I’m originated from Shanghai, China, currently doing a PhD at Syracuse University. Unavoidably, I have been welcomed with the question “where are you from” on a daily basis. It seems that not many people actually cares about the real answer: Shanghai — people generally don’t care about that corner of the globe –they only want to confirm their observation that I am a foreign alien. So, sometimes, I’d like to give false answer to see different reactions. At a recent house party, a half-drunk guy approached me and asked me THE question. I said I am from Boston. He then yelled at me and called me a liar.