Setting aside the fact that I’ve seen plenty of Chinese people in hostels, where do you think the Westerners stay when they visit China?
Admittedly, this is not so much of a travel thing as it is a fact of life, as any Asian American will attest to. I’ve been asked this follow up question (and its many variations, but this particular phrasing is my favorite) as much in the US as abroad. It’s a bit of a sensitive one, and some people get upset about it… but I know that it comes from a place of curiosity. I’ve often wanted to ask the same thing but I can’t say I know the perfect way to do it. But at least I can come up with many alternatives better than “where is your face from?”