Race & Ethnicity Abroad
The subject of race and ethnicity will vary within each community, city, or region of your host country. You may be a part of the minority or majority for the first time and be challenged to consider your identity in a new context.
Regardless of your identity in the United States and how you perceive it abroad, you may find that members of your host community will be eager to ask questions and may make assumptions about your appearance, identity, and experiences. Some questions may be considered offensive in a U.S. context and some individuals may cross physical boundaries (by touching your hair or skin, or taking unsolicited photos). Be prepared to evaluate the actions and intentions of individuals, and, if you are in an uncomfortable situation, put your safety first.