I made friends with a Korean American in my freshman year and by extension, his friends became my friends. My experience from being in Korean Americans circles has exposed to how mainstream America finds them, their culture, along with those of other Asian ethnicities intriguing. While some questions directed at Asian Americans are asked out of genuine curiosity with no malicious intent, they reveal stereotypes and ideas that indicate how Asians are viewed in the United States. “Where are you from?” and “your English is really good” are two common questions Asian Americans frequently answer. Apparently, many Americans subconsciously think Asians are not Americans.
Even if the American Asian’s reply to those questions are “I’m American. Born and raised in California,” often, the next question from the asker is “Okay, but where are you really from?”