I was at an event a couple of nights ago and someone asked me “Where are you from?” I hesitated before I answered. Trying to think of the easiest answer and struggling to really find the right answer. So, I said “I’m from Illinois”. After I said it, I felt lame.
So, I have been thinking about how do I answer that? Do I say: “I’m from Palestine but my family left in 1967 after the war and settled in Jordan but I was born in the US and have lived here most of my life.”
I could say I’m from Jordan but that doesn’t really explain where I really am from.
The other question that comes to mind is, What is their goal with asking that question.
Do they want to know why a white looking girl is wearing hijab? Or do they just assume that I’m from another country?
I haven’t come up with a good answer, I’m not sure there is a right answer. So, I might go with my backup answer. “I’m from Jordan”
Where are you from?