There's nothing wrong with being Mexican; I'm just tired of explaining why I don't speak Spanish.
Nashville has a large Hispanic population, and I happen to live smack dab in the Little Mexico part of town. I have dark hair and when I'm out in the sun a lot, my olive skin turns brown. I'm also short (but taller than most Hispanics :biggrin: ).
Sometimes when I'm out with my pearly-white Mrshonts, I notice the same look from people that my parents got when we first moved to a small southern town. There goes the neighborhood!
Sometimes people think I'm Native American, Samoan or Eskimo, but most of the time it's Mexican. Very few think I'm part Asian (there was this girl in grade school who kept calling me "*****"). I don't have slanted eyes, I have almond ones. And I don't have black hair - mine is curly dark brown. (When you stand me alongside my 6' 1" pearly white dad and 5' Vietnamese mom, then you can see.)
So I have all sorts of people walk up to me and start talking to me in Spanish. I had two years of Spanish in high school, which has all gone out the other ear. I just speak English. I know some Viet words here and there and some popular words of other languages.
I love Mexican food. Whenever I go to the Mexican restaurant, I make sure I say "hello" before the waiter says anything.
One time this Hispanic guy was confused and asked why I didn't speak Spanish. (Some people are very particular about ethnic pride by maintaining the language of their people. Some people are the opposite, like my great-grandfather, who banned German from being spoken in his house. He immigrated to the U.S. from Germany.) So I tell him I'm half Vietnamese and half white, which surprised him. He pointed to my bright orange shirt and the green jewelry (jade) and said that not only did I look Mexican, I dressed in Mexican colors. Oh, okay.
I've also come across a few white guys who try to "practice their Spanish" on me. :biggrin:
And then there's the ones who think I don't speak English at all and really condescend. That's when I pull off my best Yankee. I'm sorry, would you like me to speak slower so you understand?
I wish I knew German. I'd really confuse them. :tongue: