Came across this article and thought that you might be interested in it. As adopted children, teens, adults, we are constantly asked, just based on our looks, especially if we don't look like our parents, "Where do you come from?" If we answer, "I am 'American,' or 'British,' 'Swedish,' 'Turkish,' 'Indian'" or wherever we were raised, almost invariably the person will persist and say, "But where are you really from?" For some it isn't a problem. I don't mind. Depending on who is asking I answer, "I am Italian!" or else, "I am Chinese!" or "I am American but Italian (or Chinese) at heart." Most often I simply respond, "I am a citizen of the world." For others, especially as the issue of identity can be very delicate, the above question may be upsetting and feel racist. Being judged or pigeon-holed just on the basis of the color of one's skin, the shape of one's eyes, is being blind to who one really is, inside. It can have little or nothing to do with one's actual culture, religion or lack thereof. On the other hand, we can feel deeply connected to our Chinese heritage and homeland, but it really is nobody's business unless we wish to discuss our personal feelings. Most often not with a complete stranger, or someone we have met for the first time.
At any rate, this article may generate an internal debate, or a discussion among your family, friends. Hope you enjoy it! [copy link and paste into your browser].