For people of color, including myself, the ‘where are you from?’ question gets really exhausting. It often disguises curiosity about the ethnic-background of the person being asked. They are actually not enquiring about me, the human being.
It is quite annoying that people in this day and age can be so presumptuous. In fact that question (although not always) comes with a lot of historical baggage attached. This question actually disgusts me a little and I find myself getting so frustrated every time I get asked. I find myself getting asked this question specifically by ‘white’ communities, as my accent (another issue) does not give any clues of my origin. So, that question about my ‘foreignness is irritating! It questions my authenticity and alienates me with an implication that my looks don't make me Kiwi or Australian.