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Please don't ask me where I'm from

Please don't ask me where I'm from
By Shivan Sivakumaran • Issue #42 • View online
“Where are you from?… No seriously, where are you from?”
Kia ora e hoa,
A question I often get and hold in slight disgust. Unfortunately, saying I’m from Palmerston North isn’t satisfactory. Do you or those who are first-generation feel the same? Am I wrong to think this way?
Asking some of my friends, they aren’t a fan of this question either. Especially when it’s the ice breaker.
My origins are Sri Lankan Tamil, but I identify myself as a Kiwi. I’m not trying to run away from my heritage, but I was born in Aotearoa, educated in this land, and lived here most of my life.
My friends in Australia say they are from New Zealand. But people still probe.
Maybe, I should chill out. Patients are only trying to be friendly. But I agree with my friends if it’s the first question asked, that’s a bit rude!
What do you think? Hit reply.
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Thanks for reading, and all the best for the week ahead.
Ngā mihi nui,
Shivan :)

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