If a blood donation organization asks for more donations from black people, does that make them racist?

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No, no it does not. But it's an argument the folks at NHS' Give Blood in the U.K. have heard one too many times.

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In an era of second- and even third-generation immigrant families in the U.S., it keeps surprising me how some people are still stuck in the Middle Ages.

If you're ethnically Asian but were born in Europe or North America and have never lived in Asia, you'll know what I'm talking about. From uneducated remarks to downright insensitive and racist questions, we've experienced it all. Let's see which of these you've come across before. And non-Asians, please take note and stop asking us these crazy questions. We're getting tired. Thanks!

(I know some of these might seem unbelievable, but they're all real-life examples of questions I've been asked — often multiple or even countless times).

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CNN's Tanzina Vega is tired of being asked where she's really from, and for good reason.

"Where are you from?" might seem like it's just innocent small talk, and as Vega says in her latest story at CNN, it often is. But there's another layer to it also worth examining, especially when answers like "New York" or "San Francisco" aren't satisfactory for the questioner.

Vega set out to "question the question," exploring the emotional toll it can have on the people being asked, who usually aren't white or white-passing. One person Vega quotes touches on the idea that to the people being asked, especially when asked again and again, it becomes a question of one's legitimacy as a "true American."

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"Self-starter" should be Adrianna Tan’s middle name.

In four years' time, 30-year-old powerhouse Adrianna Tan founded three different organizations — all of which empower people and improve lives across the world.

It seems like there's nothing the young entrepreneur hasn't done; she's traveled to 30 countries (and given a TEDx Talk on curing wanderlust); advocated for gender equality, LGBT rights, and using capitalism to empower people; and figured out a way to incorporate her penchant for travel, education, food, and collaboration into successful businesses that have made life better for hundreds of people.

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