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« on: September 17, 2007, 03:18:41 PM »
'Where are you from?"

This is all too common question asked by another Asian (mostly women) “Where are you from?" before "hello, I am ____." 

I was at a basketball game this past weekend and I saw another Asian woman who looks friendly. I love friendly people. She had a friendly smile as she passes by holding her 2 years old son and I smile back at her. Soon at halftime, she came over towards me and said, "where are you from?”

Exactly, no introduction, no hello, no "what' is your name?", but "where are you from?” I hear this too often, in fact I expected this from another Asian to ask first "where are you from?" rather than a friendly hello, or hi, my name is? Alternatively, what is your name? 

I have been asking about this for a long time, what is so significant about this? Why not know me first and ask me that question later. It is visually clear that I am from an Asian country; does it really matter where I am from? 

Then, I am confuse by how to answer this question because I was born in Anda, grew up in the U.S., and live all over the place, which one do they really want to know? 

I am from Anda, Bohol, Philippines.   


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« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2007, 03:28:30 PM »
Thais of all walks of life love to ask this question: "Where are you from?"

My answer: Philippines!
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2007, 05:25:11 PM »
Hi!

Yes, you are right!
Often asked the same, hence, more frequently confused with other nationalities.  Not in a cool manner but more naughty art........one time I answered, am from Africa,  but am having now a lighter tan for staying too long here. :o :o Had given this answer because the sound and how was personally observed, staring repeatedly up and down.

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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2007, 08:22:50 AM »
Typical situation
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I will walk to a store and meet a person in line, they usually talk about sales and discounts. Then they will ask where I'm from:

Me: Oh im from New Jersey
Them: **with surprise look** Oh really?
Me: Grew up in New Jersey, but originally from the Philippines
Them: **big smile** Oh from the Philippines! Oh my father was there in world war 2
Me: Really? **begin to have casual conversation**
Them: Oh I really love the Filipinos, they're such warm and good people.

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Thats usually the pretext of any conversation I have with people in their middle ages. Good times.

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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2007, 09:37:46 AM »
I think that woman wanted to find out if you were from her country...so then, she could talk to you in your dialect. Murag na hinangop ra to siya.

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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2007, 10:45:00 AM »

Most Americans will immediately know if you're Americanized or not (the manner of speech, mannerism and how you carry yourself), but if you look 'foreign' as in not white or black, they'll usually want to know what ethnic background you're from.


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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2007, 12:10:42 PM »
I agree... ako ana raba ko... where are you from. kay i cant just say hi Im Belle and you're---? wa man gud ta maanad ana...


But mostly ako ang mapangutan-an where i'm from...sa LA pa ko daghan mo ingon nako Que paso! syeet!!! ako dayun ingnon no habla spanggol!!! hahahhaha
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« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2007, 12:33:29 PM »
aaaayyyy!

hahahaha!

pareha ta ms belle, everyone thinks I'm mexican. Mexicans just come up to me and talk to me in Spanish (in SF and dire pud), and then pinoys in SF don't talk to me unless I talk to them. When I start chatting them up, mo ingon dayon, "ay! pinay ka pala! akala ko mexicana ka!"

pait! pait!


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« Reply #8 on: September 18, 2007, 12:50:55 PM »
hmmm it gave me a hint on how you look like... mestiza diay ka ha??????

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« Reply #9 on: September 18, 2007, 12:56:58 PM »
Dili oi ms belle!

Mura ko'g mexicana kay tambok man ko jamo, naka protrude jud ning akong tiyan.

Bwahahaha!


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« Reply #10 on: September 18, 2007, 12:59:23 PM »
sigi lang daghan meztiza nga tambok pero angayan man japun...

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« Reply #11 on: September 18, 2007, 01:01:56 PM »
ay ako ms belle,

tinuod nga pagka sulti,

dili ko angayan!

hahaha!

ikaw hinuon, wow legs kaayo ka!


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« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2007, 01:05:13 PM »
di oi, ikaw ray nag sulti nga di ka angayan...


di ka mag pa enroll sa ahong beauty academy???


naa bitaw kuy korean girlfriend sa una sa LA, sosyalada gyud to sha, she likes giving me tip kay single lagi ko. ingon sha adto sa balay namo kay i trim nako imong kilay, hesus, ibot que ibot raman na sha morag nang himolbol ug manok, pwerteng sakita, pero na learn ko niya... nga ang kilay kuno ang next to the eyes nga tan-awon sa tawo, mao nga akataon kuno...


mao na C2, bahala ug wa kuy lipstick basta naa gyud kuy eyebrow pencil...

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« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2007, 01:15:56 PM »
Mao jud na akong problema ms belle, I suck at trimming my brows.

I was spoiled. Naa pa kos Pinas, my cousin did my brows, and she was really, really good...murag professional.

And I agree. Kung nindot pagka pluck ang brows, mo lahi pud tan-awon ang face.


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« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2007, 04:52:50 PM »
I really don't mind being ask "where I am from?" and I will gladly answer it with a smile, but their timing is wrong.  Then, sometimes I'll say " I am from Arizona" and I'll get this confuse look from them.  I usually clarify it by saying, " originally I am from the Philippines, now lives in Arizona/England" and I'll get a "ah, you are a Filipino." answer. So, our conversation continues with several blah, blah, blah, followed by an introduction. 

Here's another scenario:

Asian will ask:  Are you Chinese?
                    Are you Vietnamese?
                    Are you Japanese?

Hardly, "Are you Filipina?".

I think it is a common courtesy to introduce yourself, or say "hello" before anything else.

This must be a cultural thing.  Is it?





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« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2007, 04:55:28 PM »

You are right, Lorenzo. Usually Americans will converse a little about something else before they'll ask you "where are you from?".


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« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2007, 09:34:38 AM »
OT: Nindot bitaw shape sa imong kilay, ms belle.

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most of my badidat friends told me nga mag pa tattoo, pero ingon ko unja na ug mag kurog2x na ko....



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