Would you get annoyed if people kept thinking you were of a different race?

I work with the public on a daily basis and I always have people asking me if I'm of a certain race, which I'm not....some of them even assume it and start talking to me in that language and I'm like...I don't understand. Some of the ethnicities people have thought I belong to include Italian, Indian, Pakistani, Greek, Arab, Hispanic, Phillipino, Portuguese, and Mexican...

I guess it's because I have an olive skin tone, but I just wanted to know what you thought of this situation that I deal with everyday?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    No, I would just answer "yes" to them all since race really doesn't matter.

    example:

    "Hey..are you..Indian?"

    you answer:

    "Why yes, I am from Calcutta."

    The next person asks

    "Excuse me, mind if I ask..are you Mexican?"

    You answer:

    "Yes. I am from TJ."

    and so on and so forth.

    People ask me all the time too, and always guess wrong.

  • kaire
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    That happens to me. Everyone thinks I'm a mixture of everything -- I joke around with my friends that I represent the world lol. It used to bother me a lot, like why can't people tell what I am? My parents are of the same ethnic background but everyone always assumes I'm half Mexican, Indian, Arab, African... I've gotten 'em all! And then people coming up to you speaking their native language, yet all you can say is, "Nope sorry, I'm not ________." It gets old.

    But in the end, you know what you are :) And if people ask, well they're just curious. It does get pretty annoying but I guess there are worse things than being asked your ethnic background is, right? lol

  • 1 decade ago

    Nah. I have the same issue but I don't get annoyed. I'm half black and Filipino. I get the some of same assumptions as you do except.....Filipino. Weird. Mostly people assume I'm hispanic or Polinesian. When people start talking to me in Spanish I usually say "excuse me" and they get the picture. If the conversation continues for a longer period of time I might slip in a few spanish phases in just to confuse them even further. My Spanish is actually pretty good.

    Deac

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Not really. I am half black and half American Indian and people never know because over the phone everyone thinks that I am Caucasian. When people meet me in person, some will actually ask because I have medium toned skin and straight black hair. It really doesn't bother me, I just tell them I am mixed or I am a mutt. And there is nothing more lovable than a mutt!!!

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  • Chele
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    no - but if you go by the recent National Geographic Genographic study we all descended from africans about 60 thousand years ago which pretty much means we'd all be a part of a mixed background sooooo

    with that in mind I'd just say "maybe I am but I'm not aware of that part of my history yet" It's usually what I say followed but my background includes italian, irish and a little bit more ...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    My wife gets annoyed quite a bit sometimes. She is part Cherokee so she has an olive color to her skin. She is mistaken for Hawaiian, Mexican, Polynesian and middle eastern, but hardly anybody thinks native American.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    yes I would be annoyed. My friend has dark hair and skin. When we go shoppping or to dinner people will just start speaking spanish to her! Shes from Idaho and is like "I have no Idea what you just said!". talk about putting their foot in their mouth though, I bet they dont do that again for a while!

  • AJ
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    So far, I've always been recognized as a member of the human race. But if I keep gaining weight, I'll be mistaken for a bovine pretty soon!

  • 1 decade ago

    I don't get bothered by it. Yes, I do get ask if I am a certain race (Spanish)- and do have people approach me and start talking to me in Spanish. But, I am part Native American (my great grandmother was full blooded). I don't find it annoying though.

  • 1 decade ago

    OMG! I hear ya! People always think I'm Native American or Hispanic!!!

    Just to let you know, I am Hawaiian, Filipino, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, and Norweigian... sorry if the latter is not spelled correctly!!!

    Hang in there! Lol.

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