A @brianredmon appreciation post, only because Brian was the first talent I ever shot with that was curious about my ethnicity (a valid curiosity) and asked me specifically, “What ethnicity are you?” I think I thanked him for phrasing the question like that before I even answered, and to him it was just common sense. Something happened recently that just really annoyed me. I decided I was going to stop tolerating the “Where are you from? No. Where are you REALLY from?” game that people like to play with Asian people when I was like 20 or 21, after a really bothersome experience at a retail job where a group of frat bros made me stand there and have this stupid conversation with them just so they could tell me they like pho. Like, dope - but I truly could not care less. For years I’ve been able to brush the question off because it’s usually just one person asking - but recently it was a 3 on 1 situation where they were pushing me to have this conversation with them, and I wasn’t even in a position where I could just get up and leave. Realistically, I know that no one means any harm by asking - but after a couple decades the question starts sounding like, “There’s no way you could be from America. Where are you REALLY from?” Like idk what you want me to say! I’ve only ever been from California, friend! Also when people start guessing instead of letting me answer 🙄🙄🙄 and when I finally affirm there suspicions, it’s always like, “I KNEW IT! It was either that, or Filipino.” Is there some kind of stamp card system I don’t know about? Like guess 10 right and you get some mysterious free gift?!? If the conversation can’t end with me answering your question with my place of birth, you’re asking the wrong question.