rude and insensitive (we are full blood sisters). You don’t have to go through it alone, and a problem shared is a problem halved. I am Australian. Instructions in Section B here: Windows Live Mail and Outlook Mail ; Once the account has downloaded all the folders, copy messages from the other folders in Windows Live Mail containing the messages you want to transfer into the new folders under the new Outlook.com account. (I searched across the internet for good responses to “where are you from”; this is definitely the best answer I’ve found 🙂 ), Thank you, Steven. Usually I just say I am from BC, although when I am actually in BC it is a bit harder since then people are more likely to try to dig deeper. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. So we’re all from “somewhere” or “some place”! It is known as the St. Louis question – and there are two variations on it. The question is always more than meets the eye, and often the person asking it has a pre-defined notion of who we *should* me. 4) I develop my culture every day. I’ve had some conversations with some people where I can just feel that they want to know where I’m from but don’t dare voice that question, possibly afraid they’ll offend me I presume. Their facial expressions say it all – that I’m a tourist which is so not true. A lot of the time the present is where we’re at, where we rightfully live in the moment to learn and define ourselves. I guess that means I’m a bad American. Chinese and complicated…I like that way of describing yourself, and when you describe yourself that way to others, you don’t get too many other questions… 😀, Mabel, “I don’t live in the past so I live only presently.” This is quite a profound phase, one that I agree with. Be honest without being hurtful to … Thank you for another insightful post. It really depends on who asks the question, and if you want to deliver the long or short answer. And we continue to define people based on something that is beyond their control? Each pair of shoes travels far and wide. I shaped a lot of responses to that question, yet there’s no universal one. I’d rather people mind their own business. It is a good question. I’m going to try it from now on. Which planet? # 8 is genius! I actually think it’s pretty cool that you have so many different answers to a seemingly simple question, but of course, I can see how it can be annoying at times, too. That is so true. The second tells you that I grew up in white, lower middle class suburbia. Smiling and gently tapping my chest I would say – ‘Here, from the heart’, and you? But as the video shows, sometimes the person asking the question just can’t comprehend funny responses and may get offended. Which languages I speak? So it was like going “home”. People so often make assumptions that we are somewhere based on skin colour; they might be wrong and we might want to correct them because their assumptions can paint a false impression of us and who we speak on behalf of. Change ). Maybe you have your own responses too 🙂. What I experience is – Subject: Message body. You are so right when you say some people want to know EXACTLY what country you are from, or specifically what country you have bloodlines with, and down to the ethnic community that you *should come from and resemble. Then again, sometimes certain things from our past might stick with us into the present, so in a sense for some of us, we might live in the past. Oh my wife/husband and I went there on our last holiday Good answers! From my experiences residing in different continents, I’ve learnt to affiliate with both Asian and Western values, making my identity a complex one. ‘ is poetic. Sometimes I do think a direct answer right from the get go keeps others happy and no longer curious, and you can then in turn ask them where they are from, turning the tables 😛, Thank you so much for this spirited response, Nicole. Have a great weekend 🙂. I think I might try and see how many different answers I can give before we get to my ethnic background. Some of them more thought-provoking. Now I live in three countries. With this response, an audible uncomfortable pause follows and a rush of awkwardness simmers between me and the person who asked the question. It must be frustrating. Your parents are probably Peranakan, and you probably speak Hokkien. Do I give a short answer, do I give a fuller explanation (and bore them in the process) and what happens after they have digested the answer. the UK, then again “No, what country do your parents come from?” then that’s when I have to say Hong Kong even though I’ve only been there once on holiday and not to see any relatives either. The thing is: “Come and you will see!”   As if to say: “You can’t answer that question with words – only with actions, only with what really reveals the heart and soul. I usually get this question asked to me a lot as I don’t look like my other family members (I’m quite fair skin & they are all darker than me) & I also don’t look like I’m from on particular country. Reside definition is - to be in residence as the incumbent of a benefice or office. “It doesn’t matter” reminds me of a time recently where I responded to this extended. ‘it means so much to every person…we live in a white culture’ So spot on, Katie. My response depends on my mood and the tone of the person throwing this phrase at me. Grew up in Australia, have an Aussie accent, and have viewpoints which are considered ‘non-Asian’. Can’t wait to go back. My ethnicity is Portuguese, Guyanese, Brazilian, Trinidadian & Jamaican. Sometimes it could be tricky and insulting..Great post, Mabel! The question where are you from to me is like asking, where is your home, and home is in NZ for me. ‘Come and you will see’ invited them to journey to the Cross at Calvary and their own crosses, scattered throughout Christendom. Microsoft account support I dream of visiting her one day. 4. Thank you for the response. This week, I invite that gospel question of the disciples to be the question of your prayer – “Where are you staying? I’m sure it’ll be lots of fun 🙂. Close to his love. I’ve come across more answers just recently. But it really is fun sometimes to get people to guess my heritage and race when it pops up! That may come true one day. Where I grew up? Great post! And it’s not like I completely took all the cultural features but shared some of them. We might look rude asking that question, or we might come off as curious. You're welcome is SO OVERUSED! Satisfied with my browser 's response you pick the wrong one it creates some extra weirdness am asked question! 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