I'm mixed-race, and looking at me it is hard to tell "what" I am (guesses include Chinese, Mexican, Native American/Hawaiian/Alaskan). I rarely get questions about it from other adults, probably due to politeness. However, I am a high school teacher-in-training and have a job tutoring students, and I have noticed that a LOT of kids will ask me, sometimes in awkward ways (e.g. "Hey ... what ARE you?" or "Where are you from? No, I don't mean the US -- I mean, where are you REALLY from?") How should I approach the "race question" when I become a high school teacher? Would it be a good idea to just tell the kids on the first day, as part of an About Me? On one hand I like the idea of being up-front about something that a lot of them are probably wondering about -- might as well alleviate their curiosity. On the other hand, I don't want to make race a bigger deal than it is, especially since I personally do not identify strongly with my own racial background. So telling them would be more of a "Hey, this is why I look different ... well, um, I have nothing more to say ..." rather than "Let me tell you about all of my awesome cultural knowledge and experiences." What do you guys think?