Hi, so what ethnicity are you?

Audrey Niemchick
Ann Arbor, MI

I actually laughed when the girl that I was about to play a tennis match against asked me that during our warm up. Casual conversation. The first thing she said to me. And let’s not forget the other 306 people who have asked me and tried to guess. “You look Mexican. Japanese? Puerto Rican? No, Hawaiian! Oh you’re Asian? I never would have guessed.” I am a wildcard. People can choose to play me as Asian, White, Mexican, or any racial or ethnic group that comes to mind. Whatever it is, my placement in a racial category is not up to me.

 

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