The Tricky “Where Are You From?” Question in Japan

A nuanced question with loaded subtext, or an innocent query? People describe how they field the context of this question in Japan and elsewhere
Living abroad is an exciting and at times delicate beast to behold. One of the first prolific things I noticed when trapezing in and outside of state and country lines was the near-constant reminder of being asked to know who I was, where I came from, and to be able to explain my background succinctly.
Identity, where nationality intersects with ethnicity to compound the complexity of you
Appearance, voice, accent, even the way I carry myself signifies different things to different people in a way I have not been able to contain. On occasion, I’m mistaken for being from somewhere else, sometimes questioned even in my home country.
It’s a curious, interesting thing: identity, where nationality intersects with ethnicity to compound the complexity of you. An equation that is somewhat the sum total of your parts, plus or…

This is only a snippet of a Tokyo Travel Article written by Jes Kalled

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