Quite often I find myself in mid-conversation with a complete stranger when they pop the age old question..."Are you Asian?" Now, I don't find this offensive at all. I'm great with all things Asian. I've learned to have fun with this over the years by making people uncomfortable and of course exercising my imagination.
My favorite response to "are you Asian?" is usually "No, are you?" I like to save that one for the obvious non-Asian folks.
In recent years I've become quite creative. In a heartbeat I can create some rich back story and just when the story gets really good, I stop and fess up. However, the question still lingers. "But you really look like you might be somewhat Asian." Never fear people, compare me to someone who actually hails from some Asian background and you'll change your mind.
A few months ago a group of men came to the desk at a horribly late hour. This Asian talk started again. It may have been the massive sleep deprivation or the large group of douchebagery that had taken over the lobby but I came up with my new response. "I'm not Asian... that's just my face." This is always to be said with a straight face and monotoned voice, followed by an annoyingly animated smile.
I'm sure if you researched my history, ancestors, yadda, yadda, yadda... you'd come to the conclusion that I'm just a completely adorable mutt.