By: Nadia Jannif
Jul 01, 2019
“Where are you from?”
It’s a simple question that’s often asked as a way to get to know one another better, or so we assume.
But the question can stir up a multitude of emotions from people of colour in Canada.
And it’s not just the question “Where are you from?” But the follow-up, “Where are you really from?”
Ayesha Khan says it’s a lot to unpack. She’s a fifth-generation Canadian from Langley, B.C., whose family has been in the country since the early 1900s.
“A few times I’ve responded with, ‘I’m Canadian’ and they give me this look because the answer is not what they are looking for. And it’s defeating cause you feel like you’re not enough.”
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