When was the last time someone asked you where you are from?
The last time someone asked me that was just a few days ago, it happens quite regularly for me now.
What happened/how did they say it?
It was a woman who asked me, she asked very poliety and seemed genuinely interested. I hate to sound sexist, but the energy a woman has asking, versus a man, is very different.
What was the person like?
She was lovely, she really seemed to be amazed by my ethnicity and was very kind in the way she approached asking.
How did/does it make you feel?
I don't mind it, people ask me all the time so I am very used to it. I understand why, it is always interesting finding out which ethnicities create what.
How did you respond/how would you have preferred to respond?
I responded the way I always do: with a smile, I try to see it as a compliment. I don't think it's offensive if asked in the right context.
What connotations do you think the question has and what do you think it says about Australia in terms of the way we understand cultural identity/ nationality?
I don't think Australians have any type of look that you can pick. I think First Nations have the look that is our identity and everyone else is yes still Australian but also partly whatever other background they are.