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Society forces choice in racial identities

A random person asks, “Where are you from?”  I already know what will follow. “I’m from California,” I say dryly. “No, really, where are you from?”
I suck in air. “Cal-i-for-nia,” I repeat as if the person is hard of hearing.
“That’s not what I mean,” the stranger reiterates. “Where are your parents from?”
I get it. I [...]