(I searched across the internet for good responses to “where are you from”; this is definitely the best answer I’ve found ð ), Thank you, Steven. Also if someone lives in a mixed area then accents and loan words can be picked up as well. “Where are you from” seems like a direct question but in all honesty it’s one of the most ambiguous ones ever. And notice what happens in the gospel. Nevertheless, I get people reiterating the question to me again, or they will prod, âWhere did you grow up?â. They are not satisfied with my answers until I tell them what my ethnic background is. The President of the United States resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, in … 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. Where do you live? Reply's Webinars series covers all industries and spans the latest innovation trends. It goes to show how judgmental and narrow-minded some people can be. 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. In today’s gospel, we hear that question: “Rabbi, where are you staying?” And the response of Jesus is not the usual street address /parish/high school kind of answer. Though sometimes, one can “choose” a home. 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. I try to be easy going, positive, funny and smiling and etc. I usually say this when Iâm having a bad day or when Iâm not in the mood for conversation. Since then, I’ve had many homes. I guess this is what we have to put up with… Some Asians who grew up in the West get insulted when they hear such an answer. 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. The preposition to use after “I live ...” or “I am staying ...” in answer to the question “Where do you live?” or “Where are you staying?” depends on whether you are going to mention a country, city, town or street, in which case you use “in”; or a smaller location like a block of flats, a hotel or a friend’s house, in which case you use “at”, e.g. These are excellent responses, Ing, some more literal than others. Which country I was born in? Live chat badges. Very few, I suspect. If someone you live with has COVID-19 symptoms but isn’t sick enough to need a hospital, now it’s your turn to provide “supportive care” while protecting your health. However, the majority of the time this answer doesnât work with people of Black origin & other ethnicities, they like to know EXACTLY what country youâre from. If I had a dollar for every time I am asked this question… I look Swedish, I have a Scottish accent but I was born in California and my roots run so deep in the Americas that I have Central American DNA. Can’t wait to go back. Pingback: [India] Why I said I'd never go to India, and why I am - Around the World with Kav P. i feel you. Imagine how i can explain to people where i am from… i just answer…i am Chinese and complicated… and imagine later how my kid answer this question … lol…. Born in Melbourne to Malaysian migrant parents, I hold Australian citizenship. For as the disciples discovered, there are no guarantees in that reply of Jesus. In a classic Seinfeld episode, Elaine sits surrounded by friends with kids as they accost her with the now-infamous line: "You gotta have a baby!" I’ve come across more answers just recently. Or, see if you can attend more sleepovers with a best friend. 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. Where do you live?" This is the most difficult, pointless, meaningless, and offensive question to me. Use it only to gain clarity and help you problem-solve. 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. If you get them all correct, you can be my friend. 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. Yes That may come true one day. For many Americans it is a standard question which they use among themselves. I get this question a lot but it certainly doesn’t carry the same weight and I like to have them guess as well, especially when I’m in a playful mood. That is so true. It’s not a question that’s always welcome, and we have a choice to answer it or walk away. _) It is polite of you to clarify the question with the person asking it. To post in live chat, click into where it says “Say Something” and begin typing. Friendly strangers often mention where they are (presumably) born and then the ballâs in my court. Thank you for the response. This was actually one of the first photographs I took that got me into photography. 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 âconfusedâ & am not in touch with my cultral background which is embarrassing because I know I fully am in touch. Maybe not many people in the US know where Indonesia is. Smiling and gently tapping my chest I would say – ‘Here, from the heart’, and you? Where are you staying? It often tends to be a conversation starter for a lot of people. At the same time, I feel like it’s such a simple question, but it means so much to every person! My accent really does confuse people and sometimes their mouths fall open. While I was growing I absorbed mostly American-ish and Japanese culture. Which planet? “I donât live in the past so I live only presently.” This is quite a profound phase, one that I agree with. I was born in one country in Europe. This is a temporary solution. BTW, I was in SE Asia last year, and loved Singapore and Penang. I’m sure you don’t get the question all the time, if at all. Use this option to reply to another person's response. We might look rude asking that question, or we might come off as curious. Everything that is absolute, strict, framed, labeled already belongs to past the time you mention it. Or when I feel apprehensive towards the person asking me the question or the person sounds nosy. Regards, Thanks for sharing. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. You could then follow up with asking what is their credit card number ð, Hello Mabel. You definitely have a hard situation to describe in response to that question. It centers around a girl in high school who kills herself after feeling discouraged and hurt by traumatic circumstances. And I only recently realized, that despite all its faults and defects, France is my home. My response usually changes depending who Iâm talking to. Such a good post Mabel! So this question is likely to be asked more than ever. Please enter your name and contact informaton. You could hardly tell where i am from… based on my (English) accent… then i landed in NZ with PR. 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. All three questions seem innocuous at first glance. Like the question, small talk is intimidating to me too quite a lot of the time – I’m very much the introvert. Are you convinced Iâm a foreigner? I quite honestly cannot stand this question. Photo: Mabel Kwong. You are very kind. At the end of the day, we are all different ð. Our ancestors all come from somewhere, usually a different city or country altogether. Now of course when people ask me where I’m from I hate saying all 5 countries due to people maybe think I’m exaggerating or holding on to that 1 sixteenth of an ethnicity which is absolutely not the case or else I would mention countries such as Scotland and China where I have minimal ancestry history. Where are you staying? Cue to Western Europeans prejudging me as untrustworthy as I come from the Balkans. Also, they are those whom I’ve met not too long ago and perceive as strangers. You're welcome is SO OVERUSED! When I was a teenager I dived in counter-culture, Greek philosophy, Hawaiian while continued to possess the interest in American and Japanese. There are not too many things that can offend me but people asking me where I am “really from” is one of the few things that does. I was born in Exeter, the city that I love most! What part of Scotland do you come from? I’ve been working on another blog post about this question again for a while now. People tend to think that Iâm Malaysian when they hear this. From my experiences residing in different continents, I’ve learnt to affiliate with both Asian and Western values, making my identity a complex one. But it’s the present and our choices in the present that shape us who we are right now. 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… Still smiling. Tune in to hear from Reply’s subject matter specialists as they dive deeper into the latest industry news, new and innovative technology solutions and the issues affecting your business. Enjoy ð. (Which is also kind of not clear, but oh well, better than explaining where I’m from. 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. Like Dr. Martin Luther King, it may bid you to combat racism in all its forms, to march in political rallies, to get involved in the shaping our laws and policies. It really depends on who asks the question, and if you want to deliver the long or short answer. We have every right to ask that question and I think it’s shallow of Caucasians to laugh at us when we ask them it. Very clever. 1. Have a great day! It must be interesting when people met you and they wonder where you lived previously. 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. Do they think they know more than us about “where we’re from”? Now I live in three countries. My background is kind of like yours – parents escaped Mainland China to Taiwan during communist invasion. 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. Why are you interested in me? 1) I don’t like to be framed or put a label on me. I have seen it lurking around on YouTube, but never got around to watching it and completely forgot about it. Lita, Thanks for stopping by this older post, Lita. I also agree avoiding the question is usually the worst option. I myself am an Asian Australian. With this response, an audible uncomfortable pause follows and a rush of awkwardness simmers between me and the person who asked the question. You have two different options for replying to a post within the Discussions tool:. “Is that a Scottish accent I hear?” Anyway, of course I was forced to live elsewhere completely against my will. ð. The other thing is how you answer of course. 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. It usually silences the asker. They want to know what race you are. # 8 is genius! My relatives hold different nationalities/ethnicities which could describe them by blood: arctic race, asian descendent, caucasian race… overall 5 different “nationalities”. For you though your accent would confuse a lot of people la. It’s nice to see how so many people share the same experience and that no one is alone! I’m here and now. I am Australian. The two disciples stay with Jesus the rest of that day, from 4:00 on. Reply Brenda Honestly, we claim to live in a society that values freedom for all and yet we still try to force someone to talk about their past even if they say it’s offensive? Seriously, outside of the Pacific Northwest I just hate the rest of the continent, although please understand that this is just my view and I know mine is no more “correct” than anyone else’s and anyone is free to disagree with me. Here are 14 ways how: 1. I guess I need to ask that question back at people more. In reality we all have our stories. ð, I think most of the time, people really are just curious about my background and want to know more. (Perhaps we should ask a Caucasian Australian this question.) My first memories come from there. 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. Number 8 is a creative one. Its funny how personal you take it when you handmake an item and i still take it personally after 16 years and 14000 reviews on all my online shops LOL. “Where are you staying?” Close to the master. 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… ð, Mabel, They are usually wrong. I think a lot of the time they don’t expect to play this lovely guessing game. Where are you from? (I was same person 10 seconds ago before you asked). ‘Come and you will see’ invited them to journey to the Cross at Calvary and their own crosses, scattered throughout Christendom. Go ahead and get others to guess all the places you are from, and if they get it correct, you can be their best friend. Home is what we make it to be. ð Thank you for another insightful post. That’s where I will stay, that’s where I will live.”. I’d rather people mind their own business. Prep South High School, and Our Lady of Providence parish, are my answers. I do not use static terms, descriptions etc. The first tells you that I was in the seminary from early on. About Implico Reply. How do you respond when people ask you where you are from? Sometimes if you pick the wrong one it creates some extra weirdness. When people of white origin ask me where Iâm from, usually I can say âIâm Caribbean & South Americanâ and this would be good enough for them then we can move on. React to public comments. 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. Where do you live? 13 Reasons Why is a Netflix series based on a book by Jay Asher. Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter and important announcements via email. The place you… I identify myself as being Australian (since this is the culture I was exposed to and lived in the longest and is the place where I live permanently), but whenever I tell people (especially Asians like the one I encountered in trips to my ancestral home in Asia) that I’m Australian, they look at me like I’m nuts. At the end of the day, I donât know which is more amusing when people first meet me: them asking me âWhere are you from?â or them stereotypically assuming I hail from Asia based on my accent and looks. 4) I develop my culture every day. I have emailed her but not had a reply. It’s a topic that can be debated for hour on end. I either state all 5 countries which I absolutely hate! And, I confess, I long for a bit more. To all the places where Jesus lives, where Jesus stays, we are invited to stay. Be solution driven. Here are 16 advanced ways to respond to 'thank you' in both casual and formal situations! Then again, it’s a question that can help make connections. “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. Small talk can be enlightening. I’ve seen other front covers of that film and didn’t like them so much. Be honest without being hurtful to … What do you want to know about me? Your photograph captures beautifully that moment of looking into the world and yet holding our own space at the same time. Thanks for your reply Mabel! But it can also be a tactic in emotionally abusive relationships. I’ve learnt no to worry. It just makes absolutely no sense to me. What I experience is – You ever ask a Caucasian Australian with a noticeable accent where he/she is from? 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. I say this when Iâm feeling cheery or am warming towards the strangers Iâm talking to. Subject: Message body. It is known as the St. Louis question – and there are two variations on it. We carry our hearts wherever we go, and who we are is the makeup of the heart. Love God. Still smiling.’ It’s a phrase I will keep in mind. Some people will think it weird that you ask them ‘Where are you from?’ back, like it is almost insulting to them. Learn how to respond to it and when it becomes abusive. If your channel is eligible for memberships, you can create custom membership badges that show up in live chat too. Iâve been mistaken for âmixed raceâ all my life and often received questions such as âwhich one of your parents is white?â & âSo, have you & your sister got different dadâsâ which is quite uncomfortable, rude and insensitive (we are full blood sisters). This is where I have 3 options: To the question, I responded, “That is completely irrelevant”. Exactly, when you get to know someone closer it doesn’t really matter, you can tell them “where are you from”, and because they know you they will understand your opinion. Follow these steps for Outlook 2019, 2016, and Outlook for Microsoft 365. You can use the filter bar at the top of each tab to filter the comments you see. Which languages I speak? And all that returning and talking in past tense etc. But I agree, it is best not asking this question on the first time meet up. There is something about this Jesus, something about how he lived that ordinary day at home that clinches it for Andrew. Thanks for stopping by, Brian. Even in 50 years time or so a second or third generation Asians will still be asked ‘Where do you come from?’ The YouTube video above is an example of that. Discuss what you both feel are reasonable lengths of time to expect a response. 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. It’s a struggle to live with. ‘And we continue to define people based on something that is beyond their control?’ That is a great question there, and you do bring up a valid point there in that the past doesn’t always reflect how we truly feel about places or others in general. But then people tend to wear a confused look on their faces, as if they canât believe theyâre hearing an Australian speak with a non-Anglo accent. Both of them reveal a lot about who we are and what makes us tick. Send a message. 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. I like adding a dash of humour to my responses when answering “Where are you from?”. I suppose there are many of us who are more sensitive towards the question because whatever we answer with would be how others see a part of our identity and if it gets quite deep, maybe even stereotypes on personality, behaviour and values. When you face challenges, learn how to share with someone you trust and do not forsake good counsel. You can filter by specific text in comments, by comments you haven’t responded to, by comments with questions, and more. Which would make “Where are you from?” a really complex question for them. I guess that means I’m a bad American. Grew up in Australia, have an Aussie accent, and have viewpoints which are considered ‘non-Asian’. I haven’t watched Shanghai Kiss but it seems like a good movie to see on a lazy weekend. 3. Change ). Interestingly I have the European version of the film which has the better front cover on it. Good for you and nice you get interesting conversations out of it. 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. 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. I’ve seen this video before – it certainly applies to a lot of Asian-Australians who are born in Australia. Please be informed that the branding for Live account has already been decommissioned and you are unable to create @live.com. I lived in 4 Asian countries last years. (Or maybe I will move to Penang?) Then people will say âIâm from Belgiumâ, but their answer sounds like, itâs 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 . The positive note on this topic, constructive criticism, can be useful because it speaks to the issues and offers a learning experience. Always been fascinated by how some people can comfortably call one place “home” ð, Well I spent the first 18 years of my life here. The more varied responses you give, the more intriguing responses may you get ð. How do you/would you answer âWhere are you from?â. Cheers. That is so interesting to hear you’re a halfie, and proud of it! That will change over time though. The silent treatment is sometimes just a sign of poor communication skills. I find this one kind of kills 2 birds with 1 stone because most people after asking where youâre from will ask which country each parent comes from. After seeing the pic at the top of your post and reading ” Each pair of shoes travels far and wide”, I thought for sure you were going to say, “I’m from everywhere my shoes have taken me”! Once I had someone who kept insisting that I was from New Zealand, but this is another story altogether ð, When I was living in Taiwan, an American from California asked where I was from. Pick a ‘sick room’: The sick person should stay in a bedroom with a door if at all possible, and not come out except to go to the bathroom. Now Kwong? And again, I believe that I have the right not to talk about something if I don’t want to talk about it. ‘Come and you will see’ invited them to journey to the Cross at Calvary and their own crosses, scattered throughout Christendom. The proper answer is either, “Fine, thank you,” or “How do you do?” or some form thereof. As such, I donât have a definitive answer to âWhere are you from?â. The second – What parish do you belong to? The North, the South, midwest, etc. ð, I don’t think it’s anyone’s business to know where you’re from. I was born in London, UK. That is clever. Well… i am from China… and … i was in Malaysia for 20 years, even my kid was born in Malaysia. I also think the question goes against so many of our supposed cultural values. 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. Sorry to hear about people judging you. ‘Come and you will see’ took them to work among the poorest of the poor. So we’d rather not be asked it. “fairly innocent” is a good way of putting it. Â 5.Â Â Â Â Â Itâs none of your business. I’m glad I saw this post, I’m often asked this question, which I’m sure many people are asked this question very often as well. The question where are you from to me is like asking, where is your home, and home is in NZ for me. I really like “My home is where I am”. Oh my wife/husband and I went there on our last holiday Thank you ð. Each pair of shoes travels far and wide. A little bit of background: I am from British Columbia because it is where I have chosen to live and it is quite honestly the only place in North America where I would ever willingly live. It seems the hope (perhaps saying the same thing as you differently) might have more to do with the excarnate creatures that we have become to live an incarnate (kingdom of God within) life that is “spent” toward Christ and His will to win over by love in uncommon unity with all souls because we are all made in the image of God. 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. 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?”. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. It can be an amusing question, but is can be a very personal one that we would not rather be asked for privacy reasons. And since I feel like the Netherlands is my second home, I find it’s bit confusing to answer the question, so I always reply as “It’s complicated, I have two home countries.” ð This week, I invite that gospel question of the disciples to be the question of your prayer – “Where are you staying? For additional information regarding your concern, please contact Microsoft account support. 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