My sister looks a little more ethnic than me, and sometimes gets asked “Where are you from?” to which she replies “Melbourne”. This often doesn’t satisfy the interrogator, who will often be reluctant to say it, but really wants to know what the ethnic mix is.
Maybe you blue-eyed blonds reading don’t realise this, but it can lead to a very irritating conversation for the
suspect subject. Thankfully I’ve only had this happen to me once or twice.
A relative got in touch with some family history information recently, and now we have a better answer, which is this:
Well, our family emigrated to Australia in 1871. What about yours then?
I can’t wait to use that.