He might even say he's Indo-British if he wants the best (and worst!) of both worlds?
Dre, the poll gave too few choices maybe. I answered 'Indian' though for sake of helping.
What is wrong is that there is a fear in the guy in your scenario giving his answer, in case the person asking just wants to know if they are 'superior' in race. I guess people like this do exist because this thread is full of this notion. I've never knowingly experienced racial discrimination against myself, and I hope that's because I try to meet everyone equally, from workmen who come to my home to fix something, to Arab dignitaries.
I'm not saying that subconsciously I don't have pre-conceived notions about racial characteristics, but I fight that idea when I meet people. Whatever may be true broadly of a race (and such characteristics do often exist, as a wide notion and a percentage of population - Singaporeans being ultra hard working for example, my long personal experience really bears that out), it cannot just be applied unthinkingly to individuals.
I do ask people 'where are you from?' but out of pure curiosity, so I can ask them about their country or their experiences. My response to their reply would not be a sour face or a harsh word. The ONLY things that matter are their personality and actions. There are many intelligent Indians, peaceful Israelis. humble Brits, quiet Americans, etc etc. To judge people on the basis of their nationality is the occupation of those of lower intelligence. To educate those of lower intelligence must be the occupation of those with more grey matter.
I say lower intelligence rather than lack of experience, because in general only people of lower intelligence will try to judge others on the basis of racial sterotypes without having sufficient personal experience to make a valid judgement.
My definition of intelligence for above purposes is: Intelligence is a person's capacity to (1) acquire knowledge (i.e. learn and understand), (2) apply knowledge (solve problems), and (3) engage in abstract reasoning
. It is the power of one's intellect, and as such is clearly a very important aspect of one's overall well-being. Psychologists have attempted to measure it for well over a century.
Stolen from http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/intelligence.html