New acquaintance: "Where are you from?"
Me: "San Francisco/U.S."
New acquaintance: "Where are you from originally?"
New acquaintance: "No, where are you really from? Where were your parents from?"
Ever have that happen? I've had that kind of conversation in multiple countries, not just the U.S. I guess I just don't look "American" to some people. Some people won't give up until I've explained my parents' entire emigration history. I enjoy baffling them with my "Maryland" response.
While a this kind of inquiry is a little annoying at times, I never realized that it is a violation of etiquette.
I'd like to know a polite response to stem inquiry beyond my reply of "San Francisco."