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    (Original post by Bezoar)
    I'm kind of light-skin brown, but I'm not South Asian (ie I'm not Indian/Pakistani etc), I'm Middle Eastern.

    I've had someone request a bhangra dance when Punjabi MC came on in the club. I've also had people asking me to teach them to wrap turbans, teach them urdu and teach them how to make parathas.

    An old housemate of mine came into the kitchen when I had finished cooking:

    "Mmmm smells good!! Did you just make a curry"
    "No it was fried eggs and toast"
    "Oh, smells like curry"

    I have plenty more but those are just a few to start things off.

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    Haha im the opposite. A south asian mistaken for a middle eastern.
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    I have kinda olive skin (like mediterranean) but am of scottish & hispanic/latino descent. i still remember, when i was like 6 in scotland, a kid at my school asked me, a pretty much white kid but with (evidently extraordinary) non-translucent skin, why i was "so black". if there is literally anything i am not it's black, but apparently i wasn't transparent enough for glasgow
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    Only white people can be racist.. the most ignorant thing i have heard in a while.
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    I'm mixed race. (Black and white).

    Have lost count of the amount of times I've got "Can you tan?" Seriously.
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    "Do you dance like they do in the films?"
    -I am Egyptian.
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    (Original post by oShahpo)
    "Do you dance like they do in the films?"
    -I am Egyptian.
    :lol: I've had people be shocked when they discover I understand Egyptian. "But I thought you spoke arabic"
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    (Original post by Nirvana1989-1994)
    I'm mixed race. (Black and white).

    Have lost count of the amount of times I've got "Can you tan?" Seriously.
    Hahahaha I get that too and I'm not even that dark. I'm actually paler than most white girls who use fake tan :lol:
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    (Original post by Settle)
    I have kinda olive skin (like mediterranean) but am of scottish & hispanic/latino descent. i still remember, when i was like 6 in scotland, a kid at my school asked me, a pretty much white kid but with (evidently extraordinary) non-translucent skin, why i was "so black". if there is literally anything i am not it's black, but apparently i wasn't transparent enough for glasgow
    Ahhh kids.... I lost count of the number of times I got attacked with "paki" when I was in primary school... And I'm not even pakistani
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    "Do you speak Indian?"

    There is no language known as Indian guys. C'mon.
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    When I lived in Japan for 3 years in the 1990's, I lived in three separate places that were small and people there were not used to seeing foreigners. The children would stare at me, point, and shout "Gaijin". Although Gaijin does mean foreigner, it literally translates as Round Eyed Person. The children's parents would often smile at me, apologetically, and eventually I got used to it. But then the old men in the hotel where we all lived and worked would stop and stare at us too, like we had two heads or something.
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    (Original post by Nirvana1989-1994)
    I'm mixed race. (Black and white).

    Have lost count of the amount of times I've got "Can you tan?" Seriously.
    or how they think you can talk Jamaican and refer to you as brother or sister.
    yeah i am half Jamaican and get the same thing.

    ...yes we can tan and burn.
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    When I went in Cambridge for an interview one student asked me :
    -Where are you from ?
    -Greece
    - Oh greece . Wait why did you choose Cambridge don't you have ancient universities there ... I mean from ancient greeks ?
    - ...
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    yesterday two guys on bicycles in a very white area:

    "please don't bomb us today"
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    (Original post by Bezoar)
    Hahah I never understood where dabs even came from, what do they actually mean?
    This is the original dab. The man to invent the Dab is called Dee Brown, a basketball player.

    It has become mainstream with different versions, but his is the original.

    Watch the video here, start from 1:30 to see it.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6J17-Ekrw0
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    (Original post by Final Fantasy)
    I'll keep my answers nonspecific and make it appear that the questions are actually legible and can be understood, usually the questions go like this:

    So where are you from? I was born and raised in Wales.

    Yeah but I mean where are you from? Umm... *repeat initial response*.

    So where're your parents from then? They were also born and raised in Wales.

    Well what about your grandparents? *getting annoyed* My great grandmother and grandparents are/were also from Wales (ugh, would you like to see my birth certificate and a ****ing family tree?! I'm probably more British than you are you illiterate narrow-minded dumb **** whinging about immigrants but living off benefits whilst my family and I pay our taxes, work hard and have never claimed off the state).

    Sometimes after all that they just get straight to the point and ask what my ethnicity is and which countries it originates from.
    Interesting.

    Personally, I must admit I am a bit like those people. Because at the end of the day, what the hell does it matter what country you were born in? Someone's ethnicity is much more interesting than what country it says on their birth certificate.
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    (Original post by inhuman)
    Interesting.

    Personally, I must admit I am a bit like those people. Because at the end of the day, what the hell does it matter what country you were born in? Someone's ethnicity is much more interesting than what country it says on their birth certificate.
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    "You don't really sound/act black at all..."

    You get this from friends and family members, most times just as a passing comment but occasionally it's said to me as though it's a bad thing to speak formally.

    Also had one person tell me that my university course (yes, my course) is a "white" course. Whatever the hell that's supposed to mean.
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    (Original post by Bezoar)
    :lol: I've had people be shocked when they discover I understand Egyptian. "But I thought you spoke arabic"
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    I'm going to look like an ass if it turns out they don't speak Arabic in Egypt after all.


    I've been interested in learning Coptic for a while.
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    PhD student taking my undergrad seminar: So should I presume you're Indian, then?
    Me: I don't think you should presume anything about me! :mad:

    There was also the time I got stopped at Barbican tube station. For carrying a violin case. Coz clearly they've never seen anyone carry a violin case through that station before :rolleyes:

    The most infuriating thing about that time was that the guy just made the accusation but didn't bother to carry out proper stop-and-search checks. If they genuinely thought it was a bomb, surely they should have checked it? :dontknow:

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    I remember when I was in sixth form and I was sitting at the table in the canteen next to this girl and another girl opposite me who was in the year below me. The girl smiled at me and asked me if I was okay so she knew I was there.

    There was this teacher who stood near me. She was tall and beautiful and looked like a model. So the girl sitting next to me said "OMG that lady is so beautiful. And she is Nigerian and I am shocked."
    So paused for a second and said "Because Nigerians don't tend to have nice noses and she does"

    My face was like because I am Nigerian lmao. I didn't say anything to her because she obviously didn't think I was (Most people don't) So I just ignored it.
 
 
 
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