You don't need to explain your mixed race child to strangers
“Where did you get your daughter?”
He is Caucasian. His wife is Chinese. But whenever he goes out with his daughter (and the wife isn’t around), people bombard him with the above question. To which he jokingly answers: “In the usual way”.
Why would a total stranger ask someone "Where" he got his daughter? I mean really? I am guessing "Where" because they are already thinking "adopted from some Asian country".
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The thing that ticks me off the most is how people are usually all up in other people’s business when there is something 'interracial' about a family. "Are you the nanny?" So what if I am? It’s like people have no clue about interracial dating, interracial marriage and mixed race kids. Is it really ignorance or just playing dumb?
The father above wonders what the right response is for that question. I don’t think there is a right response – especially for someone who already has a preconceived explanation about your family. Adopted, sitter, father, mother... what business is it of theirs? They are strangers. Who cares where the baby came from? Imagine the impact such questions have on those kids.
Shame! Shame! Shame! Its really non of your business where the kid 'came' from.
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